Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

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Honesdale High School Interact 2014

Is that the word “poop” in the headline? Yes! It’s moose poop, small dry oval nuggets that Honesdale High School’s Interact Club sells to raise money to fight polio worldwide. The club, part of Rotary International,will hold it’s 2nd Annual Moose Poop Palooza this summer.

Poop Palooza is literally a freeze dried poop launch, a game, to help Interact students make a difference in the world. Here’s how Poop Palooza works:  Moose poops will be numbered. Buy a moose poop ticket for $5 or six for $25. On the launch date, the poop will be dropped from a ladder truck by a local fireman. The 15 poops closest to a special target will win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or one of 12 additional donated gift baskets.  

The Moose Poop Palooza benefits the club’s Purple Pinky Project, a globally recognized fundraiser that aids the Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate this deadly disease. Rotary, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since it first began vaccinating children in the Philippines in 1979. When they’re vaccinated, children in many third world countries have their pinkies dyed pink to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

Moose Poop Palooza will also help raise monies for Interact’s Kids’ Care Program, where high school students team up with elementary school children at Lakeside and Stourbridge Schools.

“Our fundraisers may sound ridiculous, but they help draw attention to needs both locally and globally.” says Hunter Stephens, Interact President, “to think that by selling one piece of moose poop, 4 children can get a vaccine in Pakistan or Afghanistan, that’s powerful and we are proud to be part of it.”

Students will  announce the Moose Poop Palooza date soon and you’ll be able to buy your own piece of moose poop online or from the students.

Family Fun with Farrell Event

Family Fun with Farrell Event

Family Fun with Farrell

 

 

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Family Fun with Farrell is a “don’t miss” afternoon on Saturday January 23rd from 2-4pm held at the Vineyard Center; 761 Terrace Street in Honesdale.

Bounce houses, games and a dessert bar will excite kids of all ages and a musical concert with the antics of John Farrell will be a sure entertainment hit!!

The Honesdale High School Interact Club will be hosting this fundraiser which will benefit local as well as global service projects, specifically the Wayne Highlands Elementary KidsCare program and Polio Plus.

Tickets are $8.00 online OR $10 at the door for the first child and additional family member’s tickets are only $6.  Donations and sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 or Karen Houshultz at 570-470-3117.  Activity time is set for 2pm with Farrell’s concert starting at 3pm… bring the entire family; you won’t be disappointed.

 







 

For more information about Honesdale High School Interact contact Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 or email bfulp@himalayaninstitute.org

Honesdale High School Cheerleaders Dance Into Action

Honesdale High School Cheerleaders Dance Into Action

Honesdale High School Cheerleaders

erleaders danced into action during the 10th Annual Roots & Rhythm Music Festival June 20, 2015. In between the 2nd & 3rd acts, music burst from the stage and nearly 50 students converged on the fountain area of central park dancing to Uptown Funk.

“I had no idea what was happening- but suddenly hundreds of people were gathered around them,” said a couple from Brooklyn visiting the festival, “and the crowd was dancing too! It was really cool.”

Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival added many extras to the festival this year, like stilt walkers, the Party Bike, Combined Forces Laser Tag, Tunes & Tales and more- continuing with its “Fun Family Event’ theme.

Balls Away 2015 Fundraiser a Success!

Balls Away 2015 Fundraiser a Success!

The Friends of Science Olympiad-Middle School held the 2nd Annual Balls Away- Race for Science fundraiser. One-thousand rubber balls were numbered and released down 14th street from Hillside to West on the 10th annual Roots & Rhythm Day this past weekend.

Congratulations to 1st place winner of $500 was Pioneer, 2nd place to Bresset & Santora Law Office and 3rd went to Jessie Murray. The proceeds will provide the Science Olympiad team with the necessary equipment to be more competitive at the state level.

