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December 1, 2012

BOCES programis 'good thing' for local boys

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — Last month more than 46 boys in grades 6-8 in the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES regions participated in the annual “It’s a Guy Thing” program at SUNY Oneonta. The event is coordinated through DCMO BOCES enrichment services and is made possible through a collaborative effort of a number of educators and community resources, according to a media release.

Eleven mentors volunteered, each meeting with three groups of boys in a 40-minute session. The goals for the day were to encourage and increase the boys’ interest in academics by creating a link to real-world careers, to expose them to positive role models, to address career-planning and decision-making, and to provide positive peer interaction. 

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Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi is the top ranked school in the area according to a recently published listing by Business First of Buffalo. The statistics, based upon New York State Education Department data from 2011-2012, ranked 430 upstate school districts that have enrollments of 260 or more. The results are an advancement of seven places, as compared to last year’s results, Delhi Superintendent Jason Thomson said.

Farm Catskills and local arts educator “Story Laurie” McIntosh presented the culmination of their Cultivating Connections program at Delaware Academy Elementary School at Delhi earlier this month. A similar performance was held at South Kortright Elementary School a month earlier. Cultivating Connections is an interactive songwriting workshop for elementary classes designed to cultivate student and community connections with the environment, healthy foods and nutrition, and farms in the New York City Watershed.

Two classrooms at Delaware Academy Elementary School participated in the five-week program led by McIntosh that lets students learn about gardens and how they grow while promoting critical thinking about the processes. The students created an original song that was shared with their peers, families and communities Nov. 9.

“Lately, many communities have realized the health and economic values of local farm-to-school initiative programs,” says McIntosh. “Experiential, hands-on learning is so important for kids, and allowing them to work creatively together to produce food for themselves and their families — to get their hands in the dirt and literally dig into the subject — is such a powerful idea.”

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In November, Jay Schuurman and Jason King from Springer’s, Inc. of Oneonta attended Kubota Tractor Corporation’s 2012 National Dealer Meeting in Dallas, Texas, to celebrate Kubota’s 40th anniversary in the United States.

More than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country joined together to celebrate the company milestone and to receive a first look at all 2013 product enhancements.

MARK BOSHNACK can be reached at mboshnack@thedailystar.com.