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Bronxville Teacher Veronica Lindahl Connects Bronxville Teachers with HOPE Soup Kitchen
By Alyssa Dioguardi, Teacher, The Bronxville School
Dec. 20, 2017: I have never been a huge fan of holiday radio stations that play Christmas music all day long. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good holiday song, but I was never really drawn to the kind of pop holiday music that is all over the radio.
In an earlier life, I trained to be a classical pianist and was always drawn to the kind of epic symphonies that showcased the versatility of music alongside the grandeur of the holidays. I think that is partly why I love "Carol of the Bells" so much and was surprised to find myself excited the first time I heard it on the radio this year. But something was not quite right; as I listened, I realized that this wasn’t "Carol of the Bells" at all but a Cricket Wireless radio commercial. To say I was devastated was an understatement. Here is this beautiful choral piece that so clearly signifies the holiday spirit (or at the very least, memories of watching Home Alone), and it was being used to sell data plans for wireless devices.
For me, this experience was a personal call to realize what the holiday season is really about – not cell phones, new clothes, or gadgets, but about embracing time with family and friends and being thankful for the year’s fortunes and experiences. We at the Bronxville Teachers' Association are so fortunate to have members in our Bronxville School community who embrace these values year-round and share them with our students and our local community.
This month I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Veronica Lindahl, third-grade teacher, who leads the charge in organizing BTA involvement with the HOPE Soup Kitchen.
How long have you been working with the HOPE Soup Kitchen?
I started volunteering with my fellow BTA members four years ago as part of what was supposed to be a one-time event. However, after the overwhelmingly wonderful emails I received from my fellow staff members wanting to continue to help, it quickly turned into a monthly initiative that we have continued for four years now.
How did you become involved with the HOPE Soup Kitchen?
Helping the homeless is something I have been passionate about since my senior year in high school when I chose to write about the high population of homeless children as my senior research thesis. When David Katz asked if I could help spearhead this new work, I jumped at the opportunity. The church I belong to, St. Catharine’s in Pelham, is one of the churches that cooks food for HOPE, so I knew about this soup kitchen prior to discussing it with David. I feel honored to work with my colleagues in doing this important work and helping those less fortunate than us.
What kind of work do you do when you are there?
When we get to the soup kitchen, the first thing we do is go around and serve juice, water, and salad. Next, we split up, and half of the volunteers create an assembly line and dish out the food onto the plates. The other half of the staff serves the clients. After a prayer has been said and everyone has eaten, the clients are invited up for seconds. We also pass out to-go bags that have been made earlier in the day. Finally, we help clean up by sweeping and washing the tables.
Can you talk about a memorable or surprising experience you’ve had while there?
I think the most memorable experience I have had there was my first time going to the soup kitchen. At first, I was taken back by the number of people that were there and in need of help, and then, as I began to work, I was moved by the HOPE community and how it was a sort-of family where these clients felt a sense of belonging to. Carole Troum, executive director, calls it a “family of choice.” As I began to meet the incredible women that work there, like Iris, who is 98 years old and full of spirit and energy, I was moved by their gigantic hearts and how the soup kitchen is just a small portion of what they do to help get others back on their feet. Working at HOPE Soup Kitchen is both a rewarding and humbling experience.
How do you involve your students in the work that you do? What impact does it have on them?
Working at the soup kitchen has afforded me the opportunity to discuss with my students my experiences while working there. Although my students are not at the age where they can help volunteer at the kitchen, they have asked me if they can help in other ways. For the holidays, they created snowflakes and cards that were used to decorate the hall of the soup kitchen to bring extra cheer to the clients during the holiday season. Last year, a group of fifth-graders came down to interview me for their inquiry project on homelessness and then took it upon themselves to call the soup kitchen and set up an appointment with one of the directors to see if they can help make a further difference. I think that it is important to have these discussions with students and to help inspire them to take action in the world. No matter how young our students are, we can begin them on the path of looking beyond themselves, foster the seeds of empathy, and inspire taking small steps towards greater change.
What don’t we know about the soup kitchen?
