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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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  

New City Rotary Club and Jawonio Inc. (Aired on March 3rd and 4th, 2018)

New City Rotary and Jawonio (Aired on March 3 & 4, 2018)
In this program, devoted to the close relationship between a Rotary Club and an important local resource, RadioRotary interviews New City Rotarians Madelon Burger, Robert Pitkofsky, and Jill Warner (executive director and CEO of Jawonio) along with Jerry Staller, director of educational and clinical services at Jawonio, which supplies lifespan services for persons with special needs primarily to Rockland County. Jawonio is a Native American word that means “independence,” representing the goal to help children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and helping them become as independent as possible. It is a unique residence and school resource that helps persons from as young as 2-months old to as old as 99 years. New City Rotary has been closely involved with Jawonio for over fifty years. As the facilities, started as a camp in 1947, have age, it has come time for new buildings, including new cabins for a summer program. New City Rotary is helping not only with funding this new construction, but also is working with Jawonio to create the Nature Path for outdoor activities. Listen to this pair of double interviews to learn more about this fascinating partnership.
Learn more:
Jawonio
New City Rotary
Jawonio Nature Path
Special Education in the Schools

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