Red Hook Middle School Does Shakespeare (Aired on May 29, 2022)

      

The Radio Rotary team interviews a half dozen members of the cast of Romeo and Juliet (Or Dating Game Gone Wrong), directed by Emily Haupt, a production of Red Hook’s Linden Avenue Middle School’s. The concept is that a frame story based on television’s Dating Game leads into Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers. The show was presented on June 4 and 5 in the new, professional auditorium at Red Hook High School. While some of the actors are new to live performances, others, although still in middle school, have been acting for years in camp productions and elsewhere. By double-casting some of the roles, the performance utilized the skills of abut twenty actors as well as other students working behind the scenes.

Learn More:
L.A.M.S. Romeo and Juliet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/344497695706336/search/?q=Romeo
Linden Avenue Middle School: https://www.redhookcentralschools.org/domain/152
Red Hook Central School District on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redhookcsd/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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June 5, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth  

After the Prom is Over (Aired on May 22, 2022)

Lisa Hoffman Murry and Maria Scinelli, co-chairs of the Red Hook HIgh School Post-Prom Party’ join Radio Rotary’s co-hosts to describe the annual event, a Red Hook tradition for the past 32 years (except when Covid prevented the student’s dance). High schools across the nation celebrate junior and senior years with a dance that is generally the biggest social event of the school year,
but one that may lead to after-dance activities that are dangerous in one way or another—generally with alcohol or drugs involved. Parents in Red Hook, NY, have prevented trouble with a popular party attended by more than 80% of the prom participants. Participation is encouraged not only with games and other fun activities, but by cash prizes. Food is donated by local restaurants and stores as well as by parents. It starts at midnight and continues to breakfast at the historic Red Hook Diner.

Learn More:
Post-Prom Party: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2017/05/19/after-prom-festivities-focus-fun-food-friends/330546001/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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May 29, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth  

Helping Children of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on April 24, 2022)

         

 

Hour Children connects incarcerated mothers with their children, who stay for a few days with volunteer families living near correctional facilities while they visit their jailed mothers. Radio Rotary welcomes back Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, along with Kate Paletta, an Hour Children volunteer for the past 18 years. Ms. Paletta cares for children of the incarcerated mother for a few days so that the children can visit their mothers at nearby Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Bedford Hills provides a parenting center for the visits. The visiting children interact also with Kate’s four children, often forming lasting relationships. The Hour Children program raises money and brings host families, children, and mothers together at an annual Mother’s Day luncheon.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Recidivism in Women’s Prisons: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2019/07/19/reentry/

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Program Helps Families of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on March 6, 2022)

Hour Children is a remarkable group of programs that, among other assistance, connects incarcerated mothers with their children. Its name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification. In this show, RadioRotary welcomes Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, and her friend Laura, who is the house manager of one of the five Hour Children communal residences that provide a supportive environment for women starting the reentry process and reuniting with their children. The guests describe how Hour Children assists women incarcerated at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, both located in Bedford Hills, New York, and the Rose M. Singer Center located in New York City, with facilities for parenting education and even a nursery for mothers who give birth behind bars. Listen for the many other
services from Hour Children.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Rose M Singer Center at Riker’s Island: https://www.cobanyc.org/rose-m-singer-center

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