The Wayne Highlands Middle School Science Olympiad team has placed in the top six at the regional competition for the past four years.This qualified them to go to the state competition held at Juniata College. The team participates in an Invitational held in Rustin, Pa in January to help prepare for the regional competition.The Invitational and the State competition require overnight accommodations which can be very costly.

In order to continue their success, the team needs materials such as robotics equipment, building supplies, field guides, and scientific equipment.

“It puts us on a level playing field,” said Arjun Fulp, Science Olympiad Participant from the Middle School. “In this past competition, our helicopter we built had broken and we didn’t have anything to fall back on. The other schools were able to afford multiple helicopter kits which gave them a better advantage.- this fundraiser is going to help us a lot!  We had been borrowing a kit that we had to return the pieces and start all over again every year, which was counterproductive.”

“Since we purchased our own kits, we have been able to put a single robot together and improve on it without having to take it apart for other classes to use. We were able to show other schools that we aren’t to be taken lightly!” said Andrew Latourette, 8th grade Science Olympiad participant.

With the new kits they earned a 2nd place in RoboCross at the regional competition.

First and second place teams at the state competition are able to attend the National competition.

Additional thanks goes to the Borough of Honesdale, Mayor Jack Bishop, Former Mayor Mike O’Day, Coaches Chris Roos and Kelly O’Neill, the Himalayan Institute and Friends of Science Olympiad for their support of this fundraiser. Balls Away!

Volunteers Needed for Roots & Rhythm!

Volunteers Needed for Roots & Rhythm!

Volunteers Needed for Roots & Rhythm 2015
Join us for a day of fun and excitement. Be in the heart of the action- June 20, 2015

(Honesdale, June 9, 2015)… Calling all volunteers!  Join the crew at Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival this June 20thand play a part in making this free, non-profit, family friendly festival a success.  Brian Fulp, Festival chair, is looking for volunteers willing to offer any part of the day from 9am until 11pm.

Volunteer opportunities exist to help set up Central Park (remove signs, clean up, etc), sell Roots gear (t-shirts, hats, etc.), collect donations, tear down and work with the Sustainability Team.

“Our Sustainability Team is a source of great pride for us,” says Fulp, “We are working on being a zero waste festival, and we have already received numerous awards for ‘green activity.’ We ask our food vendors to use compostable materials and we sort trash according to strict recycling rules.

“Volunteers on this team don’t actually handle trash themselves,” Fulp adds, “They just help guide festival-goers to use the right bins for compost, recycling and trash.”

To volunteer, contact Fulp at bfulp@himalayaninstitute.org or by phone 570-309-7860.

