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Niagara Wheatfield's Errick Road Helps Area Refugees Enjoy First Holiday in US

Niagara Wheatfield's Errick Road Helps Area Refugees Enjoy First Holiday in US

Niagara Wheatfield teachers Lori Pruyn and Nicole Pasceri decided to give their students a lesson on the true meaning of the holidays.  They told them about some new residents in the Buffalo area, many who had to flee their country with little more than the clothes on their backs to escape to a safer country.  “My son is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and works with some of these people,” says Ms. Pruyn.  “He was telling me that many of them were not prepared for the harsh Western New York winter and did not have many possessions at all.  When I told him about how generous our third graders and their families are he put me in touch with the Jewish Family Services who gave us names, ages and genders so we could put together care packages for them.” 

Niagara Wheatfield's Errick Road Elementary Helps Out Olivia's Bears

Niagara Wheatfield's Errick Road Elementary Helps Out Olivia's Bears

At one time Olivia Gonyea was a typical student at Niagara Wheatfield’s Errick Road Elementary School.  Then the unthinkable happened, when she was eight years old she was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.  While she was facing the fight of her life many people sent her gifts and encouragement including the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.  But one of the things that really touched her was a bear brought to her by a little boy.  “She really cherished that bear and it helped to comfort her,” explains family friend Brooke Moliosky.  “When she went into remission she remembered that act of kindness and wanted to do the same for other children fighting cancer.”  Olivia’s Bears was born out of that compassion and that need to pay it forward. 

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.”