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  

Odyssey, a Church for the Developmentally Disabled (Aired On January 19 & 20, 2018)

Pastor Steve Dambra visits RadioRotary to tell about the Odyssey Church,
which serves the developmentally disabled community of Dutchess County (and
others who choose to attend). Located at the ARC Vocational Center in
Poughkeepsie, Odyssey provides the all the services you expect from a Christian
Church—a Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. that is filled with hymns and prayers,
Bible study, even baptisms. Sermons are kept simple, focusing on a single topic.
Much of the congregation is bussed in from group homes around the county.
Members of the congregation participate in the organization in many ways. The
church is also planning to partake in a celebration run by the Tim Tebow
Foundation, called “A Night to Shine,” a prom night where every participant is a
King or Queen of the Prom. Odyssey Church is part of the outreach from the
Hopewell Reformed Church, a pillar of religion and good works in Dutchess
Country that has been active since 1757.

Learn more:
Odyssey Church: http://www.odysseychurch.org/
Hopewell Reformed Church: http://www.hrcrca.org/
The ARC of Dutchess: https://arcdutchess.org/
Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine: https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine

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January 31, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Events  

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  

Festival of Lights in Pleasant Valley (Aired On November 24 & 25, 2018)

Many of the hamlets and villages in the Mid-Hudson region celebrate the
holidays with a parade and a visit from Santa Claus, but few combine the parade
with a full-day community event like the Festival of Lights in Pleasant Valley. For
this RadioRotary program, Sandy Coe, Director of the Recreation Department in
Pleasant Valley and volunteer Mary Albrecht tell all about the event, one that
brings together community groups including—but not limited to—Pleasant Valley
Rotary and Lions clubs, the local fire department, the library, the churches of the
hamlet, the town government, Boy Scouts, the Arlington High sports teams, the
Historical Society, and local merchants. It starts at 8:00 a.m. with a pancake
breakfast and ends with the big parade, starting at 6:30 p.m. Food is available
all day from cookie sale, chili cook off, various food trucks, and hot chocolate.
Visitors can purchase a wristband that enables discounts and freebies at most
local businesses. There will be music and dramatic readings related to the
season all day. Not only can visitors be photographed with Santa, there is even
a chance to have a pet photographed with St. Nick. Listen to the program for all
the ways this community comes together for a very special day.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation Department Activities: http://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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November 29, 2018 · Posted in Events  

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