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BOCES Students Learn Eye-Opening Facts on Domestic Violence

BOCES Students Learn Eye-Opening Facts on Domestic Violence

Niagara County Domestic Violence Coordinator Susan LaRose was the guest speaker for the Security and law Enforcement and Health Occupation Technician classes at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center.  Mrs. LaRose said that one in four women have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime and domestic violence can happen to anyone.  She told the classes it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and all education levels and that domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, economic and psychological abuse.  She explained to students that domestic abuse is rooted in power and control it’s never caused by making someone angry or upset and it is never justified or excusable.  Although it occurs most often in intimate partners whether they are married or not it can also happen to parents, grandparents, siblings, and others in the immediate family. 

NIAGARA ACADEMY STUDENTS REACH OUT TO AREA VETERANS TO CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS

NIAGARA ACADEMY STUDENTS REACH OUT TO AREA VETERANS TO CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS

Students at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Niagara Academy recently spent a heartfelt day with patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital.  Chris LaVigne, a teacher aide at the school, is very involved with the American Legion Auxiliary and asked the students if they would like to do something nice for the people who have done so much for this country.  The students were more than happy to get involved in making their holidays a little bit brighter.  Pulling together their creative talents and their fundraising skills , the students made holiday cards in art class with their teacher Rose Lewkowitz and bought socks and $25 gift cards for each of the veterans. 

O/N BOCES Skillsusa Members Make Holidays Brighter For Vets

O/N BOCES Skillsusa Members Make Holidays Brighter For Vets

The SkillsUSA members from the Orleans Career and Tech Ed Center recently participated in a community service project to benefit service men and women around the world. SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students that promotes leadership, preparation for the world of work, community service, and professionalism.  “We encourage students to give back to their community as much as possible, and we carry out numerous projects throughout the year to help those in need,” says school counselor Kara Kirk.   The Holiday Mail for Heroes is a project of the Red Cross, and provides holiday cards for thousands of veterans and servicemen and women who are hospitalized and in need of some holiday cheer. The SkillsUSA members spent the morning and afternoon creating cards, and at the end of the day, they had over 400 cards to send out.

Niagara Wheatfield Students Become Holiday Heroes

Niagara Wheatfield Students Become Holiday Heroes

Niagara Wheatfield students Lucas Cirino and Rogan Trunzo recently participated in a worthwhile program called Holiday Heroes.  The program is run through Complete Senior Care, which is an all-inclusive care for the elderly in Niagara County.  The participants use their creative talents to turn old unwanted holiday cards into new, beautiful gestures of kindness to be mailed overseas to servicemen and women.  “This is a wonderful project for the older adults who feel a sense of pride and purpose while exercising their fine motor skills and keeping their minds active,” says Virginia McAuliffe, who works at the center. 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Culinary Arts Student Wins Scholarship to Culinary Institute of America

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Culinary Arts Student Wins Scholarship to Culinary Institute of America

Kodie Engel, a graduate from Niagara Falls, has a lot to be thankful to his Orleans/Niagara BOCES Culinary Arts teacher Bob Ihle.  “Mr. Ihle made sure that I got everything I could out my class at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center.  He taught me to be professional and he was a great mentor when I became part of the ProStart team.”  ProStart is an organization for high school students where they work in teams to compete against other schools to show off their food service skills.  “Being at BOCES and being on the ProStart team was a great experience and has opened so many doors for me.” 

Scholarship Stresses Importance of Character, Education

Scholarship Stresses Importance of Character, Education

The Character Council of Western New York and Harvest Time Partners Foundation have announced a new scholarship program to reinforce the importance of character and encourage students to pursue academic goals beyond high school.

The program will award $1,000 scholarships to three college-bound Western New York high school seniors exemplifying character in his or her daily life. Seniors attending a public, private, parochial or home school who are enrolling full-time in a college or trade school for the fall of 2014 are eligible.

Students must be residents of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming counties to be considered. The scholarship will be made payable directly to the chosen post-secondary institutions.

Niagara Academy Students Use Creative Abilities to Honor Vets at Holidays

Niagara Academy Students Use Creative Abilities to Honor Vets at Holidays

Some Orleans/Niagara BOCES students at the Niagara Academy are working with their art teacher Rose Lewkovitz to create some holiday cards for veterans.  In their art class students made rubber stamps of various holiday themes and made cards which they then embellished with glitter paint.  “It is a great project for the students and they came up with some great ideas,” says Ms. Lewkovitz. 

They were inspired by teacher aide Chris LaVigne, who is very actively involved with various veterans groups.  She is sharing her passion with the students to honor those who have served this country.  “I take a group up to the VA every holiday season and we visit and give them cards and gifts.  It means a lot to them and the students get a lot out of it as well.  It is a great way to celebrate the holidays by making them a bit brighter for someone else.”