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The S.A.G.E. Pages Senior Adults for Greater Education ™ “generations educating generations” Winter 2010 Senior Adults for Greater Education • 203 Anselm Road, Richboro, PA 18954 FOUNDER-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR S.A.G.E. Welcomes New Board President Beryl Katz Dear Friends of S.A.G.E.: BOARD MEMBERS Christine Moran, Ph.D - Board President 2009 was an amazing year for S.A.G.E. We are honored to have served our Stephanie Cayne-Meiskin, Ed.D community for 10 years, realizing our goals of supporting seniors and youth, while Mayor Joseph DiGirolomo, Bensalem Twsp. Ed Doherty building a bridge to the future. This year we have added new schools and districts to Richard A. Fragale, CPA, MT our family, and are proud to announce a new President to our board of directors! We Richard A. Hopkins want to thank our past President Ed Doherty for his guidance and enthusiasm for our Sue Hulings mission. He will continue to serve S.A.G.E as a board member. We wish him much Reid King success with his new restaurant, Union Trust. Kathia D. Monard-Weissman, Ph.D Steve Rodos, Esq. Dr. Christine Moran was recently elected to chair the Board of Directors of S.A.G.E. Brian Serfass Christine has served on the board for 2 years and has been integral in setting policy, Lorri Snyder creating the operational guidelines, and keeping S.A.G.E in line with Pennsylvania Lauren Taylor, Esq. Peter Waitze educational standards. Dr. Moran currently holds the position of full-time Assistant Professor of Education at Immaculata University where she teaches both graduate HONORARY-ADVISORY BOARD and undergraduate courses. Christine’s other responsibilities at Immaculata include MEMBERS serving on the Teacher Education Committee, Research Ethics Review Board and • Governor Edward G. Rendell :: Service Learning Task Force Team. Her passion to share her knowledge beyond the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania classroom includes serving as an Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Research • Mr. Dick Goldberg :: Director of the and the Dissertation Chair for Doctoral students. Christine was instrumental in Coming of Age Initiative, Temple University obtaining a $2000 grant from the Office of Sponsored Research to work with • Mr. Gregory Wozniak :: President and CEO St Mary Medical Center, Undergraduate Students on the Development and Implementation of a Research- Langhorne, Pennsylvania Based Intergenerational Book Club which will benefit S.A.G.E. • Congressman Patrick Murphy :: 8th district Christine began her teaching career at Abington Senior High School where she Pennsylvania taught World Civilizations, American Studies, Psychology and Sociology. While • State Representative John Galloway :: 140th raising a young family and teaching at the university level, Christine pursued her district Pennsylvania doctoral degree at Temple University and obtained a Ph.D in Educational • State Senator Charles McIllhinney :: 10th district Pennsylvania Psychology. Her doctoral research examined the impact and effects of service- • Former State Representative David Steil :: learning on high school students. Her dedication to service learning leads her to 31st district Pennsylvania S.A.G.E where her expertise will translate into new initiatives and programs to better • Mr. James DiDio :: Chairman/CEO, Radnor serve our community. Trust Company In Christine’s spare time (when she has any) she spends it with her four young • Dr. Rob Danoff :: Program Director children and her husband, Ken. Welcome, Christine! Frankfort Family Practice; Medical Correspondent CN8 Comcast Network Lorri Snyder • Dr. Beth Dupree :: CEO/Medical Director, Vice-President, S.A.G.E. Board of Directors Comprehensive Breast Care Institute, Bensalem, Pennsylvania • Ms. Jill Carr :: President, The Give Something Back Foundation You Can Help S.A.G.E.! • Mr. Randy Hulings :: Retired Teacher, S.A.G.E. is seeking volunteers to help the organization grow and flourish. We Council Rock School District would value your expertise in finance, publishing, journalism, web design, • Ms. Sheryll Poris :: Human Resource business, fundraising, etc. Manager, International ReSearch Please contact: Pharmaceutical Services Kathi at email@example.com. or Beryl at 215-357-2332 The S.A.G.E. Pages PAGE 2 S.A.G.E. Newsletter We're Listening.... What would you find interesting and fun to do with students and other members of S.A.G.E.? If you have any ideas or suggestions for an intergenerational activity, we would love to hear from you. Previous intergenerational activities have included: bingo, spelling bee, cooking, book chats and choir. Please let us know if there are any activities that you feel seniors and students could share which would allow