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  

“Ancient Documents” and County History (Aired on February 16 and 17, 2019)

By New York State law, every county, city, town, and village in the state must
have a historian. Will Tatum, Country Historian for Dutchess County, visits
RadioRotary to describe the many ways that he and his fellow historians promote
the story of our own past. Dutchess County, settled in Colonial Days, was most
famously the site of battles and developments in the Revolutionary period, but
also hosted many of the major players in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. Some of this
history took place in the taverns and inns that have graced the county over its
long history; a program called “The Dutchess County Historical Tavern Trail”
takes advantage of these, some still operating as taverns or distilleries, to
provide an enjoyable way to learn more about county (and national) history. The
program also describes the “ancient documents,” which are—despite the
name—the historical records of the county, not available online.

Learn more:
Dutchess County Historian: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/HSindex.htm
Ancient Documents (of Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/DutchessCountyPublicAccess/HistoricalDocuments/HistoricalDocuments.aspx
Dutchess Country Historical Society: https://dchsny.org/
Country, City, Town, and Village Historians: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/22592.htm
Dutchess Country Historic Tavern Trail: https://www.meetup.com/DutchessTavernTrail/

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February 24, 2019 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, History  

Dutchess BOCES Plans and Programs (Aired On December 8 & 9, 2018)

The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for Dutchess Country
serves students from the 13 school districts in the County at its Salt Point
Turnpike Campus with career and technical education, adult education, and
special-needs education. It also provides an Alternative High School in an
industrial park off the Dutchess Turnpike. But all of that is scheduled to be
improved or changed after the December 11, 2018, vote in which 84% of
Dutchess voters supported a $36.8 million capital improvement plan, the first in
50 years. In this RadioRotary program, BOCES District Superintendent Dr.
Richard Hooley describes the current programs and plans for the future. Among
other projects, BOCES will consolidate all its K-12 programs on one campus,
improve campus security, address compliance with the American Disabilities Act,
and enhance the existing facilities. Listen to the program to find out about
everything available from adult nursing education to welding training.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country BOCES: https://dcboces.org/
New York State’s BOCES Programs: https://www.boces.org/
Career, Technical, and Adult Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, Literacy, Vocational  

Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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