Wayne County Commissioners Congratulate Roots & Rhythm on 10th Anniversary

Wayne County Commissioners Congratulate Roots & Rhythm on 10th Anniversary

Wayne County Commissioners

(Honesdale, May 1, 2015)…Calling Honesdale Roots & Rhythm  a “gift to the community” and an “outstanding event,” the Wayne County Commissioners issued a Certificate of Recognition to the festival’s organizers on the occasion of the event’s 10th anniversary coming up on June 20th.
            “How many times have you been told over the years ‘this could never be done’?, Commissioner Jonathan Fritz asked Roots & Rhythm board members, several of whom have been with the event since day one back in 2006.  Gail Tucker, executive director of The Greater Honesdale Partnership and one of the festival’s co-founders, said a lot of people really didn’t think they were serious about launching a festival that brought high-quality music and arts to Honesdale for free.
            “But we did it,” said Brian Fulp, chair of this year’s Festival and also one of the original organizers. “And it’s really grown, thanks in large part to sponsors such as yourselves, our volunteers and the community. When we started in 2006, about 2,000 people turned out. Last year, we had close to 6,000 people who came out to hear the music.”
            Each of the commissioners seemed to have a memory of one or more of the festival’s concerts.
            “My father didn’t attend a lot of concerts, but when I took him to see L’il Ed and the Blues Imperials at Roots & Rhythm in 2011, his eyes just lit up,” said Commissioner Fritz. “It was truly something to see. He was very appreciative.”
            “Music can bring so many people together. It’s really common ground,” added Commissioner Brian Smith, who is a musician himself. “No matter what your differences, you can all sit and hear the music together.”
            “I am not a musician,” chimed in Commissioner Wendell Kay, “but this festival does bring quality music and art to Honesdale and it’s a great benefit to our rural community.”
            Over the years, Roots & Rhythm has become an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organization and won awards for its “green efforts” to recycle.
            The headliner for this year’s event is the Grammy Award winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters. They’ll be preceded on the main stage in Honesdale’s Central Park by The Alexis P. Suter Band, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, and Chrissi Poland. Prior to the main stage kickoff around 1:30pm, local bands will play along Main Street starting at 10:30am  The family-friendly event also includes laser tag, “Tunes & Tales” storytelling with hands-on demonstrations of “living history,” and Honesdale Rotary’s Beer & Wine Garden.
            Commissioner Smith was so enthusiastic about this year’s headliners that the Roots & Rhythm Board voted unanimously to have Smith introduce The Kentucky Headhunters on stage.
            “I am honored,” Smith said. “Can’t wait!”
            The commissioners issued the certificate at their regular weekly meeting on April 30th. For more information about the festival, including opportunities to volunteer, visithonesdalerootsandrhythm.com.
Photo seated left to right: Roots & Rhythm (R&R)  10th Anniversary Chair Brian Fulp;  R&R committee member Sandy DeGroat; R&R board members Lisa Champeau, Gail Tucker, Randy Kohrs; R& R committee member Cheryl  Badner.  Standing: Bill Bellhorn, R& R board; Commissioner Brian Smith; R& R board members Meica Drake and Deb Bailey; Commissioner Jonathan Fritz; R& R committee member David Good; Commissioner Wendell Kay.
Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Moose Poop Palooza Fundraiser for Honesdale High School Interact Club
Moose Poop Palooza Fundraiser for Honesdale High School Interact Club

(Honesdale, April 15, 2015)…Is that the word “poop” in the headline? Yes! It’s moose poop, small freeze dried oval nuggets that Honesdale High School’s Interact Club is selling to raise money to fight polio worldwide. The club, part of Rotary International, is launching its 1st Annual Moose Poop Palooza on May 9th  during National Train Day events in Honesdale.

           Poop Palooza is literally a poop launch game to help Interact students make a difference in the world and here in Honesdale. The freeze dried moose poop, collected in Canada, is used for jewelry, souvenirs, festivals and fun. Here’s how Poop Palooza works:  Moose poops will be numbered 1-1000. Pick a number and buy a moose poop chance for $5 or six for $25. On May 9th, the poop will be dropped from the RE/MAX Wayne Hot Air Balloon downtown Honesdale onto a target below. The 15 poop pieces closest to a target on the ground will win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or one of 12 additional donated gift baskets worth $20 each or more  from local businesses.

        You can buy your numbered poop chances at Stephens Pharmacy, Camp Umpy’s Bagels, Apple Day Spa or from any Interact student.

        The Moose Poop Palooza benefits the club’s Purple Pinky Project, a globally recognized fundraiser that aids Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio from the planet. Rotary, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since it first began vaccinating children in 1979. When they’re vaccinated, children in many third world countries have their pinkies dyed purple to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

           Moose Poop Palooza will also help raise monies for Interact’s Kids’ Care (Little Buddy) Program, where high school students work with elementary school children at Lakeside and Stourbridge Schools.  The older students act as role models and “buddies.” Activities include recreational events, arts and crafts and outings.

“As ridiculous as it sounds, this moose poop fundraiser will help many kids, not only locally, but on a large global scale,” says Interact Vice President and Honesdale High School senior Mark Grandinetti, “Pick up your very own number now! This is one activity that won’t stink!”

Want to help sponsor the event? We are now accepting gift baskets- contact Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 for information about providing baskets or how to buy moose poop!