them to learn from one another, meet other members of their community, while having a great time! We value your ideas and hope to hear from you! Recently at our first intergenerational book club at Hillcrest Elementary, a few people expressed the desire to have a book club on a regular basis. Would you be interested in joining this group to help shape this event? Please contact Kathi at:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-357-2332. Where is S.A.G.E. Now? S.A.G.E. is now in Archangels Academy in Bristol. In Bensalem we are in all the elementary schools. In Council Rock we are in all schools, including Sloan School, an alternative school. In Neshaminy we are in: Heckman Elementary, Albert Schweitzer Elementary, Walter Miller Elementary, Joseph Federbar Elementary, Poquessing Middle, Carl Sandburg Middle, Maple Point and Tawanka Learning Center. In Pennsbury: Fallsington Elementary, Penn Valley Elementary and Quarry Hill Elementary. Additionally, we are excited to be starting at The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. NEWS ABOUT S.A.G.E. IN BENSALEM BENSALEM HAPPENINGS - INTERESTING EVENTS SHARED BETWEEN S.A.G.E. VOLUNTEERS AND STUDENTS Struble Staff Welcomes Back Benjamin Rush Elementary Welcomes Four Volunteers S.A.G.E. Volunteers Carol Lowry and Joan Dilella work in kindergarten tutoring Benjamin Rush Elementary School in the Bensalem and working with students on sounds and writing. Mrs. Township School District is very pleased to welcome Dilella also works in 1st S.A.G.E. volunteers Sam Goodman & Peter Waitze, two grade helping students gentlemen with considerable background and experience with counting money and in mathematics. telling time. Mr. Goodman and Mr. Waitze are our resident math Marty Perl works in the experts in 5th and 6th grade respectively. Mr. Goodman is library and edits 5th and encouraging his students in 5th grade to learn their 6th grade students' multiplication tables by sharing pencils, erasers, blank writing pieces. Sandra books, and wonderful stories. Mr. Waitze, who is partnered Sloane works in the 3rd with teacher Zachery Vile in 6th grade, will be tutoring grade with small groups of students focusing on geometry and algebra concepts on an as needed basis comprehension skills, fluency, and decoding and word with individual students as well as with groups, and even recognition. the whole class. We are very lucky to have such great volunteers who The teachers at Rush look forward to hosting more come into our school to help our students succeed! S.A.G.E.-ly volunteers in the near future! Submitted by: Jessica Szyszko and Submitted by: Dr. June Hodge Davis Marcella Reppenhagen The S.A.G.E. Pages S.A.G.E. Newsletter Page 3 BENSALEM SCHOOL DISTRICT Continued District Hosts Luncheon for Seniors Last year, S.A.G.E. volunteers were actively involved in After lunch, Dr. Gretzula shared the historical partnership three of our six elementary schools. This year, the three of S.A.G.E. and the school district and showed the additional elementary schools are partnering with S.A.G.E. video. Dora Cueto and Peter Waitze, two S.A.G.E. On November 5, the Bensalem Township longtime volunteers shared their positive personal School District hosted a recruitment luncheon in the experiences. Mrs. Cueto told the group how fulfilling it is Board Room at the Dorothy D. Call Administrative Center for her, how much she loves working with the students for prospective senior adult volunteers. and how the students look forward to her being there. Mr. Waitze said "When I see a sparkle in a little kid's eye, it District Superintendent, Dr. William Gretzula welcomed means that something I did registered, and that's a great everyone and provided an introduction to the school payback for me.” district, explaining our mission statement, goals, and strategies. After introducing our elementary school We are excited to welcome our new volunteers this year principals and school liaisons, everyone enjoyed a and look forward to continuing our partnership with delicious Italian lunch catered by La Cena Italian S.A.G.E. Ristorante. Submitted by: Susan Phy, School/Community Relations S.A.G.E. needs your help We are so appreciative of the time and talent you share volunteer base as well as applying for federal and private with us throughout the school year as a volunteer. Thank grant funds to support our program. We are asking that you! Please know that your volunteer contribution is of each volunteer take a minute or two to fill out the great value in many ways. Volunteers ensure that we can enclosed Volunteer Update Form. Thank you in advance spend every dollar we have on needed services in the for your help! local public school system and still do more. We also know that giving us your time comes with various SUPPORT S.A.G.E. BY