Save a Life at Blood Drive April 25th

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

You can be a life saver! Please consider supporting the Allendale Columbia School Community Service Club’s upcoming Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 25th, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. in the AC Alumni Gym, 519 Allens Creek Road in Rochester.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment using the sponsor keyword allendalecolumbia, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross. In only about an hour, donors can give a pint of whole blood or “Power Red”. A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Those who donate will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt (while supplies last). Middle School students will also support the Red Cross with a bake sale at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Commons.

 

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Swap School Clothes, Donate Shoes at PACK Spring Uniform Swap

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) will be holding a Spring Uniform Swap next Wednesday to Friday, April 18th to 20th. Please bring outgrown uniform clothing to Admissions any time between now and when the swap begins. We appreciate you bringing clean uniform items without rips or stains. All are welcome to pick up items at the swap, so please stop by when you are at school for your conference!
As you clean out your closets, please also send in any shoes your family no longer uses. Allendale Columbia is supporting a local nonprofit, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, by being a collection point for a shoe drive. Adult and kid shoes are accepted–shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals and even flip flops! Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha is a local nonprofit that adopts K-2 classrooms in the Rochester City School District and provides children with a bag full of wants and needs on their birthdays. You can read more at https://happybirthdaychachacha.org. Please place donated shoes in the lime green bins.
Please contact Cara Cardinale, PACK Lower School Liaison, with any questions you may have.
Thanks for supporting our uniform swap and shoe drive!
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Students Develop Entrepreneurship Skills in Senegal Collaboration

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Ariane Baer-Harper, Director of the AC Center for Global Engagement

During Spring Break in 2018, 12 Allendale Columbia students went to Dakar, Senegal, to participate in an entrepreneurship program entitled, Developing Entrepreneurship Skills through Intercultural Collaboration. This eight-day program was created by the AC Center for Global Engagement, the AC Center for Entrepreneurship, and Baobab Consulting, a company based in New York City and Dakar which specializes in facilitating collaboration between cultures through innovation. Throughout the program, AC students were paired with Senegalese high school students and were tasked to come up with an innovative social entrepreneurship idea.

WROC News 8 interviewed two students and Director of the AC Center for Global Engagement, Ariane Baer-Harper.

(Photos by Garrett Wilson ’21, Anna Mihalyov ’19, and John Palomaki)

All students, with trip leaders Ariane Baer-Harper (Director of Global Engagement) and Gabe Costanzo (Music and Band instructor), stayed at the Tostan Training Facility in Thiès, about 40 km outside of Dakar. Tostan is an international NGO focusing on human rights issues in Senegal, particularly women’s rights. The group also had the opportunity to spend some time in Dakar, the capital, and St. Louis, a city north of the country which was once the colonial capital of Senegal.

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Nursery/Pre-K Hop-A-Thon Raises $2K for MDA

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Tammy Crowe, Lisa Crandall, and Donna Kwiatkowski

Allendale Columbia Nursery and Pre-K students hopped and raised $2,150.00 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the MDA Hop-A-Thon on Wednesday, March 28th. The MDA disability awareness program helps children to learn about awareness, acceptance, and assistance. We were joined this year by Heather Powers, MDA Regional Fundraising Coordinator, who honored us with her praise of the students’ enthusiastic participation.

Our 4th grade friends join us for this special event every year. The 4th graders are the “counters”, and the Nursery and Pre-K students are the “hoppers”. We hop for 2 minutes! This is our class community service project.

Leading up to the project, the class watched some short videos and learned “hands-on” how to move in a wheelchair. We also learned that:

  1. Everybody is different, nobody is perfect…But all of us are special!
  2. Our bodies are amazing and can do lots of things. Every person has different abilities.
  3. When somebody has a lot of trouble doing something — no matter how hard they try or how old they get — they have a “disability”.
  4. There are many kinds of disabilities. People don’t have disabilities because they are bad or lazy. You can’t “catch” a disability the way you catch a cold.
  5. Some kids have a disability in their muscles caused by a disease called muscular dystrophy. They might use leg braces or wheelchairs, but they still like to play and be friends.
  6. Doctors and scientists are working to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy. We can help, too, by being in the MDA Hop-a-Thon!

