NEW YORK: 2015 Highlights

THE YEAR 2015 BROUGHT LOTS OF SMILING FACES TO MANY CHILDREN IN HAWAII AND NEW YORK WHO WENT HOME WITH THEIR VERY OWN NEW BOOK!!! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR BELIEVING IN OUR MISSION AND FOR BEING PART OF OUR OHANA100 TEAM!!!

 

DECEMBER 2015

Happy Holidays From our Family to Yours!!

Giving Big To Buffalo Schools & Southtown YMCA Programs

This time of the year Ohana100 shared the joy of giving to several programs in WNY.  On Monday, December 7th at Tapestry Charter School was awarded books for Grades K thru 4th.  The kids were very appreciated and excited about having their book!  As you can see, some kindergarteners from Ms. Lanighan were very eager to get into their book.  A special "Thank You" to Ms. Jessica for making this event possible and for spreading the joy of reading.  GO! READ Tapestry

This time of the year Ohana100 shared the joy of giving to several programs in WNY.  On Monday, December 7th at Tapestry Charter School was awarded books for Grades K thru 4th.  The kids were very appreciated and excited about having their book!  As you can see, some kindergarteners from Ms. Lanighan were very eager to get into their book.  A special "Thank You" to Ms. Jessica for making this event possible and for spreading the joy of reading.  GO! READ Tapestry

Oooohhhhhhh.... excitement was in the air as kids entered the room and saw so many books!!!  The best thing of all, was that each child got to hold their very own book. On Tuesday, December 8th we visited PS99 Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center where the entire Pre K & K students received a free book!!!  This was a very special day for those who got a book for the very first time.  GO! READ PS99 Makowski

Oooohhhhhhh.... excitement was in the air as kids entered the room and saw so many books!!!  The best thing of all, was that each child got to hold their very own book. On Tuesday, December 8th we visited PS99 Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center where the entire Pre K & K students received a free book!!!  This was a very special day for those who got a book for the very first time.  GO! READ PS99 Makowski

"Ohana" sounded very familiar to kids at Enterprise Charter School.  Most have heard it from the show Lilo & Stitch..."Ohana means family and family means, nobody gets left behind."  On Wednesday, December 9th the entire Grades K thru 2nd received a book. Thanks to Mr. Starr for your support. GO! READ Enterprise

"Ohana" sounded very familiar to kids at Enterprise Charter School.  Most have heard it from the show Lilo & Stitch..."Ohana means family and family means, nobody gets left behind."  On Wednesday, December 9th the entire Grades K thru 2nd received a book. Thanks to Mr. Starr for your support. GO! READ Enterprise

KDWT Ambassador traveled south (2 hours) to Olean for the final distribution of the week.  The YMCA of the Twin Tiers kids will benefit from the 1,480 gently used books and 223 new books for the preschoolers.  Thank you to GS Troop 3128 for working hard to collected books in your community to benefit Olean Kids and Thank you to KDWT for raising funds for new books.  Keep up the great work! YOU ROCK! The YMCA services Olean Schools (East View EL, Washington West EL, Allegany-Limestone EL) in Cattaraugus and Wellsville Central Schools in Allegany counties. GO! READ Twin Tier YMCA

KDWT Ambassador traveled south (2 hours) to Olean for the final distribution of the week.  The YMCA of the Twin Tiers kids will benefit from the 1,480 gently used books and 223 new books for the preschoolers.  Thank you to GS Troop 3128 for working hard to collected books in your community to benefit Olean Kids and Thank you to KDWT for raising funds for new books.  Keep up the great work! YOU ROCK!

The YMCA services Olean Schools (East View EL, Washington West EL, Allegany-Limestone EL) in Cattaraugus and Wellsville Central Schools in Allegany counties. GO! READ Twin Tier YMCA


2015 Joyful Giving 

This was the holiday season of giving. In early Fall KDWT Ambassadors started a recycling campaign by delivering flyers in the community. They collected newspapers and old rags for the Erie County SPCA, as well gently used books that will help to build libraries and benefit those in need.  KDWT delivered all recyclable goods to the SPCA on December 6th.  