MAKING A CAR DONATION costs/expenses to you personally. But because you are S.A.G.E. has recently registered with DonationLine.com, so familiar with our work, you know that it takes both a vehicle donation center. DonationLine will accept any participation and money to accomplish our mission. Like car donation, anywhere in the United States, running or the rest of the country, S.A.G.E. is feeling the impact of not. By choosing SAGE to benefit from your car donation, the down-turned economy. As a result, we are ramping up you receive a tax deduction for your vehicle donation. its fundraising efforts by applying for grants and seeking Visit www.donationline.com for more information. private donations. How can we ask strangers to contribute funds and not give you the chance to decide if you want to add a check to the ways in which you already help us? Of course, contributions are not at all required. S.A.G.E. Newsletter Trivia Quiz If you would like to contribute, please visit our website Submitted by Mitchell Halista (www.beasage.org) and click on the "Donate Now" button 1. What invention, which is still used today, was first or mail a check made out to S.A.G.E. to 203 Anselm used on the Union ironclads USS Monitor? Road, Richboro PA 18954. 2. Who was the only U.S. President from Pennsylvania? S.A.G.E. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions to S.A.G.E. are deductible to the extent 3. What was the name of the O'Hara homestead in allowed by law. Tax ID #75-3110110 "Gone with the Wind?" 4. How long is the Aurelian wall around the Vatican? S.A.G.E. IS UPDATING VOLUNTEER RECORDS 5. When and where was the first night baseball game? SAGE is beginning to update its volunteer records. This process will allow us to obtain important demographic 6. Which game bans left-handed players? information from our volunteers that will be immensely (Answers on Page 7) helpful in providing us with an accurate picture of our NOTE: If you would like to contribute an article to the next edition of the S.A.G.E. Newsletter, please email it to Kathi at email@example.com by March 15, 2010. If you have had a change of home address, phone number or email, please let us know. The S.A.G.E. Pages PAGE 4 S.A.G.E. Newsletter NEWS ABOUT S.A.G.E. IN COUNCIL ROCK COUNCIL ROCK HAPPENINGS — INTERESTING EVENTS SHARED BETWEEN S.A.G.E. VOLUNTEERS AND STUDENTS! S.A.G.E. Thanksgiving Dinner Veterans Day Observance Seventy S.A.G.E. members were treated to a delicious The Holland Middle School held a Veterans Day turkey dinner at Richboro Middle School on Nov. 19, 2009. observance on November 11, 2009, the fifth consecutive After being welcomed by school principal Mr. Bill Bell, and year the school has shown appreciation to the veterans. student council president Mia Serafine, we enjoyed three Beginning with greetings and refreshments for the 72 lively numbers by the school band, followed by a beautiful veterans in attendance, the formal program was initiated musical selection performed by the orchestra. by teacher Katie Quinn who led everyone in the Pledge of After that, a really wonderful Thanksgiving dinner was Allegiance, followed by the school choir, singing the served in the cafeteria, much to the enjoyment of National Anthem. Mr. Michael Lecker, school principal and everyone. Our sincere thanks go to the talented chefs who Marine Corp's veteran, followed with a welcome and prepared this feast, as well as the cheerful student opening comments. volunteers who served it so capably. It was a wonderful precursor to the Thanksgiving holiday. The students then participated in the agenda. Amanda Besselman gave a student reading of "The History of the Ruth Hauler, S.A.G.E. Volunteer Poppies". Student poems were then read by author Taryn Wilson, "Moonlit Soldier", and Emily D'Aoust, "Because of S.A.G.E Veterans Speak to Fourth You". Graders at Rolling Hills Guest speaker and Iraq veteran, Congressman Patrick J. On Monday, November 9th, the fourth Murphy then spoke to the group. Students Joe Johnston, grade students at Rolling Hills Steve Hanna and Gabi Rosenfield followed by introducing Elementary School were treated to a each veteran and presenting him with a personalized special presentation by veterans Harry Certificate of Appreciation for his service. Niemann and Ernie One. These two fine S.A.G.E. volunteers spoke with The Holland Band then played, ending with the students students about the draft, various jobs in and veterans singing together, "God Bless America". the military, and specific battles fought Closing remarks were handled by teacher Daniel in WWII. Mr. Niemann and Mr. One Greenland. The program ended with a student/staff- were also kind enough to share created patriotic video, and all veterans were presented personal artifacts such as medals, with a keepsake