2010-06-25 / Community

Action Center Hosts Year-End Events

More than 200 Action Center parents and children reaped the rewards of a job well done, as the Action Center hosted its Annual Parent Child Awards banquet.

The night of June 18 was set aside for Action Center students who are part of the Action Center’s OST and Cornerstone programs.

The OST program is located at PS 106 and offers to students in grades K- 6, piano, fencing, karate, tutoring, homework help, tap, arts and crafts, drama, choir and a host of additional activities.

Joining the PS 106 students were the students involved in the Action Center’s Cornerstone program, which takes place at the Ocean Bay Community Center from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday-Friday. There students from ages 5-19 and adults from 20-seniors, take part in teen sports, boxing, piano, computer, tutoring, homework help, dance, trips, Jr. Achievement, adult computer and tax help, as well as adult cooking, piano and sports, among other offerings.

On Friday, all of the students received awards for their work and participation, and were joined by their parents and other relatives.

Executive Director Aria Doe says, “Seeing the smiling faces at the ceremony reminds all of us of why we do this, and how fulfilling giving service to our community can be.” She goes on to say, “This is an important annual event for the Action Center where we feel it is critical to reward the parents as well as the students. Without parent cooperation and participation the kids would not be able to get the full benefits from our programs.”

To learn more about the Action Center’s OST and Cornerstone programs please visit the Action Center’s website at www.theactioncenter.com. The Action Center’s OST and Cornerstone programs are funded by DYCD, and, says a spokesperson, the Action Center is proud to partner with the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, The African Center for Empowerment, Parents Community Inc, NYCHA, the tenants association at Ocean Bay and Community School District 27, among others, on these projects.

On June 19, more than 500 Rockaway residents came out to take part in the Action Center/PFIZER Health Day Family Event. Families were able to take part in a day of fun, and empowerment.

The event is part of the Action Center’s H.E.L.P. program, which stands for Health Education Literacy Program. Doe says, “We started our health program in 2004 where we build a team of teen and adult health advocates to service the Rockaways. We were appalled to learn so many people in communities such as ours died simply because they were not health literate and did not know where to get help or how important key health matrixes are. So our advocacies program evolved into H.E.L.P. with a goal to empower through knowledge.

“In 2010 the PFIZER Corporation, hearing of our work, joined in to sponsor many of our health initiatives. Saturday’s Health Fair and Family Day event was a critical part of the program and was also co-sponsored by our Cornerstone initiative.

“In addition to 500 families having fun with the games, free food, and prizes, 50 families were able to learn more about Title I and about the District 27 Title I DPAC at a vendor table covered by our Title I leader Queen Makada and nearly 200 families participated in filling out a health survey that really helps us to better understand the needs of the community and to fill those gaps.

“Action Center students provided a talent showcase which included tap, piano, karate and signing; inspiring over 60 families to sign up their children to be a part of Action Center Programs.”

For more information or to seek help and resources with Health Literacy issues, please call the Action Center’s H.E.L.P. line at 718-347-752-9860 and ask for Ms. Freddy Purcell, Director of Administrative Services.

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