MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA celebrated "Lights on Afterschool" and Healthy U Day last Thursday at Clinton Elementary School at an event organizers described as highlighting "our afterschool program's important role in the lives of children and families in our community." 

As part of the celebration, kids in the South Mountain YMCA's after-shool program participated in the "1 Million Steps Challenge," tracking their steps with pedometers while doing a range or activities from soccer drills to Zumba dancing. 

Their steps, a well as those of children at four other Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges branches, were combined, with a total number of steps of well exceeding the 1 million step goal, according to Margaret McHugh of the YMCA.

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Two student ambassadors, Miller and Eden, gave tours of the school which included the Color Run, Zumba-thon, healthy snacks area, and a science demonstration.

"The South Mountain YMCA is working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs to help families keep kids safe, active, socializing and learning," shared Kate Cestar of the South Mountain YMCA. "Our Y is so fortunate to provide over 800 children each day with these opportunities."

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