This summer, the Fulton Family YMCA and the Youth 4 Youth Program are collaborating in order to bring a new program, Girls Rock, to young girls.
The Girls Rock program is designed for tween girls to learn values and positive behaviors, in order to make smarter life choices.
They will also explore their unique talents and interests. Girls who are involved with this program will build friendships, self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills through workshops, discussion groups and fun activities.
Girls Rock will be held at the Fulton Family YMCA Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for girls ages 11-14. Participants will do workshops to learn skills, go bowling, have snacks and lunch.
Workshops are different for each program day and will touch on many topics including, nutrition, fitness, body image, social media and much more.
This program is free to members and non-members but pre-registration is required. Those interested can register and receive a full list of workshops at the Fulton Family YMCA.
Girls Rock is an extension of our Youth for Youth program that focuses on adolescent health care, positive decision making and leadership. Youth 4 Youth is a community collaboration of Oswego County Opportunities, the Fulton City School District, Cayuga Community College and the Fulton Family YMCA.
This program is funded through the Department of Health.
Those seeking more information or to register may call the Fulton Family YMCA at 598-9622 or stop in at 715 West Broadway.
A tragic incident a few months ago triggered a chain reaction of support for a local family in need.
Lanigan Elementary School fourth-grade student Noah Horning watched as seven fire departments worked to save his neighbor’s home earlier this year.
The family escaped the fire safely, but lost everything.
Noah knew there was something he could do to help the family and he knew just who could help him – the students and staff at his school.
He spoke to the neighbors following their tragedy to ask what items they are in desperate need of. Then, with his principal’s approval, he sent a letter home with each student at his school asking for toiletry and non-perishable food donations as well as clothing for the family’s young daughter.
Also included in Noah’s letter home was helpful fire safety reminders and precautions that each Lanigan family can take to stay safe including developing and practicing a fire safety plan and escape route.
The response to Noah’s letter was overwhelming and hundreds of donations poured into the school to support the neighboring family in need.
With help from his classroom teacher Shannon Higgins and the Lanigan Elementary School School-Home Liaison Tammy Sheldon, Noah boxed up the donations and personally delivered them to the family during the last week of school.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.
“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”
Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.
The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.
Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently spread new mulch and cleared trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on South First Street, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.
“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “We also spread new mulch under the swing set, slide and other playground equipment.
“During the past four years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets,” he added. “We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, removed an old chain link backstop, and filled in lawn ruts and depressions with topsoil.
“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families,” he concluded.
Lions who participated in the project were project co-chairs Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Dr. Brett Tallents, Kevin Michaels, Don LaBarge, Roberta Boteler, and Dingman.
The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries.
The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.
Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide.
Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.
In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and the Medicine Place.
The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.
Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information may visit the club’s web site at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.
Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.
The top storytellers from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District were honored last week at a district-wide storytelling festival at the Fulton Education Center.
Participants shared folklores, fairytales, legends, and fables that ranged from spooky to downright hysterical and many even included a useful moral lesson that provided a bit of advice to audience members.
The festival was the culmination of a storytelling event that began in each elementary school in late March.
Students in grades three through six competed for the honor to represent their school by progressing from classroom-level competitions to grade-level competitions to a building-level competition and then finally the opportunity to represent their school and tell their stories at the district festival in front of a large audience.
The goals of the storytelling program are to increase self-esteem, develop poise and confidence in public speaking, enhance listening and memorization skills, strengthen language development and heighten the students’ appreciation of literature.
Titled “Fight and Flight,” the fourth and final Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was set in an historic venue.
Located at Oswego’s historic Fort Ontario, the competition featured two main tasks, each executed in two different ways.
The first task involved the construction of two kites, one focused on performance and functionality, and the other on aesthetics.
The second task, broken into two sections involved touring the Fort Ontario Museum and grounds to complete a museum challenge and a scavenger hunt.
In the construction of a performance kite, students followed provided guidelines for kite construction and could elect to build a more difficult design and add to their scoring options by adding on difficulty such as a line climber.
Student teams later demonstrated their kite’s flying ability in front of judges who scored the teams based on a rubric. The teams were also judged on the construction of their aesthetic kites and could score additional points if their kite could also fly.
The museum challenge and scavenger hunt sent students on self-guided tours of the fort and its grounds in search of answers and clues to earn their team points in the competition.
In the end, the team from Fulton received the gold medal for first place. Team members included Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.
Silver medal winner was the team from Mexico, with members Elizabeth Becker, Mattea McDonald, Jonathan Sheets, Joshua Bouck, James Gowans, Austin Moore, Hannah West, Benjamin Daley, Madeline Galvin, and Sydney Ryan.
The team was coached for this competition by Shannon Bigelow, when Coach Bill Coughlin was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement.
Third place bronze medal winner was the Pulaski team, coached by Melissa Osborne, who was also honored for her dedication to the OCAY League. Osborne will be retiring at the end of this school year and she was presented with a plaque in appreciation for her involvement in the league.
Members of the Pulaski team included: Nick Allen, Kelly Bushell, Miranda Edick, Joe Falciatano, Emily Fellers, Kyle Glenister, Alyssa Kingsley, Julia Kuehner, Randy Novak, and Erik Oakes.
Following the medal presentations, the Fulton City School District was named overall champion for the season.
The team received a large traveling trophy which will be displayed in their district for the coming season.
OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics. Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.
A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.