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.