WNY CHildren's Book EXPO was on Saturday, November 11 at the Buffalo Convention Center. The event featured over 40 authors from across the country and internationally. Ohana100 volunteers helped to distribute over 600 books to every child that attended the event. They were also able to meet the authors up close. Thank you to MSMD for this wonderful partnership and allowing Ohana100 to be part of this literacy event for the past 3 years. Thank you to all our volunteers for carving out time to spread the joy of reading on this day!
Ohana100 participates in the Annual Apple Festival hosted by Clarence United Methodist Church. This is one way we can spread the word about what we are doing for children in the WNY communities.
Volunteers Sandy, Brigitte, Rita, Marie, Catherine and Madison stopped by to help.
Wrapping up the school year Ohana100 volunteers read to many programs throughout WNY during the months of May and June.
There's so much excitement reading with children at FHC. For volunteers like Ms. Sandy and Ms. Marie, its wonderful to see the children every month and really seeing them grow. They are curious, they want to share their thoughts and they have so many questions!
First graders at Clinton Elementary had a great time hearing stories from Ms. Marie, Mr. David, Mr. Sam, Ms. Barbara and Ms. Pat.
Students at Newfane elementary School who excelled or those who showed improvement in reading and writing were recognized by their teachers and Ohana100. Each student received a GO! READ Challenge Certificate, two new books and a book mark. Congratulations to all student. Keep up the great work! GO! READ Newfane EL
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!! Many kids at Newfane Early Childhood Center were dressed to celebrate Dr. Seuss Bday and volunteers also read some wonderful Dr. Seuss stories. GO! READ NECC.
On Monday Feb. 20th volunteers visited with families of the Priscilla Project. Volunteers shared stories with the mothers, read stories and played some activities with the children. It was certainly a wonderful time to bond with the mothers and children.
On Tuesday, February 7 Ohana100 volunteers read to 1st graders at Newfane Elementary. Volunteers teamed up and read a couple stories to each class. Students were wonderful listeners and they appreciated stories. Hopefully they'll get to meet up with the same volunteers at the next month. GO! READ Newfane EL
GO! READ Ambassador Ms. Malia kicked off the New Year reading to Nepali families from The Priscilla Project of Buffalo (PPB)on Monday, January 23 . The project services low-income and pregnant refugee women. GO! READ PPB
It was Pajama Day for kids at ABCD Newfane on Thursday, December 22nd. It was a surprise having Ohana100 volunteers read with the kids and gift each child with two books to take home! It was very exciting to see the expressions on their faces. Happy Holidays! GO! READ ABCD Newfane
It was a beautiful site at West Buffalo Charter School on Wednesday, December 21st, when every student (350) received a book to take home for the holiday. Our senior volunteer shared a holiday story with all students in grades K and 1. Happy Holidays! GO! READ WBC
On Tuesday, December 20th volunteers shared Holiday stories with kids at the Family Help Center in Buffalo. They also showered each child with a special holiday gift to take home. GO! READ FHC Kids
On Tuesday, December 13th Ohana100 volunteers traveled to Newfane Elementary in Niagara County to read with and deliver 187 books to grades K and 1. The kids enjoyed this holiday visit especially their gift of aloha! GO! READ Newfane EL
The holiday giving continued to Newfane Early Childhood Education Center in Burt, NY where volunteers read and delivered 88 gifts. GO! READ NECEC Kids
On Monday, December 12th Ohana100 volunteers drove an hour out to Orleans County to read with and delivered the joy of holidays to kids at Agri-Business Child Development in Holley. The kids were very excited to receive special books to take home for Christmas. GO! READ Holley Kids
ON Thursday, December 8 volunteers visited Miss Michelle Class at Green Acres. The children were anxious to hear from the readers. They enjoyed each story read and were able to receive a special holiday gift from Ohana100. GO! READ Green Acre Kids
On Tuesday, December 8th KDWT Ambassador Catherine traveled to Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station in Wheatfield, New York and delivered 100 new books to benefit children of the Friends of Family Support Association- supporting military families of those who serve. The books will be part of their stocking gifts for the holidays. GO! READ
On Thursday, December 8th volunteers traveled one hour southeast in rough winter weather to read with kids at the Warsaw Head Start program. They also delivered 370 books for the entire Cattaraugus & Wyoming Counties Head Start program- servicing five centers in the WNY region. In preparation for the event, the books were stamped, tied with a ribbon and loaded in the car. Great job volunteers and GO! READ CATWY HS Kids
On December 3rd, Trading Post Community Care Center in Springville New York received 100 gifts for their kids, as part of their Annual Holiday Giving Tree event. The Trading Post services the entire Springville community, providing clothing, food and supplies for all families in need, and so much more. The center is always busy. KDWT Ambassador Catherine helped to wrap gifts for all the kids. Thanks to Debbie and staff for your commitment to service and doing all that you do for the Springville community! Happy Holidays!!!
KDWT WNY Team celebrated Family Volunteer Day for Ohana100's GO! READ Project. Volunteers helped to prepare gifts to benefit over 1500 kids from 15 community programs in need throughout the Western New York Region. Volunteers stamped and tied ribbons on each brand new book.
KDWT for the 3rd year, adopted 2 families in need of support each year during the holidays. Jim from the Clarence Food Pantry was present this day to pick up the gifts for each family.
To all Ohana100 volunteers, "A Big Mahalo for your help and support this year!
Ohana100 participated in the WNY Children's Book EXPO on Sunday, November 6th. For the second year, Ohana100 donated books for this event to promote the importance of literacy for children. Kids from all over the region, Pennsylvania and even Canada attended this event.
GO! READ Ambassadors Catherine and Sally met Doreen Cronin who authored "CLICK CLACK MOO", a book that they read often to children.
Founder Monkey See Monkey Do held their annual event at the Kleihans Music Hall that featured 36 authors. It was an amazing event! Congrats to Kim, Kathy & Staff for doing such an amazing job! GO! READ MSMD
KDWT Ambassador helped to stamp books and make book marks for this event. Thank you for all your effort! Keep the great work!
"MAHALO" to the kids from the Clarence Youth Bureau for being part of our Ohana100 Team this day. They worked very hard to make sure that each child left with a book of their own. GO! READ CYB
On Tuesday, November 1st, volunteers drove nearly an hour to spend time with the kids at Agri-Business Child Development in Holley. The kids were very excited about the stories read by each volunteer. Great job to our Ohana100 Team! GO! READ ABCD Holley