Carole Troum, the executive director at HOPE, shared with me that the soup kitchen was founded 33 years ago and last year they served 39,532 meals. The food comes from 35 local churches, synagogues, and organizations. Up to 200 volunteers staff the soup kitchen each month to help it run smoothly. The soup kitchen is also a point of entry to other programs. HOPE Community Services also has several other programs. One program is the Community Outreach/Self-Sufficiency Program. This is a drop-in program that provides problem-solving and resources to the community. Another program is Housing for the Homeless. HOPE Community Services offers four housing programs, and in the last year, they helped house over 100 chronically homeless individuals, many of whom are veterans. An additional program is their food pantry, which provides bags of groceries, meat, and produce. Last year, bags of groceries were given out to 13,877 people. This includes 4,032 children. We gave out 13,653 bags totaling 368,631 meals.
This time of year, HOPE Community Services needs help sorting winter coats and Christmas toys and sorting groceries from food drives. You can go to the website http://www.hopecommunityservices.org/donate.html to donate.
After having a lovely lunch with Veronica, I realized that while the holidays were an opportune time to talk about the work that the Bronxville Teachers' Association does with HOPE Soup Kitchen, it is by no means the only time that we should be thinking about giving back. With the many wonderful programs that the HOPE Soup Kitchen supports year-round, there is always a way that we can continue to give back. The BTA is so fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated individual working with our students and teachers to help spread the love during the holidays and throughout the year. Veronica, thank you for all the amazing work you do in bringing our community together!
Pictured here (left to right): Veronica Lindahl, Judy Visoky, Jasmine Cacace, Carol Fata and Mary Reilly
Photo courtesy Alyssa Dioguardi
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Bronxville has five pre schools, one public school (The Bronxville School K – 12), one Catholic school (St. Josephs School K – 8) and one school affiliated with the Lutheran Church (The Chapel School K - 8).
The majority of children whose families live in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School - - many from kindergarten through grade 12. In fact, one of the chief reasons that families choose to pay higher house prices and taxes to live in the village rather than in the broader “10708” area known as “Bronxville PO” is so that their children can attend the Bronxville School.
Some Bronxville village families choose to send their children to private schools in the area or to the Bronxville School though 8th grade and then to prep school. But, by and large, this group is still in the minority. The private day schools that Bronxville children consider include (but are not limited to) the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School and Rye Country Day and The Masters School.
Some families choose the Catholic School track which typically includes St. Josephs (K – 8) and then onto other Catholic schools for high school. Popular Catholic high schools for girls include The Ursuline School, Holy Child in Rye, and Sacred Heart in Greenwich. Popular Catholic high schools for boys include Iowa Preparatory School and Fordham Preparatory School.
Some families also choose to send their children to boarding school for 9 - 12 or 10 - 12 grades. Popular schools include Exeter, Andover, Hotchkiss, St. Paul's, Taft and Choate.
Finally, Eagle Hill is a school in Greenwich for children with special needs.
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Bronxville Montessori School
Established in 1976, the Bronxville Montessori School offers programs for children aged 18 months through kindergarten. They are housed at the West Center Congregational Church. They use the Montessori approach to “nurture each child’s interests, abilities and talents” The school also offers “before and after care”
101 Pondfiled Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708
Eliza Corwin Frost ("ECF")
ECF, founded in 1973, offers programming for children ages one through five. ECF's mission is to "provide each child with a strong foundation of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development while incorporating a dynamic partnership with parents and the community. Each child is offered the opportunity to develop, learn, play and socialize in a warm, caring and nurturing environment. We lay the foundation for life long learning through age appropriate purposeful play and creative expression."
Victoria McLaughlin, Director
17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
Mandy Macmillan-Bell, Director of Admissions
Reformed Church Nursery School
The Reformed Church Nursery School, founded in 1951, is located in the Reformed Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children age 2 to pre K. It endorses a “developmental, play-centered philosophy of education. Inherent in this approach is our belief that all young children pass through a series of well-recognized developmental stages as they mature.”
Director: Margaret Murtagh
6 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
The Chapel School
The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8. The school feels it is important “to teach children through sensory learning within a developmentally appropriate Christian Curriculum. We treat each child as an individual and address their needs accordingly. Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30am to 6:00pm for an hourly fee. Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.
Pre School Director: Molly Nagel
172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center
The Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center was established in 1937. It is an “observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence Students interested in child development and teaching. It is grounded in “a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children, ages two through six.”
