Youth Experiences Abroad: Germany (Aired on August 17 and 18, 2019)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell–Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
Millbrook High School student Joe Richard about his year spent in Germany as
part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Participants are generally high-
school students and are sponsored by a Rotary Club to spend a school year
abroad in a country with a different language from their native tongue, living with
local families and attending a local school. Mr. Richard lived with three different
families and attended school in Lüneburg, Germany, a small city 35 miles
southeast of Hamburg. Mr. Richard, who plays the tenor saxophone, not only
joined his school’s big swing band, but also became a part of several local
ensembles, helping him assimilate as he also learned German, his coursework,
and the customs of Germany.

Learn more:
Rotary Youth Exchange: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
Lüneburg, Germany: https://wikitravel.org/en/Lüneburg
Millbrook Rotary (sponsor of Joe Richard): https://millbrookrotary.org

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Education, International Exchanges, Travel, Youth  

Alleviating Poverty and Helping Education and Seniors (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher
Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource
for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior
citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for
the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so
that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples
around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to
underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the
developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or
online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling
access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr.
Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red
Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.

Learn more:
Ascienzo Family Foundation: http://www.ascienzofamilyfoundation.org/
Ascienzo Family Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ascienzofdn/
Fresh Truck: https://www.freshtruck.org/
Sunflower Bakery: https://www.sunflowerbakery.org/
We Care Solar: https://wecaresolar.org/
Red Hook, NY: https://www.redhook.org/31/Explore

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July 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Financial Aid, Nutrition  

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam (Aired on June 22 and 23, 2019)

 

Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund
institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering
along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a
1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture
and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this
mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which
work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie
Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative
Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to
encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good
nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in
Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.

Learn more:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/
Cooperative Extension History: https://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-history
Master Gardeners: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/master-gardeners
Slow Food USA: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Education, Environment, Events, Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

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