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Altmar-Parish-Williamstown UPK Students Get Into The Holiday Spirit

Students enrolled in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School used their creativity to make ornaments and had a chance to read a book with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 18.

Students enrolled in the morning Universal Pre-Kindergarten class at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School enjoy story time with Santa on Dec. 18.

Students enrolled in the morning Universal Pre-Kindergarten class at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School enjoy story time with Santa on Dec. 18.

The morning and afternoon UPK classes, under the guidance of teacher Sherrie Everett and teacher assistant Mary Merritt, each had a surprise visit from the Jolly Old Elf and his wife prior to their busiest day of the year.

Gathering around the guests of honor, students told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and they were captivated and giggled with delight as Santa read a holiday-inspired book from the “Clifford” series.

Students kept with the holiday theme as they welcomed parents into the classroom for a variety of activities.

Aiden Walter works with his mom, Maria Walter, to frost cookies during the UPK holiday get-together at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School.

Aiden Walter works with his mom, Maria Walter, to frost cookies during the UPK holiday get-together at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School.

Alongside their family members, students made ornaments and frosted cookies.

The UPK program at APW provides an opportunity for children to develop academically, socially and emotionally.

Students enrolled in the program are given the freedom to experiment, explore, seek and question while learning to interact with children their own age and with adults in the building.

The program encourages students to reach their highest potential, fosters listening and communication skills and prepares them for the APW kindergarten program.

Emma Romanowski proudly shows off the candy cane ornament she and her dad, Lenny, made during the UPK holiday gathering at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary school.

Emma Romanowski proudly shows off the candy cane ornament she and her dad, Lenny, made during the UPK holiday gathering at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary school.

Kinney Drugs’ Project Makes Yuletide Bright For Michaud Residents

FULTON – Kinney Drugs in Fulton has once again helped to make the “Yuletide Season bright” for residents of Michaud Residential Health Services.

From left are Jennifer Larrie of Kinney Drugs in Fulton, coordinator of the “Be A Santa For A Senior” Program; along with manager Mark Avallone; and Michaud Residential Health Services administrator Mary Costigan. Kinney Drugs in Fulton accepted donated gifts from Kinney employees and members of the community on behalf of the residents at Michaud to help brighten the holidays.

From left are Jennifer Larrie of Kinney Drugs in Fulton, coordinator of the “Be A Santa For A Senior” Program; along with manager Mark Avallone; and Michaud Residential Health Services administrator Mary Costigan. Kinney Drugs in Fulton accepted donated gifts from Kinney employees and members of the community on behalf of the residents at Michaud to help brighten the holidays.

Through its “Be A Santa For A Senior” program, the Fulton Kinney Drugs collected gifts, and donated them to Michaud – to help make sure residents find something special under the Christmas tree this season.

Kinney employees and members of the Fulton community left presents under a special Christmas tree in the store – Kinney even supplied the gift wrapping paper to help create a memorable gift.

“Our residents appreciate the gifts, and appreciate knowing that they are still regarded as an important part of our community,” said Mary Costigan, administrator of Michaud Residential Health Services. “We here at Michaud thank our neighbors at Kinney Drugs in Fulton for organizing this program, and thank all the folks who stopped at Kinney Drugs and supported this special holiday effort.”

Second Live Love Life Blood Drive in Honor of Cooper Levine

The Live Love Life blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine will be held for the second time on December 30.

This year’s event is slated for the Oswego Elks Lodge at 132 W. Fifth St., Oswego, from noon to 6 pm.

Cooper Levine recently with nurse Sara Zulberti at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Blood donations through the American Red Cross have enabled Cooper to continue his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Cooper Levine recently with nurse Sara Zulberti at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Blood donations through the American Red Cross have enabled Cooper to continue his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year.

Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

Cooper Levine of Oswego is one such individual; he received numerous blood and platelet transfusions in the first year of his treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

College was put on hold to dedicate time to the grueling regimen.

This fight will continue for three years.

Oswego donors responded overwhelmingly last year, with 90 pints donated and many others responding to the need.

To set up an appointment for the December 30 drive, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or redcrossblood.org

A Blood Donor App is freely available from the App Store and Google Play. Locally, call Kate at 342-6056.

Presenting donors between December 24 and January 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

Each pint of donated blood can save up to three individuals.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, totaling 30 million blood component transfusions yearly.