Thank you to all of our Nursery & Pre-K “Hoppers”, our 4th grade “counters” and all of the family and friends who sponsored our students.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Tammy Crowe

Tammy joined Allendale Columbia over 15 years ago working in the Pre-Primary School and Rainbow Room after school program before becoming a pre-kindergarten teacher full-time. Prior to AC, Tammy taught in a variety of educational settings including creative arts, the YMCA, and daycare programs. She's a graduate of SUNY Brockport where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children. Tammy was honored with the Virginia and Fred Gordon Chair in Elementary Education in 2007.
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Lisa Crandall

Lisa has been working at Allendale Columbia School since 1996, starting in our Admissions Department as the Admissions Assistant as well as a substitute teacher before securing her current role as a Pre-K teacher in 2002. Prior to joining AC she worked at Monroe Community College as the Student Association Secretary where she supervised office operations for the Student Senate, and at Progressive Childcare Center as a preschool teacher. Lisa is a graduate of Nazareth College where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in English Literature with a concentration in Elementary Education.
Kristin Cocquyt

Donna Kwiatkowski

Donna has been teaching nursery school at Allendale Columbia for 30 years! Prior to teaching at AC, Donna was a Graduate Assistant at the Early Childhood Research Center at the University of Buffalo while getting her master's degree in Elementary Education with Specialization in Early Childhood Education. She is also New York State certified in nursery through grade six and holds two bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.

 

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Club Honors Local Women of Distinction in US Assembly

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Alison Zell ’18 and Indy Maring ’18

Guests Trelawney McCoy, Safi Osman, Sarah Rutherford, and KaeLyn Rich with members of the Social Inclusivity Club.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Social Inclusivity Club at Allendale Columbia School organized an Upper School assembly to highlight and honor the contribution of local women in the Rochester community. The club’s co-chairs were moved by a project called Her Voice Carries that they discovered through an exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Her Voice Carries, by local mural artist Sarah Rutherford, features five local, empowered women and the inspiring work that they do to support their local communities and to “lift up the voices of others.” Sarah collaborated with the women to design and paint five murals of them in different communities throughout Rochester. From there, the club chairs decided that the AC community would get a lot out of Sarah and her work and knew they needed to share her story and project with everyone.

The AC community was extremely fortunate to have three of the women, Trelawney McCoy, Safi Osman, and KaeLyn Rich, join Sarah to talk about the important work they’re doing.

  • Trelawney McCoy, active in Rochester’s Northeast Quadrant, is the foster and biological mother to nine children. She works full time as a project counselor at the University of Rochester helping young mothers gain their independence. Trelawney believes that every child deserves love, and she has dedicated her life to that mission.
  • Safi Osman is active in the Southwest Quadrant of Rochester. She is originally from Somalia, has lived in the United States for 2-3 years, and is an emergency translator. Safi also provides transport to refugees in need through Refugees Helping Refugees, an organization that she helped found.
  • KaeLyn Rich is active in the Southeast Quadrant. She is a queer feminist who is an active writer and direct action organizer. She is the Assistant Advocacy Director with the New York Civil Liberties Union, a staff writer for Autostraddle, and also maintains a blog that focuses on parenting and family-making. KaeLyn’s new book, Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution, is up for preorder, to be released in August.

The women shared more about their passions and efforts in the Rochester community, then the panel opened for questions.

The assembly resonated with many at Allendale Columbia who felt that the stories of these women were inspirational to them, as they often feel as though they have little control over their world. This assembly showed these students that their voices matter and that they have the power to make a difference in world, which, at times such as these, is critical.