copy. It was a very moving and pictures, and a uniform with the memorable day for this veteran, and a great example of a children. The students seemed to find combined effort by students and staff. the presentation stimulating, and it was Special thanks must go to the following: a great way to Principal Mike Lecker - originator and planner of event. communicate the purpose of Veterans Day to elementary school The Student Council children. The presentation ended Carl Albrecht and Maureen Flynn - Student Council with these words of wisdom, "Next Advisors and Coordinators time you see a veteran, just go up Dan Greenland and Nancy Caplan - Video preparation to them and say thank you." Mitch Frank and Linda Deis - Music preparation Robin Eichelberger - Flowers and decorations Robin Hunt and Barbara Tiger - Photos and video of festivities Upcoming Council Rock Events 2010 – Darlene Bello - Administration Mark Your Calendars!!! Debbie Mackey - Refreshments Intergenerational Spelling Bee - Newtown Middle School, January 14, 2010 - 1:30-3:00 pm It was a day that made me proud - proud to be an Holland Middle School Dinner Theater - March 17, American, proud to be a veteran and proud of the fine 2010, Dinner 5:30, Musical 7 pm. This year's musical young men and women that the Council Rock School is Willy Wonka. District is producing. Seniors 4 Seniors Prom - CRHS South, March 18, 2010 - 6:00-8:30 pm Harry Niemann, Marine Veteran and S.A.G.E. Volunteer Intergenerational Bingo - Holland Elementary School, May 13, 2010 - 9:30-10:45 am The S.A.G.E. Pages Longevity Solutions S.A.G.E. is a member of Longevity Solutions, which educates seniors and their families on all core components needed to successfully age with grace. Members of this group include: Susan Apollon, Psychologist, Author and Motivational/Keynote Speaker. Susan brings her twenty-plus years as a psychologist in Yardley to help seniors manifest their hopes and dreams and to live comfortably with peace, joy and good health . susan@mattersofthe soul.com Brian Fitzpatrick, Owner of BrightStar Healthcare Home care and medical staffing agency that provides experienced and reliable companions and skilled nursing care to individuals and health care facilities. firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Horan, licensed Insurance Sales Representative with Bankers Life and Casualty. Brian assists and educates seniors with regard to their choices and options about Medicare supplemental coverage, Long Term Care and Life Insurance. email@example.com Stacey Hord, Eldercare Advisor at A Place for Mom. A Place for Mom is a free eldercare referral service assisting families in finding resources of every kind. Stacey@aplaceformom.com Beryl Katz, Founder of S.A.G.E., a non-profit group that invites seniors into the schools to enrich the educational experience for students. Senior Adults for Greater Education also runs free intergenerational events in local schools so that stereotypes about generations can be dispelled. firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Newman, Owner of Newman Elder Law. Richard has focused his practice on Elder Law, after seeing the need that seniors have for knowledgeable and compassionate representation. Rich@Newmanelderlaw.com Marlene Stocks, Owner of Senior Transition Services. Marlene is committed to providing her clients with the traditional downsizing, relocating and organizing services they need with the compassion, respect, patience and dignity they deserve. SeniorTransition@verizon.net Jessica Strom, CSA, Care Manager for Aging Advisors, LLC, a geriatric care management company. Jessica helps seniors and their loved ones make decisions about their present and future needs and care. Pa.email@example.com Peter Wechsler, Co-Founder of Franklin Retirement Solutions- an organization that specializes in meeting the financial, estate, and legacy needs of area retirees making certain all the pieces of your retirement plan fit together by coordinating the work of your attorney, accountant, broker, and banker. peter@franklinRS.com Wendy Whitaker, Director of Reverse Mortgages at 1st Senior Home Protection. Specializes in Reverse Mortgages and seniors being able to age in place. firstname.lastname@example.org The S.A.G.E. Pages The following article appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times on December 21, 2009 Seniors back in school By: KATE FRATTI, Bucks County Courier Times Pennsbury's Fallsington Elementary School has a pulse. I can feel it from where I'm sitting in the lobby outside the main office. That's where Principal David Hughes and three fifth-graders are at a counter busily affixing glue and glitter to paper cutouts bound for the winter showcase that Hughes wants ready in time for the next PTO meeting. His building hums with children's