The 12/19 session was a great success! The use of competition really brought out the best in the kids. 5 children took part, including 1 who normally doesn't because he has trouble spelling. The promise of prizes was received well and helped them focus. Stats will be posted later, but I can say that comic turnout was very high.
One interesting feature the YMCA has are "TY Bucks." Kids earn them by doing good things and can redeem them for prizes donated by members. This is a great educational and classroom management tool, similar to the stamps I used while teaching in Taiwan. I may use this with the comic project in some form in other venues.
Pictures and videos will be posted soon.