FALCONER - Interacting in the community by reading, exercising, saving money and donating items will lead to some children winning a prize.
The Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is again hosting its annual April Youth Month Challenge. Kelly Haaksma, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union chief executive officer, said the financial institution has about 1,000 child members who can participate in the contest. The youth-month challenges consist of children doing three fitness, savings, reading and community challenge activities. Once the children complete the challenges, they will be eligible to enter a contest with the grand prize being an Xbox 360 with Kinect or a Playstation Vita. In total, there are more than $2,000 in cash and prizes, which also includes prizes like an iPod Touch, bicycles and passes to Splash Lagoon
''We want to encourage the children to be affiliated with the credit union and with community groups,'' Ms. Haaksma said.
Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union youth members and employees are seen celebrating the April Youth Month Challenge. The Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a contest to challenge children to read, exercise, participate in community services and learn how to save money.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
Community organizations participating in the youth-month challenge include the YMCA, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Jamestown Bowling Company, Turner Community Center Pool, Darwin's Health Club, Clarion Hotel and Bounce-A-Lot Playground. Libraries participating in the contest include the Lakewood, Dunkirk, Mayville, Falconer, Sinclairville, Darwin R. Barker, James Prendergast and Patterson.
Ms. Haaksma said this is the first year the annual youth-month challenge is collecting food for the Joint Neighborhood Project food pantry and for other community organizations. To complete the community challenge, children have to bring in two non-perishable food items at least three times.
The challenge cards need to be return to the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union by May 4 to be entered into the drawing. Credit union locations include 51 E. Main St., Falconer; 57 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk; 41 S. Erie St., Mayville; and 111 W. Second St., Jamestown.