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Head Start seeks more pre-K participants

Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start.  Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,
Gavin Lando reads a book with his father Chas at the Phoenix Head Start. Provided through OCO, the Head Start Pre-K Program is available in all nine Oswego County school districts and provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and their families. For more information on the Head Start Pre-K Program or for an application for the 2014-2015 school year contact OCO at -598-4711,

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 readies Harborfest fun, learning

Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.
Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.

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

Fulton school board looks at ‘school within a school’ model for alternative education

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.

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Salvation Army seeks help with Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee consists of seated left,Gary Roth, Martha Sturtz, Major Kathryn Purvis; standing left, Bernie Henderson, Nancy Close, Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Major James Purvis and Lt. Phillip Davies
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee consists of seated left, Gary Roth, Martha Sturtz, Major Kathryn Purvis; standing left, Bernie Henderson, Nancy Close, Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Major James Purvis and Lt. Phillip Davies

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:  oswegocountysalarmy@gmail.com

Oswego County Fair wraps up its five-day run

The Oswego County Fair concluded its five days at the fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, putting on a great show from July 2 through July 6. Weather during the first couple of days was a bit challenging, with hot sticky conditions and the occasional downpour. But on Friday July 4, the humidity broke and the skies turned blue.

All photos by Debra J. Groom