Literary Connections for Non-Readers (Aired on February 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary’s co-host Jonah Triebwasser interviews three members of the staff
of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: Debra Paskowski, Katherine
Stikkers, and Marian Thompson. A surprising number of adults are unable to
read English, either because they did not learn to read as a child or perhaps they
grew up speaking a language other then English. Literacy Connections helps
resolve reading problems in various ways. The Book Buddy program, which
brings adult readers into elementary schools where they read along with children
or have children read to them, gets children on the path to reading success. For
most children, the transition from first-grade struggling to third-grade proficiency
is the key to lifelong reading success. Other volunteers and staff members work
with adult nonreaders or with those for whom English is not their first language.
For the past 18 years, the largest fundraiser for Literacy Connections has been
the annual Spelling Bee for high-school students and adult teams. Various
organizations, such a Rotary, pay to sponsor a team. The Spelling Bee is one of
the major annual events in the mid-Hudson valley, fun for both participants and
the audience.

Learn more:
Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Book Buddies: https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies
Dyslexia (inability to learn to read: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dyslexia/symptoms-causes/syc-20353552
Teaching English as a Second Language: https://teach.com/become/what-can-i-teach/tesol/

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March 6, 2019 · Posted in Children, Education, Events, Literacy  

Rotary Improves Spirits of Ill Children (Aired on February 5 and 6, 2019)

Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotarians Past District Governor Nick Constantino and club
President Alex Duenas tell RadioRotary about their visit to Neiva, Colombia,
where the Huellas Fundación brings laughter into the lives of terminal ill children
in four hospitals. In English, the Huellas Fundación is the Footprints Foundation
with Meaning of Life. Teenagers and college students form the basis of the
Foundation, dressing as clowns to amuse the children and, with the help of the
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, find ways to
provide the children with last wishes. Constantino and Duenas joined in the
entertainment dressed as clowns (Mr. Constantino in costume was given the
name “Dr Cute,” which Rotarians in District 7210 will certainly endorse.) Listen to
the heartwarming stories of the children and the good works of the participating
Rotary clubs.

Learn more:
Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotary: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Huellas Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionHuellasConSentidoDeVida/
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary: https://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Make A Wish International: https://www.worldwish.org/en

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in Children, Health, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

Angels of Light for the Holidays (Aired On December 1 & 2, 2018)

The guest on RadioRotary for this program is Lori Decker, who with her husband
George formed Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley about 15 years ago when
they learned of a family that was dealing with a young very ill daughter—and the
busy holiday season was at hand. The Deckers took over providing presents and
other help for the family, a practice that became the origin of a charity that does
the same throughout the Hudson Valley for families who have a child with a life-
threatening illness. Although Angels of Light is based in Millbrook, NY, many of
the families are residents of Ronald MacDonald House in Valhalla, NY, or have
children being treated at nearby Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Volunteers
often donate presents for children or the charity provides them. Other volunteers
wrap and deliver the gifts to the families. Many gifts are donated through “giving
trees,” found in local businesses throughout the area. Funds for the 501(c)3
charity are also raised at events, such as a holiday brunch at Monte’s Local
Kitchen in Amenia, NY.

Learn more:
Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley: http://www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org/
Facebook: Angles of Light: https://www.facebook.com/angelsoflighthudsonvalley/
Ronald MacDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley: https://rmh-ghv.org/
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: https://www.mariafarerichildrens.org/
Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room: https://www.monteskitchen.com/

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Rebuilding Children & Community (Aired On October 27 & 28, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Satara Brown, who founded the nonprofit organization
Rebuilding Our Children and Community and is its Chief Executive Officer. The
organization, which works from Poughkeepsie’s Family Partnership Center,
provides services to children and the community throughout Dutchess Country.
Currently the focus is on providing school supplies for needy children and youth
development, including a summer educational program, and on a support group
for women that each month features women coming together to face such issues
as empowerment as entrepreneurs or development of a positive self-image.
Rebuilding Our Children and Community is a family operation itself, involving
Satara Brown’s parents and siblings in making it work. Ms. Brown began the
organization after spending time working for the Albany community in several
capacities before returning to her native Poughkeepsie.

Learn more:
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpoughkeepsie.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page for Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://www.facebook.com/roccpk/
Family Partnership Center: http://familyservicesny.org/family-partnership-center/

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November 8, 2018 · Posted in Children, Community Planning, Dutchess County, Education, Women  

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