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The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Celebrated Diwali, the Ancient Hindu Festival

Oct 20, 2017

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For Immediate Release

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Celebrated Diwali, the Ancient Hindu Festival

(Madison, NJ) October 20, 2017 – The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA celebrated Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Preschoolers made their own diyas (candles) and learned about Diwali from preschool parent Divya Kumar. All students at the Kirby Center tasted a special, sweet Diwali treat called Burfi in mango, chocolate and plain flavors. Pictured with their diyas: Front Row: Matthew MacCarter from Mendham; Calvin Everett from Madison; Wesley Busch from Madison; Camila Cespedes from Madison; Oliver Strickler from Summit; Ava Fontes from Madison; Skylar Visich from Madison; Back row: Ava Watt from Chatham; Eli Brenneman from Madison; Gavin Doninger from Madison; Zarian DuBeau from Madison; Divya Kumar; Rhea Kumar from Madison; Luciana Jimenez from Millington and Julian Slusarz from Madison.


About the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development centers and provides exceptional quality in child care 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, a pediatric registered nurse on staff and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

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.

For more information about the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center, located at 54 East Street in Madison, please call 973-377-4945 or visit

The Madison Area YMCA is a 501(c)(3) cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.