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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Life­spring: Sauger­ties Adult Learn­ing Com­mu­nity do­nated $600 to the Sauger­ties Pub­lic Li­brary.

The do­na­tion in­cluded $400 in mem­ory of Rich Phillips, a re­tired his­tory pro­fes­sor and a Life­spring board mem­ber. The ad­di­tional $200 was a gift.

The do­na­tion will be used to start the li­brary’s oral his­tory project, “Sto­ries of Sauger­ties: Pre­serv­ing Our Oral His­tory.” Record­ing equip­ment will be pur­chased and, us­ing the Sto­ryCorps App and Sto­ryCorps. me, peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to be in­ter­viewed and have their Sauger­ties sto­ries recorded. All in­ter­views will be up­loaded, shared and archived at the Amer­i­can Folk Life Cen­ter, Li­brary of Congress and be ac­ces­si­ble through the li­brary’s web­site.

••• The Read & Write Pro­gram of Kingston was the re­cip­i­ent of a $10,000 grant from the Ul­ster Sav­ings Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

The grant will help fund the Read & Write Pro­gram through­out the 2016-17school year, and con­tin­u­ing through the end of its sum­mer pro­gram in Au­gust 2017. The pro­gram pro­vides low-in­come chil­dren in grades kinder­garten through eighth grade with in­ten­sive, sup­ple­men­tal read­ing and writ­ing in­struc­tion at no cost.

The pro­gram cur­rently serves 160 chil­dren at two lo­ca­tions in Kingston: the Everette Hodge Com­mu­nity Cen­ter dur­ing the school year and the Ron­d­out Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter for the sum­mer pro­gram.

••• The Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion pro­vided fund­ing to Kingston High School to sup­port a new Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ioral In­ter­ven­tions and Sup­ports ini­tia­tive.

Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ioral In­ter­ven­tions and Sup­ports is a proac­tive sys­tems ap­proach to en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to care for them­selves and one an­other, and is de­signed to cre­ate a school cul­ture where all stu­dents can achieve so­cial, emo­tional and aca­demic suc­cess. The pro­gram’s frame­work iden­ti­fies de­sired tar­get be­hav­iors, de­fines them in spe­cific school set­tings and pro­vides a process for staff to teach, model, rec­og­nize and re­in­force those be­hav­iors. The school will fo­cus on team­work, in­tegrity, grace, em­pa­thy, re­spect and safety. The strat­egy has al­ready been pi­loted in sev­eral Kingston school dis­trict el­e­men­tary schools and be­gan at Kingston High in Septem­ber.

For the past two years, Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion’s Kick for Men­tal Health Kick­ball Tour­na­ment held in June has helped raise funds needed to sup­port ado­les­cent men­tal health ser­vices, rais­ing ap­prox­i­mately $23,000 this year.

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