Service Learning Update

The project group is working on many projects simultaneously. There is a group of students that have just been granted permission by Superintendent Zhang to construct a Japanese garden in front of Scarborough Hall. They have been working on the plans with Ms. Furnia and will submit a supply list of items that they are seeking in donation. The plans include a pool with goldfish, artwork, plants, and areas for seating to enjoy the tranquil setting.

They also began the first phase of what will be their working greenhouse. Jason Zheng prepared the seed cups with dirt and then planted herb seeds. Remy Sykes helped erect the greenhouse shelves and then covered the unit.

This group is also organizing a shoe drive on campus and is asking that you send in new or gently worn shoes so that we can donate them. Our coat drive was very successful this winter and students got to see first-hand how desperately these items are needed. They have begun making signs that they will hang around campus and in the community. The last date to drop shoes off will be May 22nd. Start your spring cleaning early and please bring them to the Academic Office and we will see that they get to the collection boxes.

The culture group studied Malta this week. For the first time ever, we allowed the cadets to pull out their cell phones and join in a raucous game of Kahoot that was initiated by Jamel Pauletta. For those of you who are not familiar with Kahoot, it enables many individual players to log in on their cell phones and answer questions and be scored. It was a really fun way to have everyone participate and learn facts about the country.

                              

 

Service Learning Update (2/26/18)

Students from the news group went on a field trip to the Times Herald Record in Middletown. Paul Schultz explained that they print approximately 50,000 papers per hour and the facility is used to print over 130 different publications worldwide. He also explained that everything there is recyclable including the ink that is used which can make biofuel. The printing process consists of four colors and each color is given its own “plate.” Each plate has a polymer layer that is laser cut and then used to make images containing that specific color. If each roll of paper used could be totally unraveled it would extend 7 miles. It takes 17 trees to make one roll and it takes 20 minutes to print an entire roll. In keeping with their commitment to being eco-friendly, they plant a tree for every tree they consume.

NYMA is very grateful to Paul for taking the time out of his busy schedule to explain how their operation is run. The students asked many questions and were amazed at how enormous the machines were and how complicated the printing process actually is.

The culture group was assisting in preparing a meal in celebration of Mardi Gras. The menu consisted of chicken gumbo soup, crab cakes with Creole sauce, Orleans red rice and beans, Creole roasted vegetables, and bread pudding.

Operation Cookie Deployment

On the morning of the Winter Formal (Feb. 10th) from 9:00-11:00 am, several NYMA Cadets will be helping with Operation Cookie Deployment at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church. They will be helping pack boxes for our soldiers overseas. If you would like to join us or donate prepackaged food items, please contact Samantha Hill at (845) 534-3710 Ext. 4819. You may also drop your contributions off to the Academic Office and we will see that she gets it. Below is more information including a list of items that the church is saying are in particular demand.


Cornwall Presbyterian Church is collecting non-perishable, heat-resistant, perfume-free, travel-sized (ONLY) items to send to our service men and women.  Please help by donating any of the items below by Wednesday, February 7, 2018; helping us pack boxes to mail on Saturday, February 10, 2018, starting at 9:00 am; and providing addresses for soldiers who would appreciate “a hug in a box from home.”  Please call the church office (845-534-2903) with complete APO addresses and for more information.

You may bring your items starting Sunday, January 21. We are collecting the following items to donate:

Personal Care Items/Travel Size ONLY/No Aerosols:

dental care products
foot spray (Tinacton, etc.)
hair care products
hand sanitizers/soap/bath gel
lip balm (SPF 15)
manicure/pedicure products
sun block (SPF 45)
disposable razors
baby wipes/disinfectant
surgical masks
Q Tips
eye drops (Visine, etc.)
tampons (needed especially)
Avon Skin-So-Soft

Food ItemsNothing with pork, alcohol, or aerosol.

candy/hard candy (NO chocolate)
canned meats/tuna in pouch
cookies (homemade or store bought) –Oreos are a favorite
beef jerky/Slim Jims
gum
nuts /seeds, dried fruit, trail mix
powdered beverage mixes (sugarfree is best)
Ramen noodles
snacks/crackers; granola/energy bars
individual packets of cereal/soup
single serving instant coffee
tea bags
hot sauce/seasoning salts

Misc. Items:

greeting cards
envelopes/notepaper/pens
white athletic socks (needed  especially)
decks of playing cards
books of word puzzles
re-sealable plastic freezer bags

Needed especially:  white athletic socks, tampons, knit caps, helmet liners

Service Learning Update (1/27/18)

With exams and the inclement weather behind us, we were able to resume our Service Learning Wednesdays once again. The culture service learning group is collecting deposit bottles and cans this quarter in order to raise money for Cornwall Backpacks for Food. The organization provides nutritious meals every weekend for students who receive federal free lunch in the Cornwall School District. The bottles and cans are being collected in three collection sites including Mrs. Harrell’s room in Scarborough Hall, the Academic Office, and Dr. Webb’s room. To learn more about this worthy cause, please feel free to visit their site at www.cornwallbff.org.