This was the holiday season of giving. In early Fall KDWT Ambassadors started a recycling campaign by delivering flyers in the community. They collected newspapers and old rags for the Erie County SPCA, as well gently used books that will help to build libraries and benefit those in need.  KDWT delivered all recyclable goods to the SPCA on December 6th.  

KDWT Ambassadors collected over 500 gently used books to help build libraries throughout WNY.  It's also KDWT's second year adopting a family through the Clarence Food Pantry.  Thanks to Jim Owens for helping us bring the Joy of the Holiday Season to families in need.  And finally, KDWT celebrated the year making ornaments, decorating cookies, watching a holiday movie and enjoyed each others company!  Thanks to all our family, friends and neighbors who helped to support our efforts in the community this year!!! 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

FRIENDS PROMOTING LITERACY IN WNY

GS Troop 3128 Nativity of Our Lord School in Orchard Park New York donated 1,631 gently used to Ohana100 GO! READ project.  These books will help to build libraries and support programs that are in need of books for their children in communities across WNY.  Keep up the great work and GO! READ GS Troop 3128

GS Troop 3128 Nativity of Our Lord School in Orchard Park New York donated 1,631 gently used to Ohana100 GO! READ project.  These books will help to build libraries and support programs that are in need of books for their children in communities across WNY.  Keep up the great work and GO! READ GS Troop 3128

Monkey See Monkey Do hosted the 1st WNY Children's Book Expo in WNY, spearheaded by Kim Krug & Kathleen Skoog, and supported by their MSMD "Amazing" Staff".  The event featured over 30 children authors and wonderful activities for all to enjoy. Ohana100 donated 1,100 books to help promote literacy and kids who attended this event were able to receive a free book.  Thank you MSMD for hosting an amazing event!!!! We look forward to next year!!!!  GO! READ MSMD

Monkey See Monkey Do hosted the 1st WNY Children's Book Expo in WNY, spearheaded by Kim Krug & Kathleen Skoog, and supported by their MSMD "Amazing" Staff".  The event featured over 30 children authors and wonderful activities for all to enjoy. Ohana100 donated 1,100 books to help promote literacy and kids who attended this event were able to receive a free book.  Thank you MSMD for hosting an amazing event!!!! We look forward to next year!!!!  GO! READ MSMD

On Wednesday, November 11th KDWT Ambassadors attended a Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary 838 of Clarence (established in 10/1947).  The event was held at the Clarence Town House.  We were greeted by our dear friend and WWII Combat Veteran Mr. Harold Enstice and wife Rosemary.  It was a special day honoring Veterans and remembering Clarence residents who lost their lives as well those who are missing.  To honor and pay tribute to our Veterans, KDWT made special cupcakes and cards for all veterans.  

    

Treats for Kindergarteners @ Maryvale EL

After r  On November 5th, Kindergarteners at Maryvale Primary School were treated with wonderful stories read by volunteers from the Clarence Senior Center.  There were five reading areas in the gymnasium .  After reading time, all 161 kindergartners lined up to get a book.  Thank you to our special volunteers for helping out this day! GO! READ Maryvale  

 

OCTOBER 2015

Eastern Hills Sunrise Rotary Supports Ohana100

On Saturday, October 3rd runners participated in the 7th Annual Flight 3407 Memorial Race in Clarence, New York that paid tribute to the victims who lost their lives on February 12, 2009.  A portion of the proceeds went to the Eastern hills Sunrise Rotary Foundation who in turn awarded Ohana100 with the generous donation to continue work in promotingliteracy throughout Western New York.  VISIT:   http://flight3407race.com

On behalf of Ohana100, we would like to thank the Eastern Hills Sunrise Rotary Foundation for their generous support of our mission over the years. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015   

Scarecrows, Pumpkins & Free Books

On Saturday, September 26th Ohana100 volunteers from the Senior Center and KDWT promoted literacy at the Clarence Hollow Scarecrow Festival in Clarence, NY.   Kids who presented their summer reading log or participated in the pumpkin decorating contest received a free book. Kids who presented their summer reading log or participated in the pumpkin decorating contest received a free book.  Thank you to all who participated!  GO! READ

  

Akron Pre Schoolers Gets Free Books

On Tuesday, September 22nd preschoolers at the Holly Cross Head Start Program in Akron, NY received books of their very own.  This child wasted no time getting into his new book.

