ABERDEEN, SD (Dakota News Now) – The YMCA Youth Development Center held a name change ceremony on Wednesday, honoring Glenna and Rodney Fouberg.
The Foubergs were honorary co-chairs when the facility first opened in 2013. Glenna was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame for her work in education. She died of complications from COVID-19 in January 2021.
Rodney and Glenna’s son, Robert Fouberg, said his parents never asked for the star for their work in the community.
“The recognition itself and what they do, I think first and foremost, they hope it sets an example for others and encourages others to do what they can to help the community,” Robert said.
Glenna served on the YMCA Board of Directors until the day of her death.
“The board came together and wanted to recognize Glenna and Rodney for their outstanding contributions to the YMCA and to the community itself. Glenna, a lifelong educator, was very child-focused, and we thought this was a great way to recognize her,” said YMCA CEO Mike Quast.
Robert says his mother would have tried to shed some light on the recognition.
“She would certainly be humbled by the recognition. She was making a few jokes about the name being up there, all to distract from the attention that would be given to her if she was here,” Robert said.
The Glenna and Rodney Fouberg Youth Development Center will also be expanded. On the west side of the current facility, 10,000 square feet will be added. This will contain eight additional classrooms that can accommodate an additional 145 children.
This will add 20 full-time positions and 40 part-time positions at the centre.
The classroom will be reserved for children under five. This is where the YMCA has seen the greatest need for child care options in the central city.
“What we realized was that we needed more to meet the high demand. At the moment we are full. The opening was in 2013 and we’ve been full since 2015,” Quast said.
The project will cost $3.5 million and the YMCA has already raised $1.2 million so far. They will campaign until March 2023, then begin construction. Staff hope to start using the new space by March 2024.
Robert Fouberg and his wife, Erin, will follow in the footsteps of Glenna and Rodney and serve as honorary co-chairs of the expansion.
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