PROGRAMS AND FUNDING PRIORITIES
Research shows that students who are supported with programs and resources attend school more often, perform better in class, and stay on track to graduate. They also report increased confidence, a strong connection to their school community and trusted relationships with supportive adults.
Student Success and Wellness Fund
Helps Rockland BOCES
deliver new and innovative programs and resources to ensure that
each student, regardless of age or socioeconomic status, is challenged,
prepared, and empowered by way of excellent educational opportunities.
Under the Student Success and Wellness Fund, Rockland BOCES teachers and administrators have the opportunity to identify key programs and initiatives to help their students be more successful.
Additionally, Student Success and Wellness Funds are used as needed
to support students and their families in emergency circumstances.
Food Pantry and BackPack Program
In partnership with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, this program helps to alleviate childhood hunger by providing healthy and nutritious food staples and meals to children with disabilities and their families. A true labor of love founded by Joan Raynor, is a one of a kind operation in Rockland County. Additionally, the BackPack Program has a dual mission – to
provide a work-learning project for Rockland BOCES students where
they learn important life skills while giving back to the community – and
to provide nutritious meals that are distributed to over 150 families
each week throughout Rockland County.
Hilltop Afterschool Program (HAP) Provides expanded learning
through enriching activities that support academic, social, emotional,
artistic, and physical growth. HAP links afterschool youth development
activities with each student’s individualized education plan and promotes inclusion through a welcoming and supportive environment for students.
A low student-to-staff ratio fosters authentic relationship building and
consistent case management and engagement of community-based
providers such as the Mental Health Association of Rockland County,
the Family Resource Center, and others ensure a connection to a wide
range of resources.
Unlocking Futures Mentoring Program/ Each One Reach One, is a program intended to decrease at-risk behavior through prevention and intervention services for youth with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. This program provides the opportunity for students to participate in a highly structured mentoring program that is designed to foster self-esteem, perseverance, and self-efficacy, and to help youth build a positive attitude about their futures.