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F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Adds “Jimmy’s Bus” to its Preschool Playground in Memory of Jimmy Guischard

The Kirby Center’s “Jimmy’s Bus” with Jimmy Guischard’s wife, Becketa Rosemarie; his son, James; Madison Area YMCA President & CEO Diane Mann and the Kirby Center's Executive Director Harriet McCarter Credits: Madison Area YMCA

"That's the plan!" was Jimmy Guischard's signature phrase. An incredible man who was beloved by all, Jimmy worked as the transportation and maintenance manager at the F. M. Kirby Children's Center of the Madison Area YMCA for 15 years. A little more than a year after his death, Jimmy's colleagues and friends purchased a lasting memorial. "Jimmy's Bus" will reside on the preschool playground to be enjoyed by all the children that he dedicated his professional life to. 


Jimmy lived and modeled the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and his presence is still deeply missed by everyone. After a special dedication ceremony on September 1, “Jimmy's Bus” is now a permanent reminder of a very special friend to all. 


The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development center and provides exceptional quality in childcare and curriculum-based early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, Young 5 students and kindergartners. As a former elementary school, the Kirby Center facility is specifically designed for children. Located on almost 3-acres of property, the Center has a full-size gym, full kitchen that serves snacks and meals developed by a staff nutritionist, a pediatric registered nurse on staff and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

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The F.M. Children’s Kirby Center is a member of the prestigious New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, a participating partner in the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey initiative to implement school-based food, nutrition and physical education programs and is also a flagship center for the Healthy U program which teaches preschool children the importance of physical activity and healthful nutrition. Financial assistance may be available for eligible families.


As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, and improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.

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