Granby carnival helps Make-A-Wish

Volunteer Greg Wait looks on as Tyler Bertrand throws a ball to win a carnival game Friday night in the Granby Elementary School gymnasium. All funds raised during the event went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.
Volunteer Greg Wait looks on as Tyler Bertrand throws a ball to win a carnival game Friday night in the Granby Elementary School gymnasium. All funds raised during the event went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Granby Elementary School community united for a charitable cause Friday May 2 as the gymnasium and cafeteria were bustling with activities during an indoor carnival.

The event, which benefited Make-A-Wish of Central New York, featured bounce houses, carnival games, a photo booth and food. Each person purchased tickets to participate in the different activities, with all money going toward making a sick child’s dream come true. Continue reading

Mexican culture, history visit Fitzhugh Park on Cinco de Mayo

Ed Fayette’s Fitzhugh Park Elementary School fifth-grade class celebrated Cinco de Mayo Monday, May 5. The students listened to music, read about Mexican history and studied the Mexican culture and traditions. Celebrating were (front row left to right) Seth Sawyer, Haille LaSalle, Austin Murteza and Jack Anzalone while in back were Mackenzie Westberry, Haillee-May Swank, Riley Putnam, Troy Rook, Dominic Lopez, Noah Hooper and teacher Ed Fayette.
Ed Fayette’s Fitzhugh Park Elementary School fifth-grade class celebrated Cinco de Mayo Monday, May 5. The students listened to music, read about Mexican history and studied the Mexican culture and traditions. Celebrating were (front row left to right) Seth Sawyer, Haille LaSalle, Austin Murteza and Jack Anzalone while in back were Mackenzie Westberry, Haillee-May Swank, Riley Putnam, Troy Rook, Dominic Lopez, Noah Hooper and teacher Ed Fayette.

Granby celebrates positive behaviors with special event May 2

Granby Elementary students Coleton Crouse, Denzil McCarty-Castillo, Brady Wagner and Abby Somers play a game of Candy Land during Friday’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports celebration at the school.
Granby Elementary students Coleton Crouse, Denzil McCarty-Castillo, Brady Wagner and Abby Somers play a game of Candy Land during Friday’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports celebration at the school.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Looking to recognize students for their positive behavior in the classroom, Granby Elementary School teachers and administrators held a celebration May 2  with a variety of activities for the students.

The PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) event celebrates the district’s approach to teaching, modeling, recognizing and supporting positive behaviors in school.  Continue reading

Rural Health supplies Y with sports equipment

Danielle Wert (standing left), program coordinator for the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, presented Oswego YMCA Adult and Youth Sports Director Kyle Walton (standing right), with sports equipment for the Oswego YMCA’s youth recreation program. Ffront from left are: youth program participants Jacob Burrow, Ethan Hart, August McDonald, Kai Clary, Caleb Hart, and Quentin Denkenberger. Back from left are: Brandon Sobrino, Cassie Timson, Lauren Goodberry, Taylor Meaker, Jasmine McCracken, and Emrick Bendicto.
Danielle Wert (standing left), program coordinator for the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, presented Oswego YMCA Adult and Youth Sports Director Kyle Walton (standing right), with sports equipment for the Oswego YMCA’s youth recreation program. Ffront from left are: youth program participants Jacob Burrow, Ethan Hart, August McDonald, Kai Clary, Caleb Hart, and Quentin Denkenberger. Back from left are: Brandon Sobrino, Cassie Timson, Lauren Goodberry, Taylor Meaker, Jasmine McCracken, and Emrick Bendicto.

Organizations often want to do more to keep kids active, but don’t have the equipment or supplies to do so.

Thanks to the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, that challenge has gotten a little easier.

The Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee is collaborating to improve access to health care and preventative services; to improve healthy behaviors by addressing chronic disease, tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition; and decrease the impact that co-morbid conditions have on the physical health of  Oswego County residents.

As part of its physical activity objective the committee surveyed every municipal and YMCA recreation program in Oswego County that serves low-income youth.

The goal of the survey was to discover how many youth are being served, what activities are offered, how to increase physical activity for the youth and what these programs would need to do so.

“We wanted to know what activities youth were involved with and what new activities they would be interested in,” said Danielle Wert, program coordinator for the rural Health Network.

“We visited the sites, spoke with staff members as well as the youth they serve to determine what their needs were,” she said. “We identified recreation programs at Selkirk Shores, Palermo, and the Oswego YMCA as programs that were need of equipment.”

“Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gopher Sports worked with us so that we were able to purchase the additional equipment these programs were in need of.,” Wert said.

“From portable basketball hoops to soccer and playground balls, soccer nets, lacrosse equipment and more, we were able to provide them a wide range of equipment that will help to increase the physical activity of the youth participating in these programs,” she said.

Wert said in addition to the benefits of increased physical activity, participation in these programs will also aid youth in their character development.

“Many of the playground balls that we purchased have positive character messages such as ‘honesty’ and ‘courage.’  Activity coordinators will be able to incorporate these character traits into the activities as a learning tool,” said Wert.

For the Rural Health Network’s County Health Issues subcommittee,  chaired by Senior Public Health Educator for the Oswego County Health Department Diane Oldenburg, this purchase of recreational equipment is just the beginning of its mission to encourage and enhance physical activity for youth.  “We will continue to assist recreation programs throughout Oswego County and do what we can to help them meet the physical activity needs of our youth,” added Wert.

Operating under the auspices of OCO Inc., the Rural Health Network is a consortium of health care providers and human service providers in Oswego County.

For more information on the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827, or visit www.oco.org.

Deadline for MASH camp registration extended

The deadline has been  extended to May 30 to register for Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp.

This year’s MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 and 31. During the camp, students will take part in hands-on activities such as learning how to suture, which is taught by the hospital surgery center staff.

There will also be tours of many departments, providing the students with a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and the healthcare jobs available.

Students can access the online application by visiting the CNYAHEC website  cnyahec.org.

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