The Red Cross needs to collect an average of 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet patient needs.

Cooper Levine at one  year after his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Though his fight will continue for three more years, blood donations through the American Red Cross during the first year have been instrumental in returning him to college in 2014.

Cooper Levine at one year after his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Though his fight will continue for three more years, blood donations through the American Red Cross during the first year have been instrumental in returning him to college in 2014.

Cooper’s parents have become regular donors in recognition of this need not only for Cooper, but also for those who may require blood products because of accidents, blood system diseases, and other issues.

This holiday season, please give something that means something and costs nothing but your time.

Patients do not get a holiday from needing blood – the need is constant.

Holiday activities, bad weather and seasonal illnesses such as the flu often result on fewer blood donations during the winter months.

All blood types are currently needed, particularly types O negative, A negative, and B negative.

Millions are counting on you to give.

Cooper is one of them.

Pulaski Elementary Students Perform Holiday Concert

A standing-room-only crowd of faculty and family members filled the Lura M. Sharp auditorium to hear the sounds of the season during the pre-kindergarten through third grade concert.

Pre-kindergarten students at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during the annual holiday concert held recently.

Pre-kindergarten students at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during the annual holiday concert held recently.

The pre-K students wore Rudolph-inspired hats as they belted out “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Their performance, which was complete with hand motions to act out different parts of the song, drew loud applause from the audience.

According to Principal Andrea Lomber, the students and staff at Lura M. Sharp did a lot of preparation work to ensure the concert was a hit.

That behind-the-scenes work translated into success as each grade level received loud ovations after their performances.

The songs included “Jingle Bells” (kindergarten); “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (first grade); “Winter Wonderland” (second grade); and “Jingle Bell Rock” (third grade).

“We started practicing the songs in early November,” said music teacher Stacey Landas. “We work our way up and the kids do a fabulous job.”

Nicholas Porter welcomes the audience to the holiday concert in the Lura M. Sharp Auditorium.

Nicholas Porter welcomes the audience to the holiday concert in the Lura M. Sharp Auditorium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lura M. Sharp Elementary School students belt out holiday-themed songs during the recent holiday concert held in the school’s auditorium.

Lura M. Sharp Elementary School students belt out holiday-themed songs during the recent holiday concert held in the school’s auditorium.

Sandy Creek Elementary Exhibits Culture Learning at Holiday Concert

As always, vehicles were parked down the street for the Sandy Creek Elementary Holiday Concert.

Sandy Creek first graders wish “You!” a Merry Christmas at their Holiday Concert.

Sandy Creek first graders wish “You!” a Merry Christmas at their Holiday Concert.

A learning and appreciation for culture was evident in the performance with a Hanukkah song and even a song involving a piñata in a Mexican Christmas tradition.

The first graders also learned how to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” for a Hawaiian song.

Each class displayed both vocal and instrumental talent in a variety of holiday melodies.

Kindergarteners shook handmade jingle bells and fourth graders accompanied other grades with the playing of recorders.

Sandy Creek Elementary students showcase their musical talents both vocally and instrumentally at the Holiday Concert.

Sandy Creek Elementary students showcase their musical talents both vocally and instrumentally at the Holiday Concert.

CiTi Students Help Make Spirits Bright

With a focus on volunteer service, students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation recently donated their time doing a variety of tasks to benefit the community.

Tobey Mills (left) and Cody Holmquist, students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, help make lunches and dinners for the Meals on Wheels program.

Tobey Mills (left) and Cody Holmquist, students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, help make lunches and dinners for the Meals on Wheels program.

The Exceptional Education program offered students a chance to volunteer by participating in activities such as making greeting cards, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, making blankets and packing food boxes for those in need.

For students Tobey Mills and Cody Holmquist, who volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the activity was rewarding.

“It feels good to give back,” Holmquist said. “I’ve volunteered before to feed the homeless at the homeless shelter. I like helping people.”

Alongside CiTi Exceptional Education counselor Stacey Turtura, the students packed lunch bags with milk, juice, bread, fruit, chili and other items that were later distributed to hundreds of Oswego County seniors.

“It’s great to see them volunteering their time to help people right here, in our community,” Turtura said. “They did a great job and their efforts will make a difference.”

CiTi Exceptional Education counselor Stacey Turtura joins students Tobey Mills (left) and Cody Holmquist to help pack boxes for the Meals on Wheels program.

