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September 24, 2018

Partnership Shares With Parents ‘Children Do Come With Directions’


OSWEGO, NY – A common complaint is, “Children don’t come with directions!”

However, thanks to the cooperative partnership between Entergy, the United Way, Success by Six, Oswego Sunrise and Noon Rotary as well as Fulton Rotary and the Oswego City School District, parents will have an opportunity to see that “Children do come with Directions.”

Displaying the new guide for parents are: Bonnie Holmes (Success by Six), Oswego Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, Bonnie Holden (Entergy), Melanie Trexler (United Way). In back: Carolyn Thompson (Entergy), Leighton Principal Julie Burger, Fitzhugh Principal Donna Simmons, Oswego Special Programs Director Amy DiVita, Riley Principal Dr. Randy Richards and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cathy Chamberlain.

Displaying the new guide for parents are: Bonnie Holmes (Success by Six), Oswego Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, Bonnie Holden (Entergy), Melanie Trexler (United Way). In back: Carolyn Thompson (Entergy), Leighton Principal Julie Burger, Fitzhugh Principal Donna Simmons, Oswego Special Programs Director Amy DiVita, Riley Principal Dr. Randy Richards and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cathy Chamberlain.

Recently, Oswego Superintendent of School Bill Crist was joined by administrators as the United Way officially presented the district with thousands of a 71-page guide to parents  “Children do come with Directions.”

Crist said, “This is a great partnership with the United Way and Success by Six to really guarantee that children are ready to come to school. They are prepared to commence their educational experience as this book supports them from birth to school age.”

The superintendent is also a member of Oswego Rotary and noted, “Rotary and other service organizations in our community are always supportive of trying to help in any way possible and provide service above self when it comes to events and programs like this. Rotary is proud to be a small part of this very important initiative.”

Melanie Trexler of the United Way noted, “This Entergy sponsored book is a present to the community. It is a teaching aid which will assist with directions to help parents on parenting. This was the brainchild of Bonnie Holmes the former director of Success by Six.”

The parental guide examines physical and literacy development as well as addresses nutrition, family life and health and safety.

Holmes noted, “We were looking at different ways at getting kids ready for school and Successs by Six. We started seeing a need of getting to children before they were three years old. We wanted to make certain that parents know what to do with their children to lead them in the right path at the start.”

Bonnie Holden, a communications specialist with Entergy, said, “Once it was explained what this program was all about there is no doubt that we wanted to be involved. Raising children is hard and why not have something to help the parents. This is a tool that will provide assistance for our community.”

The United Way is reaching out to the community through schools and agencies throughout the county in an effort to spread these thousands of books to anyone who feels a need for a little assistance in the important task of raising children.

Oswego City School District educators feel this book is a welcome addition to the home library.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Cathy Chamberlain said, “This is a phenomenal resource for all of our parents because it provides tips on how to raise healthy and happy children.”

Charles E. Riley Elementary School Principal Dr. Randy Richards noted, “Students bring a myriad of problems to school every day and this will be a nice resource for parents to use at home in an effort to assist children.”

“I think this is a great resource, especially for our building, and I will be handing these out to our social worker and psychologist,” said Fitzhugh Park Elementary Principal Donna Simmons.

Continuing she noted, “When parents meet with us we will be giving them copies. Sometimes parents don’t know what to do at home and this will be a resource to assist them and help them create strategies to assist their children to be successful.”

Special Programs Director Amy DiVita was enthusiastic over the generous donation.

She said, “I will be sure to share this with parents that come to the Committee for Pre-School Special Education and when they have questions this will be a nice resource for them.”

Parents are reminded to encourage their children.

Phrases like “Try gain,” “Good job,” “I’m proud of you,” “I trust you,” “Thank you,” “I have your picture on my desk at work,” “I knew you could do it,” “You are special to me,” “You really tried hard today” and “I love you” are important words for youngsters to hear.

Oswego area parents will find that “Children do come with Directions” thanks to the cooperative effort of business, schools and civic minded groups.

Frederick Leighton Elementary School Principal Julie Burger summarized this project by saying, “Parents are their child’s very first teacher and to be able to have this guide will be a tremendous asset. Parents are always coming and asking questions about what they can do to help and assist their children. To have this guide will be extremely helpful.”

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