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Montefiore Partnership at Prospect Imparts Lessons on a Healthy Lifestyle

Cooking, Healthy Eating, Fitness, and Fun—or CHEFF as it is commonly referred to in the classroom—is a weekly partnership facilitated by the Community Pediatrics Program at Montefiore Medical Center, in collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund, a non-profit that brings comprehensive healthcare to children and families in need. Once a week, nutritionists visit

November 29th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Melody Clemons-Smith

Melody Clemons-Smith, Senior Client Care Coordinator (CCC) at Saratoga Family Residence, did not always imagine herself in the field of social work. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Clemons-Smith said. “But I was always a helper at heart.” Working as a microbiology technician at Northwell Hospital for

November 20th, 2018|

Williamsbridge Monthly Themes are a Win for Educational Recreation

After a long day of school, the last thing some students want to do is follow along with another lesson. But when it comes to after school Recreation, instructors at Williamsbridge have found an engaging and exploratory way to keep kids learning without it feeling repetitive. Every month, the group follows a specific

September 24th, 2018|

Summer Day Campers Learn Cooking Skills with Chef Tamara

Summer day campers from Prospect and Williamsbridge were in for a treat when Tamara Shenkle, Owner and Executive Chef of Amoraco Catering, visited them for a healthy, hands-on cooking demonstration. Shenkle had participated in this spring's KidCare NYC Jop Hop, an event where young participants spoke to professionals from different industries speed-dating style

August 28th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Vivian Vera

When Vivian Vera, Senior Accountant in the Homes for the Homeless (HFH) Finance office, applied for college, her grandfather suggested that she study accounting. “My mom was the only one who supported us, so my grandfather was like a father in my life.” She took his advice, and the rest is history. Born

August 10th, 2018|

Second Annual Family Safety Day Made a Splash at Saratoga

Saratoga recently hosted its second annual Family Safety Day, an outdoor event complete with carnival games, barbeque food, community enrichment, and more. Members of FDNY’s Safety Education Unit as well as NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau were on hand to get to know Saratoga’s families and staff better. As a part of the Fire

August 7th, 2018|

The Nature Company Brought the Outdoors Inside

Students in the Saratoga and Prospect Early Childhood Education Centers (ECEC) were thrilled when The Nature Company paid each of their classrooms an interactive visit. As a part of the company's Pre-K travelzoo program, presenters performed a puppet show and brought live animals along for the fun. Through three educational segments—Sounds

July 20th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Javier Marin

Javier Marin, a maintenance worker at Saratoga, has been working hard since the age of 14. His outstanding work ethic continues to attract notice at Homes for the Homeless (HFH). Marin has lived in Queens for 18 years. Born and raised in Colombia, he moved to the United States in his early 30s.

July 20th, 2018|