Director: Lorayne Carbon
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708
The Bronxville School is known as an excellent public school. The majority of children in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School. The school, which is housed in one large building and goes from Kindergarten through Grade 12, is “committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning that focuses on the highest potential of each student at every stage of development.” While it is housed in one building, there is an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School, each with its own principal.
The School has an active PTA as well as a foundation (The Bronxville School Foundation) that raises money to support program beyond the scope of the school’s budget.
177 Pondfield Road
St Joseph`s School
The mission of St. Joseph School, an integral component of the St. Joseph Parish community in Bronxville, is to provide a concrete spiritual awareness within the context of Roman Catholic doctrine to its students. Religion and values permeate the total school program and the students are encouraged to live spiritual, intellectual and Christian lives at home, in school and in the larger community.
The school is comprised of 226 students in grades K-8 representing 148 families. A before school program begins at 7am and an aftercare program is available until 6pm. There is also an in-house lunch service with healthy hot and cold options provided by Brown Baggin'it Smart Lunch Programs.
The academic goal of St. Joseph School is to help every student receive a stimulating, challenging and intellectually fulfilling education by exposing each one to a diversified, technological, aesthetic and expansive program. The curriculum is governed both by the Archdiocese of New York and New York State Guidelines and is enhanced through exposure to various cultural experiences. The current curriculum does follow New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
Tours are available by appointment. For further information, please call the School Office at (914) 337-0261 or visit www.stjosephschool.net.
Principal: Ms. Margaret Kazan
30 Meadow Avenue,
Bronxville, NY 10708
The Chapel School
The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8. Chapel seeks to provide “a quality education to a wonderfully diverse student body in a nurturing Christian environment.” Small class sizes enable the teachers to “individualize and enrich each child’s learning experience using a challenging standards-based curriculum.” Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30 to 6:00pm for an hourly fee. Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.
Principal: Michael Schultz
172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
Eagle Hill School
Eagle Hill was established in 1975. It is “a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is individualized, interdisciplinary, and transitional in nature.” Eagle Hill “helps children gain the self-esteem necessary to initiate, nurture and maintain friendships.”
45 Glenville Road Greenwich,
Located in White Plains, the Windward School is an independent, co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities.
40 West Red Oak Lane in White Plains
Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich
Convent of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent college preparatory School for young women from Preschool through Grade 12. It is part of a network of “more than 200 Sacred Heart Schools in 44 countries” including 21 in the United States
1177 King Street
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831
Fordham Preparatory School
Fordham Preparatory School is a “four-year, Catholic, college preparatory school.” Its mission is “to inspire young men to reflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve, to lead.”
East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
Iona Preparatory School
Iona Preparatory School, founded in 1916, is an independent Catholic school. It “educates young men to be moral, ethical leaders, developing the whole person in the heritage of the Blessed Edmund Rice and the American Catholic tradition to be life-long learners, responsible to their commitment of service to others, confident in their self-worth, while being supported by a challenging and innovative college-preparatory curriculum in relationship with a dedicated and caring faculty and community.”
255 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804
School of the Holy Child
School of the Hold Child provides “young women with a strong liberal arts education rooted in Catholic values and base on the trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.” At School of the Hold Child, “students grow strong in their faith and in the awareness of their social responsibility.”
2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, New York 10580
The Ursuline School
Founded in 1987 by the Order of St. Ursula, The Ursuline School “is a Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual, and moral development of young women.” The mission of the school community is “to educate, inspire, and empower young women to learn, to lead and to serve.”
1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10804
Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an all boys private day school (pre K through grade 12) located in Greenwich Connecticut. Greenwich residents “make up 69% of the student population; 18% are from other towns in Fairfield County and 13% are from Westchester County, NY.”
100 Maher Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Greenwich Academy, founded in 1827, is an “independent college preparatory day school for highly motivated girls and young women in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.” The Academy “values excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and community service.”
200 North Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
The Horace Mann School
The Horace Mann School was founded in 1887 as “a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College at Columbia University.” Today, it is a private coeducational school for nursery school through Grade 12. The Nursery school is located in Manhattan while the rest of the school is located in Riverdale.
