NYSD Competes At National Level

TrackGreetings from the Fanwood Track & Field Team!  On April 12th, four NYSD Track & Field athletes (Agron D., Martin T., Owen B., and Jackary L.,) traveled to Kentucky School for the Deaf to participate in the 7th Annual Berg/Seeger Track & Field Classic for the second year in a row.

The purpose of this classic is to promote interest in Track & Field among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing High School athletes. This event is governed and sponsored by USA Deaf Track & Field (USADTF).  This classic was a great opportunity for our athletes, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills.  Additionally, their participation give them the potential to become members of USA Deaf Track & Field team and compete at international level events, such as the World Deaf Track & Field Championships and the Summer Deaflympics.

Our boys experienced challenging competitions against more than 200 athletes from 16 different state schools for the deaf in the nation. They had a great time!

Overall in different events, our boys were placed in 4th, 5th, and 9th.  Martin T. was very close to earning bronze for the Boys 800-meter run.  Our athletes did not win a medal this year but worked hard nonetheless.  The results can be found HERE.

Coaches, Regina Russo and Mike Kennedy, are very proud of these student-athletes; as they were exemplary representatives of Fanwood at the national level.  The athletes were thrilled for the opportunity to represent New York School for the Deaf. Big Waves to Agron, Martin, Owen, and Jackary!  – Coaches Regina Russo and Mike Kennedy

Fanwood Celebrates Earth Day

Earth DayLast Tuesday, NYSD elementary and kindergarten students celebrated Earth Day!  Teachers took advantage of the beautiful spring weather and set up the event outside, near the Fanwood Garden.

Students rotated through multiple stations where they were able to taste and learn about the following fruits and vegetables:
Green Vegetables (broccoli and spinach)
Root Vegetables (sweet potatoes, radishes, carrots and onions)
Melons (cantaloupes and watermelons)
Fruits: (strawberries, avocados, tomatoes and pineapples)

Students also had the opportunity to work alongside some of the older students who regularly work in the Fanwood Food Bank Garden. Teacher, Rudy Rodriguez and his team demonstrated how to fill plant trays with dirt, plant seeds and water the plant. To further emphasize the learning experience, students brought the plant trays back to their classrooms so that they could continue to care for the plants until they are ready to be transferred back into the garden.

Click HERE for more Earth Day pictures.

Fanwood’s Garden In The News!

New York School for the Deaf receives grant from Whole Kids Foundation® for school garden2011-03-29 blue-grey-logo
Foundation helps schools expand classroom education into the garden for students   

whole-kids-foundation White Plains, NY.  April 1, 2014 – New York School for the Deaf, nicknamed Fanwood, has received a grant to expand its school garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening.

The Foundation has extended $4 million in grant funds to over 2,100 schools and garden-related nonprofits throughout the country, which will support a broad range of projects including raised bed garden construction, vertical gardens and larger-scale expansions in schools, outdoor classroom projects, composting and rainwater collection.
GardenThe Fanwood Food Bank Garden is a cooperative effort between New York School for the Deaf and the Food Bank for Westchester.  “This garden provides an opportunity for our students to utilize their life skills, work on vocational training and give back to the community. In addition it provides students in health and science classes the opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning different aspects of how the garden works” says Executive Director, Dr. Janet Dickinson. “We are so appreciative of Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Foods.”

With the assistance and guidance of the Food Bank’s Food Growing Program Coordinator, Doug DeCandia, NYSD is growing organic vegetables and herbs on campus.  Once the vegetables and herbs are harvested, The Food Bank for Westchester distributes the produce to hunger relief programs throughout the county. Last year, the Fanwood Garden contributed 4,108 pounds of produce to the Food Bank.

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the School Garden Grant Program,” says Nona Evans, executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It is so inspiring to see the diversity and creativity in the types of gardens that will be planted across the country and the interaction between the students and their communities.”

In addition to funding, each grant recipient received a package of garden starter items, including seeds from High Mowing Organics, and a School Garden Resource Guide with a wealth of information on resources and how to build and sustain gardens to ensure long-term success.

For more information on how to apply for a school garden grant and learn about additional Whole Kids Foundation programs, visit: wholekidsfoundation.org. For more information about New York School for the Deaf please visit nysd.net
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Join us for our next FAMILY FUN DAY!

All families are encouraged to attend the fun and FREE event.  We will provide transportation. There will be a shuttle bus pick up at the Woodlawn Station at 10:45 am and the drop off time will be 2:00pm.

The theme for this event will be centered around Earth Day! Our very own teacher and garden extraordinaire, Rudy Rodriguez, will be leading a garden activity at 11:15…so bring your old clothes to wear. Additionally, we will have games and crafts set up in the gym for those who choose to stay indoors (and in the case of rain).

As always, please feel welcome to bring enough food and or snacks for you and your family and we will all share.  Remember…in the spirit of Earth Day, why not bring something healthy? NYSD will provide a healthy salad to snack on, as well.  With questions feel free to contact:
Allison Gorey
V (914) 949-7310 x8216
VP (914) 259-8001