The Fulton City School District and its Community Schools Initiative Grant Partners hosted a Community School Kickoff Carnival August 19 at the Fulton Junior High School.
Young ones enjoyed getting their faces painted at the CNY Arts Center Booth, hula-hooping at the YMCA booth and eating popcorn at the Cayuga Community College booth that also gave out free school supplies.
Other booths featured the district, Oswego County Opportunities, the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities, the Child Advocacy Center, and many more service organizations available to Fulton’s schoolchildren and parents.
The OCO Cancer Services Program booth even exhibited their own “Ice Bucket Challenge” that brought many smiles to the faces of children and parents.
The Community Schools initiative, launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is geared towards molding a community mindset of support and resources for students and families.
The program is designed to enhance families’ sense of community and awareness of service agencies in the area that address a range of environmental factors that impede student achievement.
Other hopes of the grant include reducing the number of disciplinary referrals and improving the academic achievement of at-risk students in grades five through eight. The district will establish an extended day program for this same population of students.