CiTi Exceptional Education counselor Stacey Turtura joins students Tobey Mills (left) and Cody Holmquist to help pack boxes for the Meals on Wheels program.

Fifth Grade Community Service Project Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation

Fifth graders at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski wrote letters to Santa recently, but not to ask for presents for themselves.

Fifth graders from Lura M. Sharp Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Fifth graders from Lura M. Sharp Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Their letters were selfless acts to help benefit the Central New York Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the Macy’s “Believe” Campaign.

For each letter received in the Macy’s “letters to Santa” mailbox located in each store, $1 will be donated to the local chapter of MAW, up to $1 million.

“My letter asked Santa to help all of the kids who are sick or have diseases get better,” one boy offered as the letters were collected for delivery to the store.

Every fifth grader from the school wrote a letter for the special cause, for a total of more than 80 letters collected.

Since 1985, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York has granted more than 1,500 wishes to children ages 2 ½ to 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions in the 15-county region it serves.

For more information, visit the chapter’s website at cny.wish.org or call (800) 846-WISH.

Season’s Greetings from Pulaski Senior High Band/Chorus

Pulaski Senior High Chorus gives a stellar performance at its Holiday Concert, directed by Renee Powlin. Soloist Jacob Atkinson sings for “Come and Sing” by Besig.

Pulaski Senior High Chorus gives a stellar performance at its Holiday Concert, directed by Renee Powlin. Soloist Jacob Atkinson sings for “Come and Sing” by Besig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinist Monique Ritter and Bass Clarinetist Delilah Mehallow accompany the Pulaski Senior High Chorus in singing “Shalom, Pacem, Peace” by Schram at the Holiday Concert.

Violinist Monique Ritter and bass clarinetist Delilah Mehallow accompany the Pulaski Senior High Chorus in singing “Shalom, Pacem, Peace” by Schram at the Holiday Concert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” The Pulaski Senior High Band performs Holiday Concert.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” The Pulaski Senior High Band performs at the Holiday Concert.

Senator Ritchie Visits Birdlebough To Discuss Leadership

PHOENIX – The Student Leadership group at John C. Birdlebough High School in the Phoenix Central School District recently hosted a luncheon for Senator Patty Ritchie as a way to honor the senator for her exemplary leadership qualities.

Students at JCB High School recently honored Senator Patty Ritchie for her leadership qualities.

Students at JCB High School recently honored Senator Patty Ritchie for her leadership qualities.

Upon her arrival at the school, Ritchie was greeted by Superintendent Judy Belfield, Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch and several students within the Student Leadership group.

According to Belfield, the district was “thrilled” to have Ritchie stop by and discuss with students the importance of leadership.

“We were thrilled that Senator Ritchie could take time out of her very busy schedule to visit JCB,” Belfield said. “Our Student Leadership group had an opportunity to learn about leadership and service to the community firsthand from one of our New York State senators.”

Ritchie met with the entire Student Leadership group and together they discussed the virtues and characteristics quality leaders possess. The class then presented Ritchie with a certificate thanking her for the leadership and dedication to the community.

District administrators also took the senator’s visit as an opportunity to thank her for a recent $5,000 donation to help upgrade district security measures. Belfield said the senator’s donation was greatly appreciated.

Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited JCB High School. Administration and staff members took the opportunity to thank the senator for her recent $5,000 donation to boost district security. From left are: social studies teacher Carol Blackburn, JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch, Senator Ritchie and School Resources Officer Ellie Brown.

Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited JCB High School. Administration and staff members took the opportunity to thank the senator for her recent $5,000 donation to boost district security. From left are: social studies teacher Carol Blackburn, JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch, Senator Ritchie and School Resources Officer Ellie Brown.

“Over the last five years our district has lost more than $11 million in NYS aid due in to the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Our budgets have been extremely tight,” Belfield said. “We had been investigating using the Raptor System, which does a quick background check on visitors entering our buildings during the day. With the added funds, we were able to purchase the software and components of the Raptor System.”

Belfield said the security system will be implemented as soon as office staff is trained.

According to social studies teacher Carol Blackburn, the senator’s donation showcases the leadership qualities the Student Leadership group was honoring.

“It just so happens that the donation she made to the district definitely showed the leadership qualities the students were honoring,” Blackburn said. “It is a great opportunity for the students to see our elected officials and an equally great opportunity for the senator to see all of the great things our students are up to.”

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