voices, the strain of violins and piano. There are books dropping, doors opening and closing and the sound of flushing from the lavatory, where a steady stream of kids, and the occasional big person, ducks in to empty and then wash up. I'm enjoying the vibe and patiently waiting for Iris Goldberg. Iris is 80. She'll stand out around here, I'm thinking. Turns out, Iris isn't the one who's late; I am. She's already signed in and at her post in Terri Jacob's kindergarten while I'm lollygagging in the lobby. Kindergarten is where Iris volunteers every week to help with reading, writing and stabbing straws into juice boxes at snack time. The extra pair of grownup hands allows Mrs. Jacobs to spend more one-on-one time with the kids. Iris is one of 40 volunteers with S.A.G.E., Senior Adults for Greater Education, a nonprofit founded 10 years ago in Council Rock. She said she gets as good as she gives in this volunteer gig. S.A.G.E. founder Beryl Katz got to thinking the best way to unify a community often divided over the cost of education was to familiarize the community with what really goes on inside a classroom. The district agreed, since the volunteer hours generated turned out to be darned valuable. Iris signed on this fall with the Pennsbury pilot. So far, just Fallsington, Penn Valley and Quarry Hill are included. Pennsbury, like Council Rock and now Bensalem and Neshaminy, pays a fee to cover the cost of S.A.G.E. administration so it can recruit, train, schedule and monitor seniors such as Iris. It can be a painstaking process. Even once a senior is matched to a teacher, there can be hitches. Beryl's assistant Kathi Sherzer, whose son attended Pennsbury, recently reassigned a senior who said he wanted to help in a special needs classroom. He called her to say, "You know what? I've learned something about me. I have no patience." Kathi found him a better fit. Volunteers are asked to list their talents and life experiences when they apply for the program. Some travel; some know languages; some are retired teachers; some are veterans; some have interesting hobbies they'll share with the kids. "I'm having the time of my life," says Iris, who's lived in the Birch Valley section of Falls since 1968. She raised two children and made her living as an executive secretary. Her husband was a psychologist and adjunct college professor. As we talk, Iris is perched on a little chair helping a pencil-wielding kindergartner sound out the letters in "snowman" as she scribbles them onto lined paper. Iris has an easier time getting up from the chair than I do. She confides there's no way she could get up from the rug. When the writing assignment is done, the child comes back to Iris for help putting her belongings away. She's anxious to sit down for a snack. "You know what my book bag looks like, right?" the girl asks as she hands off her stuff to Iris. Iris is amazed by the kids' sophistication. "I can't believe what they know," she says. When she was their age at PS219 in Brooklyn, she was supposed to know her colors and refrain from eating paste. It was that easy. Not now. There's a curriculum to master. "It's like being a grandma," Iris says of her work here. She raised a son and daughter, neither of whom provided her the opportunity to play the role. She was "so thrilled" to be placed with kindergartners. I make a face when she says that and Iris laughs. "And then I can go home," she says. After about an hour, she's ready to put her feet up for a while. But not for long. In addition to Pennsbury, she volunteers at the firehouse and with the Boy Scouts. "You have to feel you're worth something," Iris says. "Sit back and watch TV? That's crazy." Crazier, even, than voluntarily spending your time with kindergartners. And that's pretty nutty. The S.A.G.E. Pages 203 Anselm Rd. Richboro PA 18954 215-357-2332 www.beasage.org Senior Adults for Greater Education is devoted to uniting youth and seniors in their quest to enrich education and leave a legacy for future generations. Yes! I want to make an impact in my community! Please send me more information about volunteering through Senior Adults for Greater Education! Please Print Clearly. Name_____________________________________ Phone Number____________________________ Address ___________________________________ School District_____________________________ City_______________________State _____ Zip___________ Date of Birth____________________ Email address________________________________________________________________________ Please indicate the type of volunteer work you would be interested in (check all that apply): Reading with students Sharing a talent or skill Helping with student written work Sharing an experience Helping in the library (history,travel,culture,etc) Tutoring Helping with community