Archives for December 2016

FirstStepNYC Opens “Little Free Library”

December 29, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY  Our FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Education Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn opened a “Little Free Library” for their students and families thanks to books donated by individuals and organizations throughout the area. Students, parents and faculty from The Wampus School in Westchester hosted a book drive that collected over 1,000 new and used books for FirstStepNYC’s new library.

Upon the Little Free Library’s opening, each child was given a library card that allows them to check out books to take home to read. It coincided with the kick off of their “Winter Reading Rally” to promote literacy – with the goal of students and their families collectively reading 1,000 books at home.

SCO Celebrates the Holidays!

December 28, 2016 – Glen Cove, NY  Thank you to all of the SCO supporters and friends who donated thousands of gifts, organized holiday celebrations and supported the children, youth, adults and families we serve during this special time of year. Below are just a few samples of the overwhelming generosity shown toward New Yorkers in need during this season of giving.

Phil Catapano and Friends Carry on Tradition of Giving to SCO Youth

phil-catapanoPhil Catapano and a host of friends loaded 80 duffel bags with hats, gloves, PJs and other goodies for the residents of our five Independence Inns for runaway and homeless youth. The babies at our Inns received gift bags of blankets, books, teddies and more to brighten the holiday season. It’s a tradition that Kathy Catapano began more than 10 years ago and continues in her memory. Thanks, Phil, and everyone involved…our youth couldn’t be more grateful!

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The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt did a wonderful story featuring our Crotona Inn’s Reading Literacy Program.

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For Bronx Librarian, Bringing Books to Homeless Children Inspires Hope

dsc_0735December 19, 2016 – Bronx, NY – Lester Holt did a wonderful story on the NBC Nightly News featuring our Crotona Family Residence’s Reading Literacy Program. A manager from the Morrisania Branch Library, Colbert Nembhard, visits the shelter every Wednesday collaborating with our staff to engage toddlers though reading, sing alongs and other activities – sparking their curiosity and promoting the foundation for literacy. The partnership began 8 years ago when Crotona invited the library to do outreach for the children living at the shelter. Early literacy programs like this are now being replicated at shelters throughout NYC.  See their story.

We welcomed NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to our Flushing Family Residence to announce the Afterschool Reading Club

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SCO Welcomes NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to Announce Homeless Shelter Reading Program

December 8, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY  SCO Family of Services welcomed NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to our Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn yesterday as she announced the Afterschool Reading Club (ARC), a brand new literacy enrichment pilot for elementary school students living in shelters. Chancellor Fariňa also took time to read “Leo the Late Bloomer” to our kids during her visit.

Flushing Family Residence is one of 18 shelters citywide piloting the Afterschool Reading Club, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Services. Elementary school teachers visit the residence three days a week, providing reading instruction, homework help, and arts programming to help students develop heir literacy skills. The students also receive free books each week so they can build their own libraries and read with their families. ARC also engages parents and families, with the goal of bringing families together to read. See NY1’s coverage.

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