Veterans honored in Ogdensburg - Ogdensburg, NJ 11/9/2011
Album ID: 1361415
Photos by John Church
Red Ribbon Week, Valley Road School - Stanhope, NJ, 10/27/11
Stanhope Police Officer Joe Johnson was one of the guests at the Valley Road Elementary School during Red Ribbon Week, one of the country's largest and oldest drug prevention programs in the country. Red Ribbon Week was observed from October 22 through October 30.
On Wednesday, October 26, the Sussex County Sheriff's Office visited the school with their narcotics dogs, and, Johnson gave a presentation to the students on October 27.
Johnson gave two separate presentations, one to the kindergarten through fifth graders, and a second to the sixth through eighth grade students.
With both presentations, he talked frankly with the children to discourage them to stay away from drugs, showing them photos of the effects on people who had taken drugs, and, how it changed the way the users looked.
"They'll [drugs] mess with your mind, and you won't make good decisions," Johnson said to both groups. "I knew I wasn't going to do drugs then, when I was sitting where you were."
For the younger set, Johnson showed them a "ways to say 'no'" video with known cartoon characters, and for the older students, talked with them about the tragedy of basketball player Len Bias, who was drafted to play for the Boston Celtics in 1986, but died two days later after trying cocaine once.
"How many people are in this room whose lives could be cut short because of drugs?" Johnson asked the students.
He talked honestly with the students about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, Marijuana, Heroin, huffing, and more.
Students asked questions, and Johnson encouraged them if they know of a friend who is taking drugs, to not be afraid to speak to a trusted adult about it, or write an anonymous letter.
Dr. Maria Cleary, Chief School Administrator said, "We're very grateful to the Stanhope Police Department for partnering with us, and sharing with us this important message. We are really committed to getting the message out to our community."
Album ID: 1352601
Photos by Jennifer Jean Miller
Mix It Up Lunch Day - Fredon, NJ - 10/18/11
Fredon Elementary School celebrated Mix It Up at lunch on October 18th. The children were able to move out of their comfort zones and cross social boundaries by sitting with peers that they would not normally sit by. Students came to lunch and received a color piece of paper and sat at the cooresponding table. The students then had popsicle sticks on table that had questions on them. They were encouraged to talk and ask questions to get to know fellow students. Music was also playing and there was a drawing held for prizes. This successful day was exciting; students really got into it by mismatching their outfits and adding crazy, fun accessories in order to celebrate their own uniqueness!
Album ID: 1344755
Photos by Allison Kruck
Harvest House Annual Turkey Dinner/Vernon H.S./D.E.C.A. volunteers/10/15/2011
The Annual Turkey Dinner wa started by S.W.E.P.(school wide enrichment program) in 1999. D.E.C.A. (dedication excellence competition achievement) students volunteer and help with the serving, advertising and desserts. Joan Sweeney is president of the Harvest House. Giovanna Villano is treasurer and corilates the dinner each year.This year is the 13th dinner and 11th anniversary of the Harvest House. They have one big fund raiser each year. Items this year that were donated for the Turkey dinner-41 turkeys, 165 lbs. potatoes, 15 trays of stuffing, 300 hand rolled and baked rolls by Benitos of Warwick, gravy and desserts by the students and flowers by Kuperis which will be for sale after the dinner. Everyone pulls together to make this a success.
Album ID: 1343254
Photos by Gale Miko
Fire Prevention Week at Fredon School - Fredon, NJ - 10/12/11
The local fire department and EMS visited Fredon School on Wednesday, October 12th to talk to the children about fire safety. The children learned about the importance of fire safety and were able to go on the fire trucks.
Album ID: 1341100
Photos by Allison Kruck
Homecoming/Wallkill Valley, n.j./10/8/2011
Wallkill Valley homecoming- the five final nominees as voted on by the entire student body were, Kristina Garrera, Mary Adams, Kelsee Tironi, Aileen Koch and Vanessa Bodossian. Once the final 5 nominees were chosen, (called the court), the senior class voted for their favorite. After all the nominees made their lap around the field in a convertable, they headed out to the field with their escort and a box containing a single rose inside. The boxes were opened at the same time. All were red roses except for one box containing a white rose which was in the new homecoming queens box, to signify the winner. The winner of homecoming queen 2012 was Mary Adams. She was crowned by last years queen, Lindsay Hoffmann. This years King was crowned Stephen Bodossian who presented the queen with her sash. A victory lap was taken around the field by Stephen Bodossian and Mary Adams, the new King and Queen for Homecoming 2012.
Album ID: 1338684
Photos by Gale Miko
Hardyston Elementary School: The Principal and the Pig
Principal John Brennan kisses a pig; reward for children exceeding reading goals during the summer.
Album ID: 1339110
Photos by Ginny Privitar
First day of school in Ogdensburg
Rain accompanied students to the first day of school in Ogdensburg Tuesday. Opening day was pushed back from September 2 because half the town was still without electric power caused by Hurricane Irene damage.
“It was in consideration of the parents who would have had to prepare their children for school with the power still out,” said Wayne Ingerto facility manager.
The school recently finished a 10,000 brick paver sidewalk and the installation of gas lines to feed the yet to arrive boilers.
“There are electric heaters for hot water,” said Ingerto. The new boilers are expected to be installed before cold weather arrives.
Album ID: 1316188
Photos by John Church
Red Cross food in Ogdensburg
The Red Cross delivered hot food to Ogdensburg Wednesday evening and the leftovers were served Thursday and Friday at the Ogdensburg School. Home cooking was a challenge as half of Ogdensburg had no electricity since about noon Sunday.
Approximately 200 people were served hot spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, pickled bean salad and tapioca from a Red Cross truck in parking area of Kuiken Bros building supplies reported Wayne Ingerto, facilities manager of the Ogdensburg school.
“We took the leftovers to serve Thursday and Friday,” said Ingerto. The school had electric power for refrigeration and cooking.
Thursday, volunteers prepared meals to eat-in or take-out. Friday, with power restored, the meals were distributed cold to be heated by the residents at home.
Volunteers preparing the food were Randi-Lyn, Christa, Tracy and Earl Hornyak; Christine and Wayne Ingerto, Danielle and Jamielyn Oliver, Brad Worthington, Rob McGuire and Steve Ciasullo.