Bright Shining Faces
Last week I spent some time with our new kindergartners. What fresh shining faces! We read stories, discussed teachers and adult ambitions – policeman, fireman, teacher - the usual stuff for 5 year olds. One boy, B, very seriously said he wanted to read and ride motorbikes when he grew up. Great combination!
Thank God I thought, that the Nyack Center provides a safe, loving, supervised place for these children to be while their parents are finishing the workday. The Nyack Center’s After School Program is the lowest cost in Rockland County. 98% of children who attend our After School Program are from working families living at or below the Federal Guidelines for poverty – most could not afford anything else. The Nyack Center also serves as a hub of information, support and community to help all families and children achieve their dreams. Where the school playing field is somewhat leveled, and where boys like B can grow into the thoughtful intellectual rebels they are.
The Board of Directors appreciates all the community support over the past 25 years, and we look forward to at least 25 more.
Nyack Center is celebrating 25 years of service to our community this year. As part of that celebration, every Tuesday for the remaining weeks of 2015, we will share a testimonial that answers the question "Why We Need Nyack Center." Past and current board members, graduates and participants in our programs, elected officials, non-profit leaders, community members and friends under the guidance of Bill Batson will share their experiences during our 25 years of service. Bill Batson is an activist, artist, writer and member of Nyack Center's Board of Directors.
Our 25 Years blog will be part of many special moments and milestones leading up to our 25th Anniversary Legacy Gala on November 14, 2015. The 25 Anniversary Legacy Gala is an elegant event when we honor community leaders who have made a difference in the life of our organization and community. This years Legacy Honorees are Chris & Bert Hughes and Sally & Roger Seiler. The event to benefit Nyack Center’s programs and our Legacy Fund.
We hope you Save the Date and join us November 14 at 7pm for Nyack Center’s 25 Anniversary Legacy Gala. For ticket and journal information go to www.nyackcenter.org
If you are reminded of a story, or a moment, or an event that you would like to share about Nyack Center, please share it as a comment on the blog.
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Nyack Center staff & community members will be submitting posts following this year's theme, "You're a shining star. No matter who you are." highlighting our community.