SUNY New Paltz Tutoring Reading (Aired December 7 and 8, 2019)

 

In the United States today, some 30 million adults are functionally illiterate, reading below the
sixth-grade level. RadioRotary interviews Sam Slotnick, the Literacy Center Coordinator at the
State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), who works with with a program
that brings together teachers who are becoming specialists in reading with elementary or high-
school students with reading problems. For the teachers, it is part of their MS degree in Literacy
Education. For the students it is a chance to be in a one-to-one (or one-to-few) learning
program at a nominal cost. The program begins with a free assessment of reading for individual
students. Then about fifty to seventy students from around the Hudson Valley enter the program
for either a spring or a summer term. Mr. Slotnick offers this advice to parents: Read to your
children; read topics that interest the child; and take your children frequently to the local library.

Learn more:
Literacy Center at SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/literacycenter/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Master of Science in Literacy Education–SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed/master-of-science-in-literacy-education/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in Children, Education, Literacy, Youth  

Pleasant Valley Holiday Festival (Aired November 30 and December 1, 2019)

Pleasant Valley Recreation Director Sandy Coe and local businessman Frank Mazzella
visit RadioRotary to tell about the full-day celebration that is the Pleasant Valley Festival
of Lights. The event, which combines food and Santa, pets and Santa, a parade and
Santa, and many other holiday traditions, started a few years ago with a simple lighting
of the Town Christmas tree. Today it runs from a breakfast (with Santa) starting at 8 in
the morning and concluding about 12 hours later with a parade followed by hot
chocolate and cookies at the Fire House. Aside from Main Street–site of the parade of
floats, fire trucks, walkers, and Santa in a horse-drawn carriage–the main action is at
three important locations in Pleasant Valley: the Fire House, the Library, and the Mill
Site Historical Museum. Starting with a pancake breakfast, continuing with cookie
sales, a chili cook-off, food trucks, and lots of hot chocolate, it is easy to spend the day
in downtown PV, enjoying readings and encounters with various animals in addition to
the main event, the parade.

Learn more:
Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation: https://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Fire Department: https://pvfdny.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Lions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Pleasant-Valley-Lions-Club-NY-606476433167428/

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December 8, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Children, Events  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 4 (Aired November 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary interviewers visited the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg,
Germany, where they found many Rotarian groups and other Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) doing good in the world. This radio program, the fourth in a
series, covers a few of these projects. Roots of Life deals with land that has been
planted with land mines, which linger long after wars have passed, and replants the land
with grape vines, growing grapes for wine, raisins, or food, which not only helps save
lives but also provides economic benefits to farming communities. Gift of Life offers life-
saving surgery to children who were born with congenital heart disease. Both
organizations work with Rotary to connect around the world. The Rotarian Action Group
(RAG) Against Slavery helps rescue the millions of people still enslaved, often for sex
but also by businesses, and offers programs to rehabilitate them for a life of freedom.
There are many locations where the Don’t Meth With Us Foundation is fighting drug
abuse—primarily methamphetamine but also opioid addiction. War Child, which has
independent branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Canada, supports all young
children who have been affected by armed conflict, with education and safe zones
around the world.

Learn more:
Roots of Peace: https://rootsofpeace.org/
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation: http://www.dontmethwithus.com/
War Child: https://www.warchild.org/

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Dutchess Outreach Feeds the Needy (Aired on November 9 and 10, 2019)

RadioRotary welcomed two guests from Dutchess Outreach, the sprawling
organization that provides healthy food, good advice, emergency relief, and even
clothing needs for the needy in the County. Sarah Salem, the Director of
Development for Dutchess Outreach, explains the many services and the goals
of this catalyst for community revitalization, while Nyhisha Gibbs describes the
Children’s Coat Closet and the drive to provide warm clothing to those who lack
it. Dutchess Outreach has roots in a 1974 effort to provide emergency services
in Poughkeepsie and opened its first Food Pantry two years later. Since then the
services have expanded greatly, with the emphasis on providing healthy food
that is accessible even in “food deserts.” Recently Dutchess Outreach has
started farming to improve the supply of healthy food, a project that takes Sarah
Salem back to her own roots, since she became involved in Dutchess Outreach
from her experiences working at an organic farm.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Cranksgiving: http://www.cranksgiving.org/
Food Deserts in America: https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/

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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

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