If you would like to learn more about Sarah Rutherford’s Her Voice Carries, visit https://hervoicecarries.blog/ where you can find more information about the artist, the project, and the different mural locations.

The Social Inclusivity Club works to promote awareness and acceptance to the problems of  marginalized people in our community. Learn more about the club on their blog, https://sicblogac.wordpress.com .

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Alison Zell

Alison Zell, Co-chair of the Social Inclusivity Club, is a senior at Allendale Columbia School. This is her 3rd year as Co-Chair of the club. Alison enjoys running track, baking, playing the trombone, and spending time with her family, including her bunny, Bunzo Dunzo, and her dog, Kali Zell. Alison is going to study nursing next year.
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Indiia Maring

Indy Maring, Co-chair of the Social Inclusivity Club, is a senior at AC. Indy has been a member of SIC for 3 years, and this is their first year as chair. They enjoy throwing discus, learning about cults, and playing with their cousin Riley. Next year, Indy plans on studying Political Science at the University of Rochester.
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Applications for Farnham Community Service and Huff Outdoor Education Awards Due by March 26th

Posted on February 26th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Applications are due Monday, March 26th, 2018, for two awards presented to Allendale Columbia School students at the Spring Honors Assembly in June.

The Sherman Farnham, Jr. ’62 and Anne Morris Farnham ’64 Community Service Award

This award is made possible through a gift from Sherman Farnham, Jr., and Anne Morris Farnham. Both alumni, they believe that a balanced education includes community service and helping persons in need, particularly when such need is caused by natural disasters, lack of financial resources, or poor educational opportunities.

This award will provide a stipend of up to $2,500 to an AC Upper School student for participation in a community service project on a local, national, or worldwide level. It will cover all costs associated with participation up to the amount of the award. The project may be of any duration and at any time of year, but it may not interfere with school attendance.

How do I apply?
Students must thoroughly research the desired opportunity, must indicate the role that they will play, must prepare a project budget, and must articulate the benefit both to the program and to themselves of such participation. In addition, they must report to the Allendale Columbia Community the resultant lessons learned from the experience and how this award may have an impact on the future course of their educational or volunteer choices. Students may apply individually or as a group. Please click here to download an application form.

What is the timeframe?
Applications are due to Mrs. Diane Broberg by March 26th, 2018, for participation in a program that takes place during the 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2019).  A committee of faculty and administrators will select the recipient(s). Selected candidate(s) will be notified by May 1st; such notice will be announced at the Spring Honors Assembly.

This award will provide a stipend to an Upper School student or students who, through an application and possible interview process, demonstrate the desire to participate in a community service opportunity whose goal is to help alleviate distress due to factors noted above. Please note that costs above the stipend are the responsibility of the student and/or his/her family.

Where do I get more information?
Contact Mrs. Diane Broberg at 381-4560, ext. 245.

The Jeff Huff Memorial Award

Jeff Huff, Class of 1984, was known and respected for his self-confidence, enthusiasm, and appreciation for his fellow students and teachers. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1989, and his family has established a memorial award at the school in his name. Throughout his life, Jeff enjoyed outdoor activities that were physically challenging. These experiences were important influences in molding his character.

Accordingly, the Jeff Huff Memorial Award provides a stipend of $1,500 to an AC student currently in grades 9-11 to help support participation in an outdoor experiential education program such as Outward Bound or others that combine challenging physical activity with character development.

How do I apply?
To apply for the award, a candidate should write a letter describing a specific outdoor experiential education program including goals, location, dates, costs, and his/her personal objectives for participation in the program.

What is the timeframe?
Applications are due to Mr. Ted Hunt by March 26th, 2018, for participation in a program during the 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2019). Selected candidate will be notified in advance of the announcement at the Spring Honors Assembly.

Where do I get more information?
For more information about the Jeff Huff Memorial Award, or on outdoor experiential programs available to students, contact Ted Hunt at thunt@allendalecolumbia.org. Materials on such programs are also available in the school library.

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