service projects Practicing math facts with students Other (please describe) ______________ Helping with computers _________________________________ THANK YOU for helping to shape the future! You will receive further information from Senior Adults for Greater Education. Please mail to Senior Adults for Greater Education at the address above. SAGE-GVF-2007 VOLUNTEER RECORD UPDATE FORM 2010 Please complete this form and return to: Senior Adults for Greater Education (S.A.G.E.) 203 Anselm Road Richboro, PA 18954 S.A.G.E. is in the process of applying for federal and private grant awards to support the work that you are doing in the public school system. We need the following information so that we can provide potential funders with a detailed and accurate picture of our volunteer base. Your personal information will never be given out and will remain confidential. GENDER (Circle one): Male Female RACE: ________________________________________ DATE OF BIRTH (MM/DD/YY): _________________ HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION COMPLETED (Circle one): Less than high school 2-Yr college degree (Associate’s) Doctoral degree High school/GED 4-Yr college degree (Bachelor’s) Professional degree (MD, JD) Some college Master’s degree CURRENT MARITAL STATUS (Circle one): SINGLE MARRIED SEPARATED DIVORCED WIDOWED RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION (Optional - Circle one): Protestant Christian Protestant Evangelical Muslim Buddhist None Roman Catholic Jewish Hindu Other THANK YOU!!! S.A.G.E. Newsletter Page 5 COUNCIL ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT Continued Breakfast at Holland Middle School the adults. How nice that a small picture book could bring so many people together…generations educating Did you notice that the sale and generations. consumption of eggs has increased in the area Submitted by Nancy Korecki, S.A.G.E. Volunteer supermarkets? On Monday, One Participant's Comments on the Event: November 30, 2009, several 7th grade students, along with What a neat experience! Thanks to Beryl and Kathi for teacher, Mrs. Deborah Mackey arranging this. and members of S.A.G.E. Very well run on both sides - S.A.G.E. and the school. I prepared and consumed a definitely think this is a project worth continuing if the delicious breakfast of specialized omelets, toast, juice, interest is there on the part of the teachers and kids. I was coffee and coffee cake. Even though most of the adults fortunate to read and chat with 3 girls who had a lot to offer consider cooking an omelet along with intelligent questions and one had even "second nature", we all experienced the death of her father, so that was learned some tips to make interesting! them even better. The best part, also, was that the Diana Nagy, S.A.G.E. Member students washed and dried the dishes - "Less Work For Mother". S.A.G.E. Members Speak About Sylvia Rosenberg, S.A.G.E. Volunteer Great Depression and WWII A very special thanks goes out to S.A.G.E. volunteers; Mr. Charles Bates, Intergenerational Books Mrs. Vivian Braubitz, Mr. Charles and Brownies Event Fulton and Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Tafel, parents of S.A.G.E. volunteer Cindy We would like to give a special Rohland. On November 24th and thank you to Hillcrest December 1st the volunteers took time Elementary School, Nakia to visit two 10th grade American Civics classes at Council Jones-Tate, Principal, Library Rock High School South. Students in the classes had Personnel, Anne Lenicky and spent the past three weeks learning about life during The all the other third grade Great Depression and things that led to WWII. Having teachers for inviting S.A.G.E. S.A.G.E. guests come into the classroom allowed the members to join them in their students to hear what the world was like from those who first Intergenerational Books experienced it first hand. The S.A.G.E. visitors spent the and Brownies Event. class period telling the students many stories about what We all read the book, "Nana they dealt with during the depression and what it was like Upstairs and Nana Downstairs" fighting in the war. Topics written by Tomie dePaola. It included; what young adults did was a tale of a 4 year old boy's for fun, the kinds of jobs people close relationship with his held, joining the military, active grandmother and great combat, life on the home front grandmother. A group of students met us at the office and and how these experiences after introducing themselves and shaking hands with us have shaped their lives and proceeded to escort us to the library to meet with all the relationships. other third graders. We separated into groups of 3 or 4 After telling their stories the guests students with one adult and discussed the book and answered many questions presented by exchanged thoughts