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February 23, 2013

Family Fare: Feb. 23, 2013

Series of babysitting classes offered

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Social Center, 7626 Route 9, is offering a series of three babysitting classes to students ages 12 through 18.

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad will conduct training in CPR on Friday, March 15, and first aid on Thursday, March 21. The ACAP Child Care Program will offer a child-care basics class on Wednesday, May 15. Students who complete all three classes will receive a certificate of completion and an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid card.

A pizza lunch is provided at each class. The cost for the entire series is $25. Single classes are $10 each. Social Center teen members pay only $15 for the series if registered by Friday, March 8.

Contact the Social Center for more information at 873-6408 or info@elizabethtownsocialcenter.org.

Shine On! program wins $10,000 grant in national contest

PLATTSBURGH — Shine On!, a SUNY Plattsburgh program designed to equip elementary-school girls with resiliency, received a $10,000 grant from the national Aveeno Be an Active Natural challenge.

The competition recognizes its contestants and “how they create beautiful change in the world around them,” according to a press release. It was held through the company’s Facebook page where the public was allowed to vote for the most worthy recipient. Shine On! was one of just two finalists for the November challenge, narrowed down from hundreds of entries.

The preventive program, which will run from Saturday, April 27, to Sunday, April 28, strives to empower elementary-school girls to be strong and confident, thereby reducing the self-destructive behaviors girls often succumb to during their teenage years.

The student-run Shine On! committee plans to use the additional funds to expand upon training for parents and educators throughout the coming year via speakers and webinars open to the public.

Colleen Lemza, assistant professor of public relations, founded the program after working as an emergency-room crisis counselor where she saw an abundance of young women and teen girls battling mental-health disorders as a result of low self esteem.

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