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High School Students Spread Hope, Support Other Youth

OSWEGO, NY – On May 12, members of the Hope Club at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton presented a donation to Sabine Ingerson, director of the Oswego Offices of ARISE.

Following a presentation about ARISE, the students chose to designate their gift to ARISE’s youth programs in Oswego County.

Shown standing Mrs. Cronk (Adviser), Kaitlyn Kinney, Guadalupe Leyva-Bran, Jeremy Herlowski, Chrissy Blake and standing in front, Katie Salmonsen and Lena Kimball, kneeling is Liliana Rivera, Cecilia Leyva-Bran, Cayla Weaver.
Shown standing Mrs. Cronk (Adviser), Kaitlyn Kinney, Guadalupe Leyva-Bran, Jeremy Herlowski, Chrissy Blake and standing in front, Katie Salmonsen and Lena Kimball, kneeling is Liliana Rivera, Cecilia Leyva-Bran, Cayla Weaver.

ARISE has a number of clubs and programs for young people participating in services as well as their siblings. Activities take place throughout the year, including educational field trips, a formal dance, and much more. One of the clubs offers siblings of people with disabilities the chance to share their feelings in a safe setting.

“What a wonderful group of students,” said Ingerson. “I was so inspired by their desire to help others and their willingness to roll up their sleeves and raise such a substantial sum of money. Their efforts will make a real difference for the young people in our youth programs.”

ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.

ARISE provides services in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE and Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.