 

JULY 2015   

KDWT ambassadors read books to kids as part of giving stories to kids at the children's hospital.  A DVD was presented to the Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo for the kids who are not able to connect with the general public. 

 

JUNE 2015

SUPPORTING PROGRAMS WE CARE ABOUT

As part of the Ohana100 GO! READ project, KDWT Ambassadors distributed over 1,400 books to programs in WNY servicing children in need during the month of June 2015.  Recipients of the Spring BOOK GIVING were

Family Help Center, Family Justice Center, Mrs. Strauss Class @ Harris Hill Elementary,  New York State School For The Blind, Niagara County Head Start Program* (*North Tonawanda, Donovan, DiFrancesco, Newfane & Lockport Centers), Orchard Park Recreation Center, Orleans Outreach Program, Vive La Casa- Jericho Road,  Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  KDWT members were fortunate to designate six organizations that do meaningful things to help support children in our community.  Great Job KDWT Ambassadors!  

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Books Helped To Build A Library

KDWT AMbassadors donated new and gently used books to help start the VIVE LA CASA's Library. VIVE LA CASA is a refugee center in Buffalo, NY.

 

HONORING OUR VOLUNTEERS

Ohana100 honors KDWT AMBASSADORS for their service in the Western New York communities. Since 2013, KDWT has completed over 36 service projects, completed over 360 cumulative service hours, donated over 1,200 gently used books, distributed over 1,200 new books, donated shoes and socks abroad, provided support and companionship to Senior Citizens, jump-started a refugee center library, honored active military and veterans & SO MUCH MORE!!!  We are so proud of you!  AMAZING WORK KDWT Ambassadors!!!!!!! Continue to Make A Difference in the communities you serve!!!  

KDWT shares the joy of giving by supporting community organizations with gifts, celebrating national holidays and special events  like Flag Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day.

KDWT Ambassadors celebrated Flag Day and also adopted an active duty unit who is currently deployed overseas.  KDWT had a candy exchange during National Candy Month in June, where members shared their favorite candy and they also collected candies and shipped them to Unit 61239.  In June, KDWT ambassadors celebrated Father’s Day by preparing cards and special notes. They also made special key chains for dad!

 

MAY 2015

In May, KDWT ambassadors celebrated mothers and wanted to wish them all well on this special day!

 

APRIL 2015

In April 2015,  KDWT donated a basket to the Clarence Senior Center for their 7th Annual Basket Raffle to benefit Meals On Wheels.

 

MARCH 2015   

SENIORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN A VERY BIG WAY

NATIONAL READING MONTH: To celebrate National Reading Month and to promote literacy, the Clarence Senior Center  partnered with Ohana100 for the GO! READ project. Seniors were “BOOKWORM BUDDIES” to 241 kids at Buffalo United Charter School in Buffalo, NY. Thursday, March 19, 2015

 Thank you Seniors for MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!

 

FEBRUARY 2015   

CELEBRATING VALENTINE'S DAY AND CHINESE NEW YEAR

KDWT Celebrates Valentines Day by visiting seniors during the month of February.

KDWT members visited 20 seniors at the Amherst Senior Center to celebrate Valentine's Day in 2015. They sang along with the Karaoke, played their musical instruments and distributed special personalized Valentine cards and cupcakes. It was a very special moment for one particular senior who expressed a lot of emotion and wanted a hug from the members. Thank you to Ms. Karen, Mr. Matt and the center staff for allowing us this opportunity to spend time with your seniors

KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!!!!  KDWT Ambassadors celebrated Chines New Year with 30 seniors at the Heathwood Assisted Living Center.  They played Chinese Bingo, sang along with seniors and played their musical instruments.  The seniors also had the opportunity to pop their own faux firecracker.  The kids shared their valentine cards and cupcakes to. It was a very special day for everyone!

 

JANUARY 2015   

Reading To Children on MLK Day

KDWT Ambassador Catherine spent her MLK Holiday reading to 21 children at the YMCA Twin Tiers Early Head Start Program in Olean, NY Monday, January 19, 2015- MLK DAY.

KDWT Ambassador Catherine spent her MLK Holiday reading to 21 children at the YMCA Twin Tiers Early Head Start Program in Olean, NY Monday, January 19, 2015- MLK DAY.