New York School for the Deaf Students Making Sandwiches for Westchester’s Homeless

IMG95201409199513303495083 Students partnering with local nonprofit, One Sandwich at a Time, to feed hundreds in need.

White Plains, NY September 19, 2014– Students from New York School for the Deaf joined together with award winning nonprofit, One Sandwich at a Time, to make nearly 700 sandwiches to alleviate hunger in Westchester County.  By raising awareness in children, the charity hopes to increase the sensitivity in future generations and encourage them to help those in need.

NYSD students and staff members eagerly took on the task to make as many sandwiches as possible.  IMG95201409199513303695963The students really benefited from this experience and felt a sense of pride to be able to do something so meaningful for their community members.

The students and NYSD didn’t just stop at making sandwiches; they also donated many freshly grown watermelons grown right on campus in the Fanwood Garden.

Also, when all the sandwiches were made, they cleaned up, packed up the items to be donated, carried the many boxes to the One Sandwich At A Time cars and helped load them up.  The wanted to see the job through from start to finish.

Thank you to Whole Foods of White Plains for donating all of the supplies!

One Sandwich at a Time is a New York based 501(c)3 organization with a mission to alleviate hunger in New York.  Founded in 2011 with a simple mission of giving back to one’s local community by feeding those in need, the charity quickly received recognition from Godiva Chocolate, The United Nations, and NY1.  To date, the charity has fed over 30,000 individuals.

NYSD Teacher Receives Recognition

Rudy GardenCongratulations to Rudy Rodriguez! Recently, Rudy was chosen to participate in a professional development program at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit food and education center that is working to improve the way America eats and farms. This full day program will focus on incorporating gardening and cooking into curriculum using hands-on, inquiry based lessons.

Teacher nominations were accepted at Whole Foods Market’s “Nominate Your Teacher!” Campaign throughout the tri-state area. Participating stores received many qualified nominations; what a testament to Rudy’s skill-set!

Mr. Rodriguez is a devoted and beloved teacher here at New York School for the Deaf who has given tirelessly to his students and to our school over the years.

Beginning in the summer of 2012, the New York School for the Deaf entered into a dynamic partnership with the Westchester Food Bank as we joined their Food Growing Program. We designated a large plot of land on our campus to be transformed into a hugely productive organic vegetable garden, which ultimately has produced over 4,108 total pounds of produce resulting in 16,766 total servings of food that was distributed by the Food Bank to pantries serving needy families throughout Westchester County.

None of this could have been accomplished without the involvement and oversight of Mr. Rodriguez.  He worked closely with the master gardener and trainer from the Westchester Food Bank to make this dream a reality.  Mr. Rodriguez worked endlessly to prepare the land for planting, using his own personal tools and equipment and giving up many a weekend, holiday and school vacation to get the job done. He continues to maintain this arduous schedule without thought of remuneration or compensation.  His generosity, devotion and hard work are beyond words and beyond compare.

The Garden has become an outdoor classroom for our students as well.  Mr. Rodriquez has led many class activities for both elementary and secondary level students giving many of these students their first hands-on experience in a garden; a better understanding of healthy nutrition; and an appreciation of community service.  Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez has developed a work-based learning curriculum for our older vocational students using, the garden as a real-world work experience.  Mr. Rodriguez is incredibly resourceful and creative as well.  Given a donation of flowering bulbs, he worked with multiply disabled and deaf students to plant the bulbs so that the students could create flower arrangements each spring to be sold to staff members.  Similarly, he has helped these students develop a highly successful cafe’ frequented by staff.

The enthusiasm, energy, dedication and work ethic of this one man is outstanding.  He is a remarkable teacher and a role model to both students and staff.  I can think of no one more deserving or more appreciative of the opportunity to attend a professional development day at Stone Barns Center to learn how to incorporate food and agriculture into the classroom than, Mr. Rodriguez.

Sign On Performs at Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Congratulations to NSignOn Susan G. KomenYSD’s very own traveling performance group, Sign On! On Sunday, September 7th, Sign On performed the National Anthem at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race For The Cure.  The race was aired on CBS New York and attracted over 30,000 people who came out to show support for this important cause.

Thank you to Amy Newland for coordinating this event and to Roxann Richards for supporting!  We are so proud of our students.

Click here for pictures from the event.

About Sign On
Sign On is a visual performing arts group that incorporates ASL, deaf culture, and music.  Sign On performers are passionate about raising deaf awareness in the community through exciting, energetic performances.

This popular performing group merges dance and sign language for a show-stopping production.  In the past three years, Sign On has performed for national audiences, such as the hit televised show “Celebrity Apprentice. The group is available to perform locally at school events, school workshops, craft fairs, walkathons, marathons, festivals, etc.  For more information on how to bring this fun group to your school or event, please visit www.SignOn.me or email SignOn@nysd.net