The Herkimer County Hunger Coalition recognized Jackie Diagotto, RN, at Bassett Convenient Care for spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for elementary school children benefiting from the coalition’s Uncle Frank Back-To-School Program.
The donated school supplies includes a new backpack and other items specific to the classroom such as crayons, folders, notebooks and pencils which will be divided and distributed among Herkimer Elementary, Fisher Elementary (Mohawk), and Benton Hall Academy.
“The supplies is greatly appreciated by school administrators and will be given to children in need,” Herkimer County Hunger Coalition Founder Ray Lenarcic said.
“Jackie’s initiative and the generosity of her colleagues is greatly appreciated by the coalition. Efforts like Jackie’s and her co-workers at Bassett are the reason why an organization like ours can succeed in helping to make a positive difference in the lives of our children in greatest need,” said Kay Lenarcic, key coordinator of the Fisher Elementary School Uncle Frank Back-To-School Program and Gram Lorraine Christmas Program.
The Coalition is considering reviving it’s Fire Prevention program by printing copies of its fire prevention coloring book and having them distributed among second grade students in Herkimer County schools.
The coloring book was originally printed in cooperation with the local office of the American Red Cross and featured half and half creatures, such as a “birtle” which is a cross between a bird and a turtle.
The idea of the half and half creature was thought of by then-9-year-old Logan Crouse from Annapolis, Md., and nephew of coalition founder Ray Lenarcic.
The coloring book is full of creative fire prevention activities that teach children what to do in the event of a fire by going over fire safety tips and exit strategies.
“We’re even considering the return of the half and half contest which had hundreds of entries in 2009. We feel educating the children on fire safety is one of the most critical responsibilities as educators and advocates,” stated Lenarcic.
Also being considered is having Sparky, the Fire Robot, dusted off and put back into operation. Lenarcic said Sparky is one of the most effective means of education of which children can learn about fire safety. The robot was purchased several years ago with money generated from the sale of Christmas ornaments in memory of the six McLeod children who perished in a Little Falls house fire two decades ago.