On May 4, more than 150 fifth- and sixth-grade girls from eleven area school districts participated in the annual Women Helping Girls Make Choices program held at SUNY Oneonta, according to a media release from DCMO BOCES.
The program is free for districts as it is funded entirely with outside support. Supporters and a partnership with the Secondary Education Department at SUNY Oneonta have helped sustain the program.
The program goals are to encourage and increase young girl’s interest in academics by creating a link to real world careers, exposing them to positive role models, addressing career planning and decision-making, and providing them with positive peer interaction.
This year’s event provided twelve professional women as mentors covering six different career clusters. Mentors this year included: Jennifer Imperato, an Oneonta police officer; Eileen Bozollo, a project engineer at the Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mary Driver an engineering manager at Lockheed; Stephanie Yungk, a project engineer at Lockheed; Terry Emmitt, a professional engineer; Cindy Lehr a civil engineer at Jett Industries; Jo Ann Wormuth, the personnel/regional certification officer at DCMO BOCES and a fitness/pilates instructor; Shannon Stockdale, an insurance agent and partner at the GBR Agency; Paula Bagley, a civil engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Paula A. Brown, a constituent services representative for Rep. Chris Gibson; and Tiffany Bennett, a kindergarten teacher at Delaware Academy Central School at Delhi.
This annual event is coordinated through DCMO BOCES Enrichment Services and SUNY Oneonta’s Secondary Education Department.
Answers to your gardening questions are just a phone call away, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Master gardener volunteers answer numerous questions about plants, tree and lawn care, vegetable and flower gardening, and home and garden pest management practices for county residents. Master gardeners are available at 547-2536 extension 228 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If no one is immediately available, the agency will respond to voice messages.
Mark Boshnack is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at email@example.com.