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County workers pitch in to fill the backpacks

Operation backpack prepares 600 kids for school year

WHITE PLAINS (August 28) - The assembly line was bustling as volunteers stuffed backpacks full of everything from notebooks, binders and folders to highlighters, protractors and flash drives. In all, more than 600 students will hit the ground running this school year thanks to supplies from Operation Backpack, a partnership between The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester and Westchester County’s Department of Social Services.

“Today is the perfect example of why I started Sharing Shelf – it’s bringing the community that has together to help the community in need,” said Deborah Blatt, director of The Sharing Self, which collects and distributes clothing to people in need throughout the year. “Because of everyone here, 600 children will feel a lot better about themselves when they start school next week.”

Donations are being accepted until September 5, and the top requests are empty backpacks and calculators. A $25 donation will fill one backpack. Contact The Sharing Shelf at (914) 305-5950 or thesharingshelf@fsw.org for more information.

 


Sergeant Todd King (right) and Patrolman George McSpedon helped launch
AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Public Safety Building
in Poughkeepsie. The Young family, (L-R) Tristan, Connor, Shane, Caylee
and Cole participated in the ceremony. Christopher McBride Traffic
Safety Specialist (back center) represented AA

Poughkeepsie Police help launch "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 22) - Sergeant Todd King and Patrolman George McSpedon of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, along with local school children, helped AAA New York to launch its 69th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at Poughkeepsie Police Headquarters.  

Colorful “School’s Open” posters will be mounted in Poughkeepsie to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, Assistant Director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit.  “We appreciate the efforts of Sergeant King, Patrolman McSpedon and the Poughkeepsie Police Department, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.

Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights, as required by New York State law.

The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies.  Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.

AAA New York State’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” program began in 1945.  Since then, it has helped to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age. 

AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate, provides automotive, travel and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in New York City, and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Herkimer and parts of Lewis, Madison and Oneida counties.

 


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NECSD Extended School Year Program students develop robots  

NEWBURGH (August 20) - Students from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Extended School Year Program’s Prep for Grade 6 Program, located at the Vails Gate site, studied a special unit about robotics during the four week intensive summer program.   

Students assembled robots using kits and programmed them using laptop computers.  The young engineers involved in the program explained that the lesson not only helped develop their thinking skills, but also their math skills which were honed while programming the robots. In total, approximately 100 students attended the program.

“The experience of building a robot from scratch was an interesting experience,” said student Yohanly Martinez.  “My favorite part of building the robot was doing the programming. We used math skills such as the degrees and angles when programming the robots to make certain movements.”

Facilitator Anthony Grice explains, “In addition to obtaining the necessary skills and practice for the 6th grade, students enrolled in the program had the bonus of assembling and programming their robots. The enthusiasm of the students and dedication of the staff made this program exceptional.”

 

Beechmont Fountains Dedicated

NEW ROCHELLE (August 15) The Beechmont Neighborhood Association dedicated two new lake fountains on Wednesday, August 13.  The fountains were installed by the neighborhood with assistance from Iona College and the City of New Rochelle.  

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Volunteers needed at Stony Kill

FISHKILL (July 28) - The Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is in need of volunteers to help at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center on Route 9D in the Towns of Fishkill and Wappingers Falls.  Assistance is needed with the following tasks.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at foundation@stonykill.org or call us at 845-831-1617.  The Stony Kill Foundation has taken over the operations of the Farm and Center that used to be run by the NYS DEC and we cannot possibly continue in our endeavors, without the help of those in our community.

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