 

MORE THAN A ‘HAPPY’ NEW YEAR: GOAL EXCEEDED!

MORE THAN A ‘HAPPY’ NEW YEAR: GOAL EXCEEDED!

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We (Himalayan Institute located in Honesdale) are delighted to post this blog announcing the successful completion of the One Book & One Buck campaign. With your help we raised $16,000. This is $6,000 more than our minimum target. We now have the funds needed to send even greater educational materials to our library in Kumbo Cameroon. This also means that we have collected enough books needed to expand our library into two satellite libraries in the northwest region of Cameroon.

AMAZING SUPPORT

The real fuel behind a campaign of this scope is you! Here are some highlights of the ways you helped this campaign come together and bring 10,ooo books to Cameroon, Africa.

Book Collection Boxes were absorbed by communities in more than 5 states.

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Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

We had many creative activists! Meet Jane Pahr who donated her albums single sales. 557380_10201823748459696_669132522_n

The Himalayan Institute cafe held a fundraiser and donated 100% of the proceeds.

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Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

HI Members used Skype to connect live with students in our Cameroon library.

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Many more are to thank for standing up for the cause. Just to name a few: the Alive and Healthy Institute, the Honesdale community, Himalayan Institute residents, and last but not least our campaign intern, Arielle Plonske.

WHAT IS NEXT?

As we stack the books in the shipping container, prepare the documentation and arrange the details for transportation, we begin work on our 2014 expansion plan of our Total Health Program in Cameroon.

We also thank you for your continued support and involvement as we trace this shipment and continue our humanitarian work.

Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

 

Himalayan Institute’s Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

Himalayan Institute’s Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

The following story is courtesy of the Himalayan Institute:

Uma grew up in the Northwest region of Cameroon, an English-speaking region in the predominately French country. Uma has never traveled out of this region and has a younger brother and sister which she looks after. Her parents are illiterate, her mother is a tailor and her father trades used automotive parts near a local taxi stand in the Town Square. For fun, Uma swims in rivers and loves to get lost in novels.

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Since Uma can remember, she has had an appreciation for learning and a strong desire to spend time with animals. She’s always dreamt of someday becoming a veterinarian.

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Uma’s parents struggled to afford school fees for her, however they managed to get her into a secondary school. Dissatisfied with the schools education and ashamed of having spent her families total income on poor education, Uma has spent the past 4 years shoring up knowledge gaps by using the Himalayan Institute’s Public Library.

“My school did not teach me to use computers. This is unfortunate as computer literacy is a prerequisite for attending veterinary college. I study on the libraries computers and have taught myself computer sciences”.

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Uma has just completed secondary school and announced her plans to attend a veterinary school in 2014. She knows it is her turn to pay this blessing forward by going to college, getting a job and supporting her younger siblings through school.

This story is courtesy of the Himalayan Institute. Visit their humanitarian blog to learn more about the Institute and it’s projects abroad and at home- Himalayan Institute Blog

Many businesses around Honesdale and Wayne County are participating in this project. You have probably already seen the red boxes collecting books and bucks at Umpy’s, Fiesta on Main, and the local banks like Dime, Wayne and Honesdale National to name a few of the locations.

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Support education in Africa:
Donate A Book & A Buck now.

Entertainment Added to Honesdale Rotary’s International Dinner

Entertainment Added to Honesdale Rotary’s International Dinner

Ekat Pereyra
Ekat Pereyra
Jason Merrill
Jason Merrill

Jason Merrill www.jasonbrianmerrill.com is a Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter from Hawley, PA. He plays in a few acts; Abbey Road, Pocono Blues and Jazz, La Lava Jiango, and other assorted acts. He teaches music at the Black Bear Conservatory of Music, and DNF Brass and Woodwind. He has a recording studio and is community-minded.

Ekat is Singer/Songwriter from Lake Ariel, PA. She is a member of The Ritz Company Playhouse and is currently working on her original music.

Jason and Ekat play various different styles of music at venues and events around the area.