and memories of loved ones in our the students. Through these question lives. The children were very insightful in their thoughts and answer sessions the sophomores and I think they learned a few were able to make many connections things from the adults as well. between their lives and the lives of When we were done discussing the teenagers in the 1940s. book everyone was invited to enjoy the snacks and juices provided. Thanks again to the volunteers who were so generous with their time and experience. The students hope to see you The whole event was very again soon and learn more from the words you have to charming and the students seemed share. to enjoy the interaction as much as The S.A.G.E. Pages PAGE 6 S.A.G.E. Newsletter COUNCIL ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT Continued Hillcrest Elementary School Invitations from Council Rock North Science Fair We would love for S.A.G.E. volunteers to join our On Wed. October 14, I attended Hillcrest students in the CR North Cooking Club held at CR North, Elementary School's Science Fair 62 Swamp Road, Newtown. Our theme this year is through S.A.GE. I enjoyed presentations International Cuisine. We also regularly cook meals for from students on: iron in cereal; the Aid for Friends organization. If S.A.G.E. members e- absorption; mail me, I will place you on our member list and send you going green updates about our upcoming meetings. The students (a few on would also love to have members share their own this topic). recipes. The most We also have a Quilting Club, which members are more interesting than welcome to participate in. The quilts and pillow was on turtles. As I asked cases created in the club are given to sick children. The pre-suggested questions, Quilting Club meets every Thursday in Room 110 B from this budding biologist really 2:30 until 4 pm. shared with me much of her information and knowledge Thanks!! on the subject. I could tell Cathy Perkins, CRHS North she enjoyed her Family & Consumer Sciences Department Coordinator project.....and was very well 215-944-1350 informed! The link for the dates of the above is: http://www.crsd.org/5042010995720517/blank/browse.as Libby Katz, S.A.G.E. Volunteer p?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=76526. NEWS ABOUT S.A.G.E. IN PENNSBURY PENNSBURY HAPPENINGS — INTERESTING EVENTS SHARED BETWEEN S.A.G.E. VOLUNTEERS AND STUDENTS Fallsington Elementary School addition to the classroom. Welcomes 13 S.A.G.E. Volunteers Mike Zizzo is a S.A.G.E. volunteer in Mr. O'Donnell's fifth grade classroom. Individual One of the first pilot schools, partnering with the S.A.G.E. students have the opportunity program in the Pennsbury School District, Fallsington to read to him or review work Elementary is honored to have thirteen S.A.G.E. they have completed. He volunteers this year. Volunteers are helping students reinforces the teacher's weekly in math clubs, reading groups, and speech message that reading is a lessons. Some volunteers work with small groups, large critical life skill. Mike has also groups or one-on-one. They bring so much background been able to participate in the and history into our classrooms. For example, students in DARE program with the children. He is very friendly fifth level learned about Veteran's Day from a S.A.G.E. towards all of the staff members and students with which veteran. We consider all of our S.A.GE. Volunteers part he comes in contact. It is a pleasure to have him come to of our extended Fallsington Family. Penn Valley each week. Sheila Miley, Liaison, Fallsington Elementary Arlene Johnson, Liaison, Penn Valley Elementary A Great Addition to the Classroom Hats Off to Norm Idleberg Kathleen Stramara was the first S.A.G.E. volunteer at S.A.G.E. volunteer Norm Idleberg recently shared his Penn Valley Elementary School this year. She is working extensive hat collection with the second grade students with Ms. Jennifer Kochersperger and her fourth grade at Penn Valley Elementary School as an introduction to students two to three times a week. Ms. Kochersperger their social studies unit on Cultures and Traditions. Norm says that having a S.A.G.E .volunteer for math has been is a 30-year veteran of the United States Navy. The very helpful. She is grateful for the work that Kathy does retired captain and Vietnam Veteran, collected the hats with the students. Kathy is very independent and keeps during his years of service to this country. The children accurate records of the progress the students are enjoyed trying on the hats and learning about the many making. Every child gets the opportunity to review their parts of the world that Norm has visited. skills with Kathy. They have been able to work on time, decimals, math facts and problem solving. Having a Submitted by: Kimberly D'Emilio, Jennifer