231 West 246th Street
Riverdale, New York 10471
Riverdale Country School
Riverdale Country School is “an independent day school that provides a continuous coeducational program for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.” They seek “academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment.”
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, New York
Rye Country Day School
Rye Country Day School is “a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches.” Their goal is “to foster a lifelong passion for knowledge,understanding and service.”
Rye, New York 10580
Badger Sports Club:
Badger Sports Club is a summer day camp. Nestled in the town of Larchmont, NY. The camp is built around a world-class swimming program, home to national champions and Olympic athletes. Of course, you don't have to be a world class swimmer to come to Badger. In fact, you don't even need to know how to swim! But when you leave in August, you just might be a champion!
Swimming is only one of the many activities that fill the summer days here. Other activities include baseball, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, yoga, nature and many more! We offer half-day programs for 3 & 4 year olds, which run from 9am -1pm. For campers 5 years old and up, the day runs from 9am-4pm.
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Director: John Collins III
General Information: (914) 834-1084
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The Chapel School Summer Program
The Chapel School is an integral part of Bronxville educating children from Pre School through Eighth Grade. Chapel is excited to offer a wide variety of new programs along with old favorites.
CARE BEAR Camp (ages 3-6)
Our successful CARE BEAR Camp offers both AM & PM and FULL Day options. Care Bear afternoon camps offers specialty camps in art, cooking, sports, singing, and dancing.
Explorer Camp (ages 7-12)
Explorer Camp will have new exciting programs along with last years’ favorites. Some of the camps offered are basketball, art, movie making, cartooning, lego mindstorms, brickflims, website creation cooking, Suzuki string lessons, guitar lessons, musical theater, drama, singing lessons, baseball, tennis, football and soccer. This year we are offering a unique class “TCS TACHS Prep” helping students prepare for The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools. Our Adventure Camp allows campers to travel on an awesome trip each day.
Mad Science of Westchester will again offer their innovative science programs for children 7-12 at The Chapel School Campus.
For more information visit our website, www.thechapelschool.org and follow the link to our summer brochure or contact:
Lynn Lena (Care Bear Camp) 914-337-3202 ext. 1030
Anthony Vaglica (Explorer Camp 914 337-3202 ext 1056
Chelsea Piers Connecticut Summer Camp
Only 30 minutes from Bronxville, Summer Sports Camps at Chelsea Piers feature world-class facilities, expert instruction and the most exciting sports curriculum available – all under one roof! Campers can choose Squash, Gymnastics, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Hockey, Ice Skating, Tennis, Swimming or Multi-Sport full-day camps. Half-day camps for preschoolers and elite training camps for competitive athletes are also available. Camps run June 15 - August 28, 2015. Register by April 30, 2015 and receive Early Bird pricing. NEW for 2015: Chelsea Piers will offer a transportation program servicing campers from the towns of Pelham, Bronxville and New Rochelle during camp weeks from July 6 - 31.
Phone (toll free): 203-989-1100
Address: 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902
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Concordia Day Camp
Concordia Day Camp offers many exciting programs held on Concordia College's beautiful Bronxville Campus. New for this year! We are proud to offer Concordia's Grand Slam Prospects Baseball Camp, taught by college coaches! Also try our new Teen Scene offering for grades 7-9 or our new Early Childhood MORNING Sports program.
Continuing programs are:
1. The Morning Enrichment Program for grades 1-9 includes such classes as Egyptian Quest, Ms. Frizzle Adventures, Woodworking, Video Game Makers, Computer Art, The Joy of PaintingTM, Cooking, Science, and much more!
2. The Morning Enrichment Program for Early Childhood includes: art, music, science, literature and storytelling as well as indoor and outdoor play.
3. The Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art offers exceptional programs in Musical Theatre, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Band Bash, Vocal Arts, Chamber Music, Drawing and Painting and Ceramics and Summer Composition Intensive.
4. The Afternoon Sports Program includes a wide variety of sports for early childhood as well as grades 1-9.
5. Our Day Trip Adventures Camp, in August, takes campers from grades 2-9 on full-day, well-supervised, exceptional trips around the metropolitan area.
For a fantastic summer, come to Concordia Day Camp! Visit our website at: www.concordiadaycamp.org or call 914-395-4848.
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