The Citywide Kindergarten Canvass was a huge success last month, thanks to more than 200 volunteers who came out despite bad weather to help our youngest students start this school year off right. Volunteers spoke to kindergarten families across the City to answer questions about the start of school, and about simple and important things they can do to help their kindergarteners succeed.
New Haven Promise and the New Haven Public Schools are looking for help again this weekend with a second canvass aimed at speaking to families about the benefits of New Haven Promise and Parent University. The canvass is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Parent University is part of an ongoing effort to improve family and community engagement. It launches this November 3 with free workshops for parents of kids of all ages.
I had a great experience at the last canvass and I am looking forward to speaking to families again this weekend as a part of this latest effort. Visit www.tinyurl.com/septembercanvass to sign up. In October, there will be a third canvass to speak to families of students enrolled in Boost! schools For information or questions about volunteering, please contact Adriana Arreola at 203-776-6473.
Walk New Haven Gets Seniors Walking
Walk New Haven, a new initiative of the Department of Elderly Services, officially kicks off this Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Scantlebury Park on the corner of Munson and Bristol streets. The program seeks to promote 150 minutes of walking each week by older adults in New Haven to improve health, strength, flexibility, endurance and socialization. Under the guidance of the Department of Elderly Services, groups of seniors will walk in groups three times per week using pedometers provided by the Health Department. Participants will be provided water bottles from the American Heart Association and wellness checks from the Hospital of St. Raphael. At the end of eight weeks, Walmart will provide ten $10 gift cards for the top ten walkers based on the number of miles walked and days of participation. Walks will begin at 10 a.m. and will take place at Edgewood Park on Mondays, on the Farmington Canal on Wednesdays, and at Goffe Street Park on Fridays. On rainy days, seniors will walk in the grand ballroom of Bethel A.M.E. Church. Thanks to the Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center for their support on this effort!
West River Celebrates International Day of Peace
Join the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation this Sunday, September 16 as they celebrate the 7th annual West River International Day of Peace. The event will take place at the Peace Garden on the corner of Ella Grasso Boulevard, Martin Luther King Boulevard, and Legion Avenue from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food, fun, music, kites and some great community information.
FITWEEK New Haven Offers Free Fitness Classes
FITWEEK New Haven starts next month with access to free fitness classes and events throughout the Greater New Haven area. The event will take place Oct. 1. through Oct. 7 with free classes including Zumba, salsa, capoeira, tae kwon do and more from over 20 participating businesses. Find out more about the event at www.fitweek.net.
The event is an effort to get New Haven residents active and moving, and to connect residents to healthy activities. Thanks to Shana Schneider and Sarah Wilcox for spearheading the effort!
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