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Yoga4Classrooms trainers at CCE. Participating districts: Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty,
Monticello and BOCES White Sulphur Springs

Extension offers Yoga4Classrooms training for local schools

LIBERTY (September 25) - Yoga4Classrooms uses mindfulness practices in the classroom to support students and teachers in behaviors that lead to a peaceful and engaged classroom environment. This is a multi-year program, spanning two academic years. With funding from the NYS Department of Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) offered Phase I Yoga4Classrooms training for forty-two Sullivan County K-12 educators last school year.

CCESC and Sullivan Renaissance have partnered to offer advanced Yoga4Classrooms training this coming school year for Sullivan BOCES at White Sulphur Springs, Monticello Elementary and Middle Schools, and Fallsburg Elementary and High Schools.

“Teachers and students both benefit from the program,” said Jill Holland, occupational therapist of Sullivan BOCES at White Sulphur Springs. “Teachers have already been incorporating relaxation techniques and body movement as a way to help students stay calm and focused.”

With Sullivan County’s difficult health ratings, this is one approach schools and teachers can use in the classroom to encourage healthy behaviors.

“Yoga4Classrooms provides educators with no-cost tools to help improve student performance and reduce disciplinary issues”, said SueAnn Boyd, CCESC healthy schools program coordinator.

The public can learn more about this and other Healthy Schools and Communities programs, projects, and partnerships; or Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing, or visiting Ranks SUNY Ulster as a Best Community College in New York

STONE RIDGE (September 18) - website has ranked SUNY Ulster as a Best Community College in New York State for 2017, recognizing the College in several important categories:

  • #5 Best community college in New York State
  • #3 Low student-faculty ratio
  • #2 Most affordable college in average net price also noted SUNY Ulster’s “cozier learning experience” and participation in the Start-Up NY program which offers companies a 10-year state and local tax reprieve for moving operations – and jobs – to college campuses.

Criteria for ranking the thirty-nine colleges (campus-based and online) included in their review included student-to-faculty ratio, distance education participation, affordability of tuition, flexibility, graduation rates, retention rates, and transfer rates. The ranking can be found at

SUNY Ulster was also recognized by EDsmart as #5 in Top Ten Best Community Colleges in New York State, 2016-2017. In 2015, the National Center for Education Statistics ranked SUNY Ulster in their national list of top 100 public, two-year colleges with the lowest net price, the only community college in the SUNY System to be included.


ShopRite employee family members receive college scholarships

FLORIDA (August 31) - ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. owner and operator of 34 stores throughout New York and New Jersey, announced the recipients of its Make a Difference Through ShopRite Supermarkets Scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program rewards the academic excellence of ShopRite Supermarkets associates, or children and grandchildren of ShopRite associates, who plan to enroll or are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

The winners of this year’s scholarships, who each received a $1,000 award to use towards their postsecondary education, are:

  • Alex Bisogno of Seaford, NY, who will be attending St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY to study homeland security. Bisogno is the son of James Bisogno, produce merchandising manager at ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.’s corporate office in Florida, NY.
  • Briana Spina of Middletown, NY, who will be attending The College of Saint Rose in Albany NY to study English. Spina is an associate at ShopRite of Wallkill.
  • Alyson Hummer of Warwick, NY, who will be attending SUNY at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY to study music. Hummer’s mother, Tamara Hummer, is an associate at ShopRite of Warwick.
  • Andrew Miller of Carmel, NY, who will be attending Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY to study biomedical engineering. Miller is the son of James Miller, an associate at ShopRite of Bedford Hills.





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