McCormac & S.A.G.E. volunteer in the classroom has been a great Mary Johnston The S.A.G.E. Pages S.A.G.E. Newsletter Page 7 LOOKING FOR LEADERS Dear Senior Adults for Greater Education Supporters and Friends, The Board of Directors of S.A.G.E. is reorganizing and wants to add several new members to the team. Please look to see if you, or someone you know, should be invited to join the Board of our organization. Senior Adults for Greater Education is a young, fast-growing organization. This is our 10th year of operation. Those who have been supporters can see the growth, expansion and improvement of our programs! This requires active participation by our board members. Our board provides oversight to the organization, but in addition, many of our activities are organized by board members. We have a working board - not just an oversight body! We are seeking a board comprised of enthusiastic people who are hands-on in every way to make this organization a thriving success. We are looking for people with a variety of talents - including: • Evaluation • Finance • Gerontologist • Technology • Non-Profit Administrator • Child Psychologist • Administrative (ret. Principal or • Celebrity Spokesperson for • Media Publicity and Public Superintendent) visibility Relations • Business • Special Events/Fundraising If you enjoy being part of a team, working with other dynamic people and are skilled or experienced in any of these areas, please contact us and let's discuss how you can become part of the team! Process for joining the Board: If you're interested in joining or you know of someone we should consider, please call or email the Executive Director, Beryl Katz at 215-357-2332 or email at email@example.com. We'll tell you more about the organization and the functioning of our board, the tasks and expectations, and how we run Senior Adults for Greater Education. Candidates will tell us about their interests, skills and talents, and motivation to join the board. After we share information both ways, we'll jointly decide if it's a good fit and take it from there. So please let us know if you're interested - we're a good team working on a great mission, and we would welcome you "On Board!" We're looking forward to hearing from you! Beryl Katz, Founder www.beasage.org 2009-10 Philadelphia 76ers S.A.G.E. Night Senior Adults for Greater Education Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks 1/22/10 Senior Adults for Greater Education and the Philadelphia 76ers have teamed up for another special evening to help raise money and awareness to unite youth and seniors to enrich education and create a legacy for future generations. Proceeds from each ticket purchased will go towards supporting S.A.G.E. and your school district in their amazing efforts. Box Office Your Location Price Price Upper Level $45.00 $35.00 Center Court Call Josh Hermann at 215-952-5628 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information Trivia Answers To purchase tickets contact Kal Katz 215-357-6898 1. Rotatable gun turret 4. 12 miles or E-Mail email@example.com 203 Anselm Dr. 2. President Buchanan 5. 1909, Cincinnati Baseball Park Richboro, PA 18954 3. Tara 6. Polo The S.A.G.E. Pages You Are Cordially Invited... S.A.G.E. Funding Comes from To a night of DINING and DANCING with the senior class of Donations and Grants Council Rock High School South! YOU can help! Who: The Senior Citizen Community of Council Rock School District and the 12th grade To make a donation Philosophy classes at Council Rock By credit card (Visa and MasterCard)* High School South. Online: www.beasage.org (click on “Donate Now”) What: A 1930’s-1940’s Big Band or Call: 215-357-2332 Themed Senior Prom for You! By check* When: Thursday, March 18th, 2010 Send check payable to: Where: Council Rock High School South Senior Adults for Greater Education 2002 Rock Way, Holland, PA 18966 to: 203 Anselm Rd., Richboro PA 18954 I will be attending, Memorial and Honorary contributions* My Address is: Please specify name of person being honored and My Phone Number is: name/address of person to receive notification My Email Address is: I would like to be contacted with more information about transportation. Please return to: R. Moore, Philosophy Department c/o CRHS South, 2002 Rock Way, Holland, PA 18966 The Newsletter Editorial Staff S.A.G.E. wishes to thank the following people for their continued support of our Nancy Korecki • Bea Langman program: Representative Gene DiGirolamo, Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, Representative Ruth Hauler Anthony J. Melio, Representative Dennis O'Brien, Senator Robert M.Tomlinson Nonprofit Org US Postage PAID Langhorne, PA Permit #81 Senior Adults for Greater Education 203 Anselm Road, Richboro, PA 18954
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