SMC hosts Hannah and Friends carnival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association has paired up with Hannah and Friends to put on a Community Carnival for the people of Michiana this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Saint Mary’s alumnae, Holy Cross Hall, students from Notre Dame and local businesses have worked together to foster support for the special needs community and its  allies. According to an Alumnae Association flier, the Community Carnival will feature games, mini clinics and free food, with all proceeds going to Hannah’s House and Special Olympics. Sophomores Emily Hazen and Christen Kloski, who interned at Hannah and Friends last summer, continue to visit the site regularly.  “It helps collaborate local colleges with the community. We recognize those with difference needs in the community,” Kloski said. The two students will intern at Hannah and Friends again this upcoming summer and intend to attend the Community Carnival this weekend. “Hannah and Friends is a neighborhood for adults with different abilities,” Kloski said. “This Saturday is for the entire community.” Kloski, who has also worked at Family Fest, a similar event hosted by the nonprofit organization during the summer, said the Community Carnival is an event that began this year.  “It’s good that SMC is getting involved, but especially the alums. I guess they were the ones that contacted Hannah and Friends,” Kloski said. “It’s a community outreach program, which is good for us to see.” Ashley Hall, hall director of Holy Cross Hall, said the dorm supported the organization throughout the year by offering transportation to its resident-volunteers.    “This partnership is near and dear to the Holy Cross Hall community and we strive to find any way possible to connect our residents with the residents and families who are associated with Hannah and Friends,” she said. Holy Cross Hall typically hosts one on campus event and participates in another off-campus event each year, Hall said. Last semester, “Winter Wonderlan.” was the event they chose to host..This year, Hall said the Carnival seemed like a good opportunity to bring Holy Cross residents to their site and volunteer.  “Overall, this program is a safe and fun event for special needs children and their families in the Michiana Community,” Hall said. “It also allows our residents to give back to such a special organization,”  Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Telecommunications company partners with youth

first_img 144 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Telecommunications company partners with youth by: – June 6, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (L-R): Miss Dominica, Nadira Lando signing as a witness to the MOU while LIME’s General Manager Jeffrey Baptiste and NYC’s President, Fernella Wenham looks on.A local telecommunications company, LIME Dominica, has partnered with the National Youth Council (NYC), the Dominica State College (DSC) and one of the most local popular artistes, Asa “Asa Banton” Edwards.At a press conference on Wednesday, General Manager of LIME Dominica announced that this partnership with the youth is the company’s way of “influencing” and “shaping” the lives of the youth for the future development of the country.Baptiste noted that he was “engulfed with a deep sense of accomplishment” to announce this historic partnership with the youth as his company is “focused on transforming the lives of the youth”.According to him, “LIME has an unmovable commitment to the NYC to help them deliver their mandate to the youth of Dominica”.LIME Dominica has signed a memorandum of understanding with the NYC in which they have agreed to provide the Council with free fixed line telephone services, free broadband internet, a closed user group in which executive members of the council can communicate with each other, a booth at LIME’s Creole In The Park (CITP) annual event to assist them with their fundraising drive as well as provide support to them for the execution of their programs for the rest of 2012.NYC’s President Fenella Wenham commended LIME for this partnership, stating that this will be a “duly beneficial” relationship which can be viewed as LIME’s engagement with the youth.Asa “Asa Banton” Edwards (seated first from right) and beside him is Miss Dominica, Nadira LandoLIME also announced its endorsement of Asa Banton whose popularity has grown rapidly among the youth particularly primary school students who know most if not all of his songs word for word.Baptiste described him as “the most popular, influencing voice communicating with the youth today with respect to entertainment” and LIME saw the need to partner with him so as to have an influence on the message which is delivered to the youth.“Asa is an influencing voice for our young people. So we can do one of two things as responsible adults, as responsible cooperate citizens. We can step back and just allow it to happen, we may have an opinion; nice, not too nice, maybe he should or shouldn’t, we can have a debate in private around what the reality is. Or we can step forward and attempt to influence the way that message is delivered to the youth or the image that is being shown to the young people. We opted to do the later”.From today, June 6th, 2012, Asa Banton will be recognized “as a LIME artiste to safeguard our students,” Baptiste said.Meanwhile, Edwards in his remarks said that he was “proud to be a LIME artiste” announcing his plans to host a school tour as per requests from several principals asking him to visit their school and speak to their students. Edwards’ manager Tilly Thomas told Dominica Vibes News that the school bus tour will include motivational talks with the students.“Asa will visit the schools with a television crew to have a motivational talk for about an hour. He will speak to them on positive topics. We want to focus on the violence that is going on in the schools, sexual abuse, drugs and other encouraging topics. He will also perform some of his songs to interact with the students”.This school bus tour he hopes will get underway at the commencement of the new school term in September, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more