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Twenty Local Schools Receive New Books
Parents, faculty, and PTA members from across the New York City area worked together to win new books from the "Books 4 Our School" campaign co-sponsored by the Brooke Jackman Foundation and NYMetroParents. (read the story...)

A Summer Camp Helps Kids Cope with Loss
Hearts and Crafts Grief Counseling hosted its 15th annual Camp Grief Busters in June where bereaved kids and parents spent the weekend participating in fun games, relaxing, and being reminded of the importance of enjoying life amid tragedy. (read the story...)

Sanctuary Yoga Studios Now Offers Teen Yoga Camp
Sanctuary Yoga Studios, located in New City, now offers a Teen Yoga Camp—a five-day workshops that includes breath work, meditation, journaling, and yoga poses. (read the story...)

300 Rockland Teens Do Good on Mitzvah Day
Hundreds of kids and teens volunteered during Mitzvah Day in Rockland County, tackling more than two dozen community service projects in honor of the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. (read the story...)

Rockland Names Two Favorite Teachers
Two teachers from Rockland County were awarded the "My Favorite Teacher" title in a ceremony at Barnes & Noble at Palisades Center. (read the story...)

A ‘Toyriffic’ Birthday Party
Toyriffic, a toy store in Pomona, now offers birthday parties. (read the story...)

Rockland Youth Theatre Brings Creative Opportunities
Rockland Youth Theatre encourages kids to create, team-build, and be inspired through theater they create from the ground up. (read the story...)

Thousands of Parents Rally to Support Their Child's School
From public and private schools in Queens and the Bronx to those in Westchester, Long Island, Rockland County, and beyond, parents stand up to help stock dwindling school libraries with new books by voting for their child's school in the Books 4 Our School challenge. (read the story...)

The Summer Spot Relocates to Congers
The Summer Spot, a nonprofit summer program that provides kids with a high quality summer experience, is relocating to Congers from Spring Valley. The program, known for its affiliation with parent organization Rockland Afterschool Program, aims to provide social, emotional, and cognitive development for children ages 5 through 14 this summer. (read the story...)

Lucky Ducky Child Care Arrives in Nanuet
Lucky Ducky Child Care in Nanuet offers full-day services to children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and also has an after-school program. Children in the full-day program participate in educational and social activities such as reading and writing development, potty training, numbers and shapes, and music time. (read the story...)

Youth for Hospice Awarded on Philanthropy Day
United Hospice of Rockland's Youth for Hospice members were recognized among other local do-gooders at Rockland County's annual Philanthropy Day awards ceremony. (read the story...)

Spotlight on a Local Bigtop
An internationally acclaimed new documentary features Rockland’s own Amazing Grace Circus. (read the story...)

Matisse Chocolatier Arrives in Rockland
New kid on the block Matisse Chocolatier has arrived to give Rockland anything and everything chocolate. (read the story...)

Online Parental Controls Available from Delaney Computer Services
It’s impossible to constantly stand over children’s shoulders and monitor what sites they’re curious about or what they’re searching for on Google. For Rockland families, Rich Delaney and the team at Delaney Computer Services have alleviated the pressure. (read the story...)

Rockland County Offers Residents Free Portion Control Tool
In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, the Rockland County Department of Health is offering Rockland residents a free tool to help keep plate portions in perspective, encouraging families to commit to healthy eating. (read the story...)

'What Are You Doing for Others?'
Hundreds of community members took the late Dr. King’s words to heart during an MLK-inspired Day of Service in January. (read the story...)

Building a New Academy in Rockland
The impending closing of Reuben Gittleman Hebrew Day School in New City, a long-standing local school, has become the driving force behind the building of a new school in the community, Rockland Jewish Academy. (read the story...)

A New Resource for New Moms
Patricia Reilly started Growing Up Babies, a newborn care consulting company, in November 2011 because she saw a need for support for new mothers when they return home from the hospital with their newborns. (read the story...)

Life Coaching With a Focus on Infertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood
Sabrina Roffman, owner of Just for Women Life Coaching, wants to offer women support and guidance as they transition and take on different life events. (read the story...)

New City Kumon Awards Scholarship to Local Student
A six-year-old boy of Pomona was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Kumon Math and Reading Center of New City as part of the Kumon Fall Scholarship Sweepstakes. (read the story...)

Good Friends, Good Deeds
Friends since pre-K, two boys from New Jersey get together to co-author a book on how friends can help heal hearts. (read the story...)

Veterans Visit South Orange Middle School
In observance of Veteran's Day, schools throughout the nation participated in Take a Veteran to School program where students are linked to veterans who shed light on their experiences in service. (read the story...)

A Passion for Education
The 11th Annual Catholic School Administrators Association presents the 2011 Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education Award to St. Paul School's principal. (read the story...)

Music For The Kids
Candy Chiu and Thomas Bergeron, musicians and teachers who studied at Yale University, have opened The Greenwich Music Lessons, a teaching studio in their Greenwich basement offering piano, percussion, and trumpet instruction. (read the story...)

Sweet Outfits, Sweet Store
For parents who feel like cute clothing options for baby boys are limited, My Sweet Pea, which opened on November 21, is a welcome relief. (read the story...)


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