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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Herkimer BOCES child and family services students
conclude valuable toddler playgroup experience

April 25, 2016



Herkimer parent with her two daughters
Parent Jenna Macri, of Herkimer, poses for a photo with her daughters, Presley, 2, and Ava, 3, outside on April 20 during the finale of this year’s Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services program toddler playgroup. During the toddler playgroup on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, child and family services seniors work with local children to gain experience under the supervision of instructor Kim Fragetta.



Seniors in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services program recently spent their last day with the 2-year-olds in the toddler playgroup class they’ve held all school year on Tuesday and Thursday mornings under the supervision of instructor Kim Fragetta.

“It’s a bittersweet day for them because it’s the last day for the children, and it’s also a reminder that their last day here is coming up too,” Fragetta said. “Goodbyes are hard sometimes, and they get attached to the families. I think they also have a sense of pride today because of all the work they’ve done, the ideas they’ve had and the teamwork it takes to get the job done.”

The high-school seniors invited the 2-year-olds’ parents in for the last day of the toddler playgroup on Wednesday, April 20. Parents joined in on activities, snacks were shared as a group, children had a chance to play outside, Herkimer BOCES criminal justice students provided fingerprints for the children and the child and family services students gave a CD and a book to each child. The books were picked out specifically with each child’s interests in mind, Fragetta said.

Most of the 2-year-olds will be returning in the fall for the nursery school class, which is open to 3- and 4-year-olds and operated by junior students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Child and family services seniors including Meghan Papaleo, of Little Falls, said working with young children during the nursery school and toddler playgroup over the past two years helped them toward their career paths.

“It gave me a lot of hands-on experience,” said Papaleo, who wants to be an elementary school teacher. “I got to see what it’s like.”

Student Amber Zellwager, of Central Valley, wants to study psychology for children or become an elementary teacher, and she shared similar thoughts.

“You learn a lot from the class, that’s for sure,” she said. “It’s hands-on.”

As the toddler playgroup concluded for the year, Zellwager said she was able to gain valuable experience while working with the children.

“It’s sad,” she said of the last day. “It’s bittersweet.”

Student Kathleen Aney, of Little Falls, said she noticed the children were a little more willing to do things during the last day with their parents there and cried less.

“It was a great experience,” Aney said. “It’s fun to see them interact with their parents.”

Aney said she benefitted from taking the child and family services class, and she plans to continue in the field by working at a daycare center.

“You learn a lot,” she said, of the class.

Parent Carrie Collins, of Herkimer, who attended the last day of the toddler playgroup with her son Harvey, 2, said she appreciates that the class also helps the high-school students.

“I definitely think it’s a great experience for them,” she said.

The toddler playgroup is also good for Harvey because it allows him to start socializing with other children, Collins said.

“I love it,” she said. “He loves it. That’s the best part is that he loves it.”

Parent Jenna Macri, of Herkimer, attended with her daughters, Presley 2, who is in the toddler playgroup, and Ava, 3, who is in the nursery school.

“They always come home with cute little projects they did, and they always have fun,” Macri said. “They’re always glad they came.”

Macri said the toddler playgroup helps the child and family services students in addition to the toddlers.

“I think it’s really good for them because it gives them supervised experience,” Macri said, “and the children love all the attention they get.”

If anyone is interested in signing up for the toddler playgroup or nursery school for this fall, call Fragetta at 315-867-2033.



Parent Carrie Collins, of Herkimer, says her son, Harvey, 2, loves the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services program toddler playgroup. Pictured here, Harvey prepares to go down a slide on April 20 during the last day of this year’s toddler playgroup. Child and family services senior students work with local 2-year-olds in the toddler playgroup on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Junior students work with 3- and 4-year-olds in the nursery school on Thursday afternoons.


Additional photos from the last day of the toddler playgroup:

Children playing outside during the toddler playgroup


Children playing outside during the toddler playgroup

Student about to go down a slide

Child riding down a slide

Mother and her children

Children get fingerprints

Children get fingerprints from criminal justice students







 
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