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August 27th, 2014

Families Come Together for Kinship Care Month

Families participating in arts and crafts along with other family bonding activities.
MIDDLETOWN - “When we learned that the NYS Legislature had declared September to be Kinship Care Month, we thought it would be fun to celebrate by organizing a special activity our families could share,” commented Brenda Reynolds, Relatives as Parents Program Coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. “We’ve come up with a series of intergenerational arts projects for both of our meeting sites.”

 “These fun filled events are free for all grandparents and other relatives who are raising related children,” said Reynolds.  “Kinship caregivers and the children in their care will have the opportunity to slow down their hectic pace, share a simple meal, and work together on an engaging project.”

The Intergeneration Art Project schedule begins on September 2, 2014 at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Middletown, where RAPP families will create a decorative pillow. On October 14, 2014, New Windsor RAPP families (meeting at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 543 Union Ave.) will create a Family Memory Tree. Finally, on November 4, 2014, the Middletown location at Cooperative Extension will offer the opportunity for families to construct and decorate a simple birdhouse/feeder. 

All three meetings begin at 5:30 pm, include a light meal, and are followed at 6:30 pm by Coffee and Conversation support group and RAPP 4-H for youth.  New members are welcome, and preregistration is required.  There is no fee for this program as it is generously funded by the Orange County Office for the Aging.  Please call Brenda Reynolds or Linda Coleman at 845-344-1234 for more information or to register.

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