For individuals and families in need of human services, contacting Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) is a good first move.
OCO, Oswego County’s largest human services agency, has made the initial process of accessing services easier than ever. To better serve those in need, OCO has added its Mexico Nutrition Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) as its third intake site.
By Ashley M. Casey
The New York state Fiscal Restructuring Board on June 30 released its suggestions on how to get the city of Fulton out of fiscal stress.
The city is eligible for as much as $400,000 in state grants if it meets the board’s conditions, but Mayor Ron Woodward said some of the recommendations aren’t feasible for Fulton.
By Ashley M. Casey
A severe storm Tuesday evening caused power outages and damages throughout Oswego County, including the destruction of the projection screen at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.
National Grid estimated nearly 10,000 people lost power in Oswego County Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, almost 7,000 people were still waiting for their electricity to come back on. Volney customers were hit the hardest with 1,568 still without power Wednesday.
The Oswego County Head Start Pre-K program has been successfully preparing children for kindergarten since 1972.
Parents throughout Oswego County have discovered the benefits afforded children participating in the Oswego County Head Start Pre-K Program.
Enrollment is going on now for people who want their children to experience the Head Start program for the 2014-15 school year.
A program of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), Head Start has seven locations that serve children in all nine Oswego County School Districts.
The program, which enrolls three- and four-year-old children, is provided at no cost to eligible families and is accepting applications.
Beth Kazel, director of education services, said the Head Start Pre-K program is focused on school readiness.
“Using a research based curriculum, our early education teachers use a variety of hands-on learning experiences that include the concepts of math, science, and literacy, combined with active play and nutritious snacks that assist children in developing academically, socially, and emotionally,” said Kazel.
Recognizing that parents are a child’s first and primary teacher, Head Start encourage parents to be involved in all areas of their children’s education. The program offers parents the opportunity to share in the Head Start experience.
Through volunteering, being involved on parent committees, and participating in education workshops parents are engaged in their children’s education.
“Reliable studies have found positive long-term effects with lower rates of grade repetition and special education placement, as well as increased high school graduation rates for Head Start graduates,” Kazel said.
“Additionally, Head Start children are significantly more likely to attend college than their siblings who did not attend Head Start. I encourage parents seeking a quality pre-kindergarten program for their three- or four-year-old children to discover the benefits of the Head Start Pre-K program.”
For more information about Head Start or to apply for the 2014-15 school year, visit the OCO website at www.oco.org/education or call 598-4711 or (800) 359-1171 to schedule an appointment.
Oswego Health will once again lead off Harborfest’s Children Parade and offer an afternoon of fun activities for children at Franklin Square Friday, July 25. Continue reading
By Ashley M. Casey
The Fulton City School District is one step closer to revamping its alternative education program for high schoolers.
The school board heard from Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner at its July 8 meeting about a “school within a school” model for alternative education students in grades 9 through 12.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee is preparing for the annual campaign early this year.
This year’s goal is raise $106,000 in donations. The agency fell short of last year’s goal and does not want a repeat this year.
The Red Kettle Campaign begins Friday, Nov. 14 and goes through Wednesday, Dec. 24 (excluding Sundays.) All money donated stays within Oswego County and serves those in need of assistance.
Kettles will be placed at 30-plus locations throughout Oswego County and volunteers are desperately needed. We welcome any individual, family, business, organization, or church that can assist us by standing at a kettle location.
If you or your organization would like to give of your time, please leave a message on the Salvation Army Kettle Line at 207-3359, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org