The ARC Westchester (Aired On December 15 & 16, 2018)

The ARC Westchester supports more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults who
cope with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including (but not limited to)
autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Millie Gaines, one of the 800 or so
employees who works with clients at The ARC Westchester, visits the
RadioRotary studios to describe some of the programs, which range from testing
infants and young children through to residential services for independent living.
Programs can be grouped into six categories: early childhood, day services,
career and employment, family support, staying healthy, and living at home.
Some clients volunteer to help other charitable programs, while some volunteers
become interns who help the clients. It is a fascinating story.

Learn more:
ARC of Westchester: https://www.arcwestchester.org/
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/ViewFactSheet.aspx?csid=100
Autism: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Cerebral Palsy: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html
Down Syndrome: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/down-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355977

 

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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  

Kingston Rotary, Oldest in District (Aired On August 18 &19, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews President Mike Fick and Alicia Marcinkowski of the
recently merged Kingston Rotary Club, which manages to be both the newest
and oldest Rotary in District 7210 at the same time. It is newest because of the
recent merger of the Kingston Sunshine Club with the original Kingston Rotary
and the oldest as the original club originated in 1916, just 11 years after Rotary
started in Chicago. The merged club has both breakfast and lunch meetings,
alternating weekly. The club is responsible for Kingston Point Rotary Park, a site
of barbecues (barbecue is very important to the club) and the annual Mutt Strutt.
The programs describes many of the activities and good works of the club,
including support for the Patriots home for homeless veterans.

Learn more:
Rotary Club of Kingston: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2222 & http://www.kingstonnyrotary.org/

Kingston Point Rotary Park: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionReview-g48241-d10354521-Reviews-Kingston_Point_Rotary_Park-New_Kingston_New_York.html

Patriots Project Veteran’s Home: http://ulstercountyny.gov/veteran-services-agency/patriots-project-veteran’s-home

SUNY Ulster: https://www.sunyulster.edu/

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Toni Hokanson and Touch A Truck (Aired on May 26 and May 27th, 2018)

Touch a Truck in New Paltz (Aired on May 26 and 27, 2018)

New Paltz Rotarian Toni Hokanson visits RadioRotary to promote the annual “Touch-a-Truck” fair at Ulster County Fairgrounds. While the basic attraction for kids are the trucks, with a chance to climb all over them and sound their horns, the inexpensive family outing includes much more in the way of free entertainment, ranging from the Hurd’s Family Cow Train (cars shaped like cars, pulled by a tractor) to the giant pile of mulch for young mountain-climbers to tackle. The only additional expense is for fair food or a helicopter ride. “Touch-a-Truck” is a major fundraiser for New Paltz Rotary, despite the low per person admission (truck exhibitors also support it with entrance fees), which helps support the good works of the club. These include a weekly food-backpack program for children in the New Paltz schools who would otherwise be food deprived and scholarships, including a new 2-year scholarship to SUNY Ulster College for students whose parents did not attend college. There is much more to be heard.

Learn more:
New Paltz Rotary Club:
Hurd’s Family Farm:
SUNY Ulster College:

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June 1, 2018 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Vocational  

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