What's going on in your community December 30 to January 5
MONTICELLO, NY — “Gingerbread” people, dressed in bright clothes and made by kids, filled Kathie Mabee’s kindergarten classroom. But they weren’t staying; the gingerbread people were destined to travel to the state of Florida, to a kindergarten class there.
Mabee does this every year. Both the New York class and the Florida one listen to different versions of the story “The Gingerbread Man.” The teachers then have their students decorate their own creations, which are then exchanged between the two classes.
This year, the exchange was with Ariel Galicia’s kindergarten class at Southshore Charter Academy in Riverview, FL.
It all started with a teacher group page Mabee follows on Facebook. From that group, she was able to connect with teachers in Florida and come up with the project.
Mabee and Galicia worked together on a letter template to go with each gingerbread person, incorporating social studies skills and discussions with their classes about the differences in weather between New York and Florida. Students then used the weather discussion in their letters as they described the people they created.
Once all the gingerbread people were decorated and had their letters, both kindergarten classes mailed out their projects. The packages arrived on December 10, to much excitement, the school reports.
MILFORD, PA — Working hard behind the scenes, the Belle Reve elves busily spread holiday cheer to local seniors in Milford and the surrounding area
The elves visited local seniors at their homes, bearing hot Italian meals, desserts and special gifts. It’s the second year they’ve held the visits. A total of 32 seniors, nominated by family and friends, participated.
“We are grateful to put a smile on the faces of some of our local seniors. Spreading holiday cheer is what this event is all about, and we thank everyone who nominated their loved ones and enabled us to get out and do it again this year!” said Eluisa Callanan, marketing director.
Belle Reve Senior Living offers personal care for older adults needing assistance with daily tasks and memory care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
HAWLEY, PA — Rep. Mike Peifer (R-139) will be hosting in-person veteran service hours on Monday, January 10. The event will take place at Peifer’s district office at 2523 Rte. 6, Ste. 2, in Hawley.
American Legion Department Service Officer William McGovern will be in attendance at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
HAWLEY, PA — “We feel it is very worthwhile for students to gain a greater understanding of the world of finance,” said Peter Bochnovich, president/CEO of the nonprofit Brighter Financial Futures (BFF).
BFF is responsible for the Stock Market Challenge, a web-based stock simulation platform and curriculum.
Wallenpaupack Area School seventh-grader Henry Reichman recently finished first in the middle school division of the challenge for Wayne and Pike counties and in the top ten of the statewide middle school division. He worked under the leadership of Mrs. Argyro Paspalas.
In the Stock Market Challenge, students learn how to trade during the year, and participate in six ten-week competitions. The competitions are held in the classroom, in counties and statewide.
The Dime Bank recently contributed $9,000 to BFF. The donation was made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which allows eligible businesses to give to organizations that, for example, improve education.
Learning finance, Bochnovich said, “provides with a foundation for their future success. It is our hope that all of the eligible schools will continue to participate in and take advantage of this learning opportunity.”
FALLSBURG, NY — “The holidays can be a challenging time for individuals in our community who are less fortunate,” said Nick Vallone, executive vice president of Rolling V Bus Corporation. “Giving back to local organizations that contribute to the betterment of our community is extremely important to us.”
Vallone and his staff have been involved with everything from charitable donations to acts of service, all of it meant, according to a spokesperson, to support Sullivan and Ulster communities.
Rolling V is a family-owned and managed full-service transportation company based in South Fallsburg, NY. It buses kids to school and provides regional charter coach services.
This year, they also took local families to the Frost Valley community holiday dinner in Claryville, NY.
They collected 125 toys for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.
Rolling V also served as a major patron sponsor at the Livingston Manor Ice Carnival, and also sponsored the Livingston Manor school’s “Operation Holiday” initiative, providing winter clothing, toys and holiday meals to students in need. The program has helped more than 500 families and children in the community, Rolling V said.
They donated to the SUNY Sullivan food pantry too. Learn more about Rolling V and its five decades of service and transportation at https://www.RollingV.com.
Services to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension and death benefits, education and health care, plus other benefits. Veterans do not need a membership with the American Legion to receive these services.
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