The Americorps program promotes strengthening community involvement for children families in Oswego County.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Americorps was created in 1993 and more than 500,000 individuals have served as Americorps members so far.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Getting Things Done” has been their motto for years, by contributing direct service that meets significant needs in education, public safety, health, homeland security and the environment.
Two Americorps members, Amanda Burch and Laura Korthas, have been placed at the Parish Recreation site this summer as “Activity Directors,” developing and initiating programs for youths 6 to 14 years of age.
One example of a themed day planned: “Decade Day” where the campers were encouraged to dress in retro clothes.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Activities that day were:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â tie-dying shirts; learning the popular dance of the 1970ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s, The NY Hustle and also hit music provided by ZacÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ the DJ.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Zac, who also happens to be a counselor at Parish Rec was happy to bring in his sound system.
As their outreach project, Amanda and Laura are having two supply drives.
A school supply drive where they are collecting pens, pencils, paper, crayons and such; will be very much appreciated.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The school supplies collected will be given to the Parish Elementary and Altmar Elementary school as well as the Middle and High School.
As well as a pet supply drive collecting food, toys or even blankets for both dogs and cats. The supplies will benefit the United Friends of Homeless Animals in Richland.
The boxes for this drive are located at the Parish Elementary Gym, Parish Key Bank, Parish Kinney Drugs and the Parish Grooming Gallery.
The collection will end August 18.
Amanda and Laura thank all of those who have donated or will.
Our local students will indeed appreciate the supplies!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Please help out the schools we love and donate!