On Thursday morning, I had the privilege to meet with students who attend Discovery Charter School in Irondequoit. This is a new elementary public school located at the campus of Bishop Kearney High School. Currently, it has grades K through 2nd and will be adding 3rd through 6th grade. For more information on Discovery Charter School, visit their website at www.rochesterdiscovery.com.
Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to present the 2012 Human Service Courage Award to City of Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio. I also had the honor of nominating Anthony for the award for his dedication to our community and his amazing recovery and return to work after being shot in the line of duty in 2009. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at an appreciation breakfast for volunteers and employers of the Summer of Opportunity and Summer Youth Employment program. For more information on this great program for our youth, visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/soop/.
On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to visit with children at the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The kids had great questions regarding our community, our state, and our country. I also had the opportunity to read to them before they returned to their classrooms. So many bright young minds! Thanks for having me as a guest!
I am proud to partner with the Greece Central School District to put technology into the hands of Greece elementary school students. In an effort to increase students' access to, and understanding of, technology, the district recently purchased 30 iPads for each school serving grades 3-5. I was able to access educational funding for this program. In addition to Buckman Heights, iPad stations have been added to Brookside, Craig Hill, Lakeshore, Longridge, Paddy Hill, Pine Brook, and West Ridge Elementary Schools.
On Tuesday, October 24th, I had the privilege to tour and visit with students at Stepping Stones Learning Center. Stepping Stones Learning Center, a not-for-profit, family centered program for children birth to 21 years of age with and without special needs. Through our community, OPWDD, clinic, and early childhood school based classroom programs, we have developed unique environments where an acceptance of diversity promotes an atmosphere where children learn and grow together and from each other; what a lifelong gift. For more information, visit http://steppingstoneslearning.com/.
Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference announcing a new community-wide collaborative to prevent child sexual abuse. Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced today their official collaboration with local nonprofit and government organizations to address the epidemic of child sexual abuse. In addition to Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the Darkness to Light Collaborative includes: Center for Youth Services, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside Children's Center, Monroe County Department of Human Services, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/NY Branch, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Police Department, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, St.
Last week I had the privilege to visit with students and their teachers at Greece Athena Middle School. Students there were recognized for taking part in the district's summer reading program. Great job by all the students for your efforts this summer and getting a head start!
On Wednesday night, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the annual St. Lawrence School Veterans Day concert. Students from grades 4-6 took part in the concert to honor our country and those who have served it. Great job by all the students!
On Thursday night, I had the honor to speak at, and talk with students, faculty, staff, their families, and local veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. This was the 26th year for the ceremony. The students, faculty, and staff did a wonderful job as always on this great annual event to honor those who have served our Country.