Enhancing Poughkeepsie’s Schools (Aired on April 11, 2021)

Angela Henry,

Radio Rotary Co-Host Jonah Triebwasser and Produces Kathy Kruger chat with Angela Henry, the new Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation (PPSF). PPSF was founded in 2008 to put musical instruments in the hands of students who could not afford to rent them. Over the years the Foundation has raised and distributed over $40,000 for projects as diverse as museum field trips, the creation of school gardens, and college scholarships. In 2021, PPSF hired Ms. Henry, a local educational and nonprofit consultant, as its first paid Executive Director. She is in the process of expanding the programs of PPSF, including the Saturday Morning Lights program for younger students, which brings local talent to introduce learning as varied as yoga and urban engineering (learning about urban streets). PPSF is a nonprofit that raises the money that makes these programs possible. On May 20, 2021, the gala fundraiser feature professional and student performers will be online.

Learn more:
Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation: http://ppsfonline.org/
Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PoughkeepsiePublicSchoolsFoundation
Poughkeepsie City School District: https://www.poughkeepsieschools.org/

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April 14, 2021 · Posted in Education, Events, Support Groups  

Poughkeepsie’s Juvenile Intervention Program (Aired on February 28, 2021)

Satara Brown, founder of Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. returns to RadioRotary to tell about her work with the juvenile division of the City of Poughkeepsie police department, especially the pilot Juvenile Intervention Program. Ms. Brown has been heavily involved in helping young persons mature and find better lives for a long time, including (but hardly limited to) founding Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. Ms. Brown also is Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Day One Early Learning Community in Poughkeepsie (which is scheduled to open in 2021) and a board member of the Poughkeepsie Schools Foundation. The new Juvenile Interventions program, open to any youth needed more support, includes weekly meetings and monthly workshops, often in connection with the program’s local partners such as Hudson River Housing, Dutchess Country Probation, Mental Health American of Dutchess County, and many others.

Learn more:
Poughkeepsie Juvenile Intervention Program: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/2021/01/14/police-launch-juvenile-intervention-program/
Satara Brown: https://www.linkedin.com/in/satara-brown-41164365/
Email Juvenile Intervention program: juvenileintervention@cityofpoughkeepsie.com
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpk.org/
Police Intervention Programs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21338003/

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Virtual Video Visits from Pets (Aired on January 17, 2021)

Animal Farm Foundation Manager Nicole Juchem visits RadioRotary via Zoom to tell RadioRotary listeners about a new program from the Animal Farm Foundation geared to easing the social isolation that the covid-19 lock-downs are causing: virtual pet visits. Starting with a visit to the Pets Together website https://petstogether.org/ , you can book your virtual pet visit. The website
includes a choice of cats and dogs (and even cows and horses) that will visit the lonely human via Zoom—along with the pet’s owner who will be happy to engage in friendly talk. Animal Farm Foundation’s main work is training shelter dogs to become useful service dogs and also to work to improve the public image of dogs taken to be pit bulls. The new Pets Together program is a welcome addition to their mission.

Learn more:
Pets Together: https://petstogether.org/
Animal Farm Foundation: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Service Dogs: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/service-dog-training-101/
Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/myths-and-facts-about-pit-bulls/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Mental Health, Support Groups  

Community Meets Pandemic Challenges (Aired on October 11, 2020)

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck Red Hook, NY, Dan Budd, a local businessman with ties to the youth community and a high-school student, Chris Donahue, decided that they could organize volunteers to solve some of the immediate problems the community faces. RadioRotary on this program interviews Red Hook Responds cofounder Dan Budd, owner of Taste Budd’s Café in Red Hook Village, about how Red Hook Responds works and about the related venture, Shop Red Hook. Aside for medical needs, the two main problems Red Hook residents faced with the stay-in-place rules of the State response to the pandemic have been delivery of essential items and the loss of human interactions. The nearly 500 volunteers of Red Hook Responds, many of them students, deliver groceries or medicines and also provide neighborly chats over the telephone; but the most important service has been production of and delivery of more than 8,000 prepared dinners (so far). School-district supplied breakfasts and lunches are also delivered to those who need them. Shop Red Hook is another service—an online conduit between farms and food banks.

Learn more:
Red Hook Responds: https://www.redhookresponds.org/
Shop Red Hook Food Exchange: https://shopredhook.com/
Taste Budd’s Café: https://www.tastebudds.com/
Town of Red Hook, NY: https://www.tastebudds.com/

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October 20, 2020 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Nutrition, Support Groups, Volunteers, Youth  

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