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Children Celebrate Valentine's Day at Rye YMCA

RYE, N.Y. – The Rye YMCA hosted its annual "Make Your Own Valentine" event Monday evening for local preschool and elementary age children. The event, which started at 5:30 p.m., allowed children to make their own Valentine’s Day cards using glitter, stickers and paint.

While Valentine's Day is cast as a romantic holiday, School Age Program Coordinator Yanique Powell said the children at the YMCA have a more innocent take.

"When you have kids this age most of them say the valentines are for their parents or a best friend," Powell said.

According to Powell, the event was so popular that the YMCA had to extend the program to accommodate all the interest. When it was all said and done, 35 kids and their parents participated in the one-hour program.

"So many people called in we had to open it up to more kids," Powell said. "It's really a more relaxed kind of thing. We serve cookies and juice and people can come and go."

This is the first year that Rye Brook resident Jackie Piacente took her daughters Siena, 7, and Ella, 5, but the Piacentes are YMCA program veterans.

"We've done the pumpkin painting and we came when Santa visited," Piacente said. "We try to come to all the holiday events. They really love this stuff."

Five-year-old Ella, a kindergartener at Ridge Street School , made a card for her teacher Mrs. Laroche.

"I'm making mine for my teacher," Ella said. "I love Valentine's Day."

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