Thank you to our faculty and parents that donated their gently worn outerwear towards our coat drive.  This past Wednesday, Sarah Magno and I took Cadets Beller, Walker, and Avarez to the Newburgh Ministry to donate all of the items that were collected. We were given a tour of the facility as well as an explanation of all of the wonderful work the ministry does. They offer a full gamut of services ranging from a warm communal area where people in need can grab a coffee or snack to a homeless shelter where people may stay until they get back on their feet. They store and sell all sorts of clothing items that have been donated and are made available at minimal cost or free if necessary. We were told that they could really use shoes and boots as well as consumables like diapers, toilet paper, and hygiene products. The students came away with a real sense of pride for what we had contributed and an overall sense of gratitude.

On the morning of the Winter Formal (Feb. 10th) from 9:00-11:00 am, several NYMA Cadets will be helping with Operation Cookie Deployment at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church. They will be helping pack boxes for our soldiers overseas. If you would like to join us or donate prepackaged food items, please contact Samantha Hill at Ext. 4819. You may also drop your contributions off to the Academic Office and we will see that she gets it. A separate post will follow that will include a list of items that the church is saying are in particular demand.

Our book making service group returned to Butterhill Day School once again to read to the preschoolers. The students commented that they realized now how difficult it is to teach. There is always such a beautiful exchange between our students and the wee ones. Thank you to Ms. Hill, Ms. Pasquale, and Ms. Simon for nurturing this endeavor.

50 Blessing Bags Created and Donated

Earlier today NYMA students delivered 50 blessing bags to Safe Homes of Orange County in Newburgh.

Safe Homes of Orange County’s mission is to work toward the elimination of intimate partner violence and human trafficking by providing comprehensive support services to victims and their children. They aim to increase public awareness about these issues and encourage accountability for perpetrators.

The director explained that when victims finally have the courage to flee, they often leave everything they own behind so as to not raise any suspicions. We were told that the items that the cadets purchased were perfect because they are not covered by food stamps. They were extremely appreciative and will be posting our picture on their Facebook page. We wanted to pass this gratitude on to you for helping to make this happen!

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Service Learning Update (12/5/17)

Last week some members of the culture group gathered inspiration from the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel to create a “Ceiling of NYMA”. Other members used teamwork to stuff cannolis with delicious filling for dessert.

Luke Daly, one of the newer members of the Corps of Cadets, has obviously acclimated to his new school quickly. He was getting into the swing of things in our NYMA kitchen on service learning day to pay homage to Italian cuisine. The pizza was delicious!

The project group has been racking their brains or should we say raking…to come up with ways to raise money for their cause. Their goal is to create 50 blessing bags to distribute to those in need. They have tackled the zillions of leaves falling around town and are getting closer and closer to their goal each day!

Winter Coat Drive

Now that the holiday season and cold weather is upon us, our project group has decided to turn its efforts towards the less fortunate. They have decided to take part in the 29th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. NYMA is now an official drop-off location and the cadets are asking for help in donating new or slightly worn coats.

We ask that all donations be received by November 26th (which is when the students return from Thanksgiving break). It is a perfect opportunity to clean out your closets and help people in need at the same time. For more information, please visit newyorkcares.org/coats. To arrange a drop-off please contact Yvette Furnia at yfurnia@nyma.org or 845-534-3710 x4800. Thank you!

Service Learning Update (11/11/17)

After taking a week to transition into new groups, our Wednesday Service Learning is in full swing again. Students took a trip to Butterhill Day School in Cornwall to read books to the preschoolers that they had chosen from the Cornwall Library the previous week. They will begin the process of creating their own book and ultimately make Volume 2 of the children’s anthology.

Now that the holiday season and cold weather is upon us, our project group has decided to turn its efforts towards the less fortunate. They have started a coat drive and are asking for help in donating new or slightly worn coats. You may begin sending in coats as early as this Sunday and we ask that all donations be received by November 26th (which is when the students return from Thanksgiving break). It is a perfect opportunity to clean out your closets and help people in need at the same time.

The group will also be making “blessing bags” to distribute and will be conducting fund raisers to raise money for the items they plan to fill them with. They are accepting contributions for these items as well. Their goal is to make 50 bags for distribution.  We already have fleece scarves and they would like to add socks, toiletries, and snacks. The students will be busy next week making flyers for their fundraising ideas. Rumor has it that they will be offering some raking services to their exhausted teachers…for a donation of course. Project leaders are also asking for donations of skeins of yarn that you may have around the house.

Much to the delight of our new student from Australia, cadets in the culinary group researched famous points of interest from “down under” and we were all treated to some typical Australian dishes. We hope this made him feel a little less homesick!

Although the newly appointed news group experienced a technical computer glitch, they still produced their second edition of their newsletter. We are waiting in earnest to see our next news broadcasters!

Service Learning Update (10/29/17)

The Book Group’s completed book is currently at the publisher, but that didn’t stop the authors from taking their finished product on the road to read to the toddlers at the Arc of Learning in New Windsor.

The Service Project Group completed the gazebo this week and it looks absolutely amazing. The group also decorated the Social Center for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

The Culinary Group took everyone on a tour of India.  The cadets were treated to a delicious Indian meal that consisted of chicken tikka masala, vegetable basmati rice, aloo palaak (potato in a spinach sauce), Indian spiced cauliflower soup, naan bread, and mango lassi for dessert. Everyone learned all sorts of interesting facts about India and the students shared maps that they had made of the area.

The News Group veered from their usual serious news broadcast to bring everyone a “Saturday Night Live” version. They also produced a spoof version of the written newsletter as their finale.

This coming Wednesday, our service learning groups will be rotating to their next experiences. We are looking forward to another creative, productive, and informative round of service learning at NYMA!