On Sunday, July 25 at 2PM, the West Kortright Centre presents a free family music concert featuring Sonia De Los Santos. In this musical celebration of Latin America, joyful messages of community music-making and cultural bridge-building will entertain and inspire children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. A community engagement demonstration and Q&A will follow the performance. This event is part of the West Kortright Centre’s Songbird Sessions series of free outdoor events for families and is sponsored by a grant from Delaware County Tourism and Development and by funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Donations are welcome.
We’re living in a time of unprecedented communal grief and children are not immune. But children’s grief doesn’t always look the same as adult grief. In this webinar, experts will discuss some of the ways children’s grief can manifest and provide guidance on how to respond and support grieving children. They’ll also address how misidentifying a grief response can negatively impact children—especially those from marginalized populations. REGISTER HERE to attend “Recognizing and Responding to Children’s Grief,” a live webinar with a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 28, 7:00–8:00 p.m. (EDT) This event is presented by WPSU.
Positively Social is a video about digital citizenship and the positive impact that responsible technology use, and social media, have on youth. It is a production of the Maine-Endwell Central School District. https://youtu.be/BTMIryyR-nI
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The Cherry Arts is presenting a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ in the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. The production features puppets and original songs with lyrics by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and music by Paul Leschen. We hear from director Samuel Buggeln. http://wskg.org/audio/snowqueen2.mp3
Champions are the people or organizations that care for and believe in our community’s youth. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion by WSKG for its work on the BackPack Program. The Backpack Program began in 2005 with the mission of filling the gap left on weekends when children are not able to access meals through the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the BackPack Program™ served 41 school districts in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Over 2,500 children received packs each week. A total of 89,783 packs were distributed. Here are a few highlights from the BackPack Program’s 2014-2015 Executive Summary:
“I liked getting this because we don’t have much food at home.”
Is your child considering entering the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year? Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review! PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer. You can keep it light playing any of these story/writing themed games from PBS KIDS. PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2015 Winners
1st Place – “The Great Friendship” by Tara Evans, Binghamton, NY
2nd Place – “Piggy Trouble” by Parmis Sadeghian, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “The Rainy Day” by Ellie Russell, Apalachin, NY
1st Place – “Alice’s Bad Hair Day” by Sidra El Ghissassi, Vestal, NY
2nd Place – “How to Make a Garden of Friends” by Inaaya Sethi, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “Caylee the Astronaut” by Caylee Hinman, Elmira, NY
1st Place – “The Run Away Turkey” by Cecily Smith, Owego, NY
2nd Place – “The Wimmer World” by Rylan Everson, Conklin, NY
3rd Place – “My Name is Ava!”
A year ago, NPR’s Robert Benincasa filed the report For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play, which aired locally on WSKG Radio. NPR simultaneously launched a community-edited app, ‘Accessible Playgrounds,’ an online guide to identify and locate these spaces. The radio piece was very moving and the online app made me curious about playgrounds in our area. First, what IS an accessible playground? Well, kids with physical disabilities or developmental differences may not interact with playgrounds in the same way as typical children.