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Every year the Bastrop Education Foundation chooses a select few students from a pool of candidates to be that years “Rising Stars,” a group of students who the teachers feel are truly exceptional in and out of the classroom.

Check out the awesome new mural in Child Watch, by renowned local artist and Y member Avery Orendorf. Did you know Avery's very first mural was painted at the Y a few years ago? Avery's sons, both elementary schoolers now, have been among the many wonderful kids in Child Watch over the years. There's nothing like the smiles from kids and parents when there's fresh art or toys in the kids' areas. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s lots of things going and room for heart growing with holiday cheer. Join your YMCA friends for a December to remember. This month is packed full of family-friendly events and celebrations for all ages to enjoy. Stop by one or all of your favorite events during the holiday season.

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With the holidays approaching, many families are gearing up to travel near and far. No matter where you're headed, or how long it takes to get there, we've compiled our favorite travel tips right here so you can be confident, stay sane, and enjoy the journey!

Today was Napoleon “Napo” Griffin’s first day working as a Program Director in the Program Services branch of the YMCA of Austin. This department, located on Red River Street, oversees Y camps, afterschool programs, and more.

With a new season finally here, we wanted to share some autumn-themed crafts that your toddler will love. These festive activities bring fun twists to everyday crafts, and will allow your toddler to embrace fall.

Fall Leaf Potato Stamp

Fall youth soccer season is off to an exciting -- and adorable -- start at the YMCA! Mom Ashley Moore sent in these photos from the recent practice for 3-5-year olds. Her daughter Georgia, pictured here, is 4 years old and playing soccer for the first time. It is also the Moore family's first time being part of the YMCA community. How's it going so far? "Amazing!" Ashley says.

November is Military Family Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Austin offers the following tips to help children of military families in the Greater Austin community cope while loved ones serve overseas.

Eating dinner as a family is one of the best ways to connect as a family, share what’s going on, and enjoy each other’s company. In today’s world, it’s easy to let our phones distract us at the dinner table. In an effort to strengthen family relationships and help parents connect with their children, we want to share 25 questions you can ask around the dinner table to help cultivate conversations with your children.

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