University of Rochester
Community Service Activities 2003-2004

School Children

Autism Spectrum Disorders Program

Based at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, the program provides behavioral/educational consultation to children/families/schools around the education of children with autism spectrum. It assists with more than 130 children in 10 counties and 26 school districts.
Caroline Magyar

Camp EAGR (Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester)

Each year, for one week in August, doctors and nurses from the Strong Epilepsy Center volunteer their time at Camp EAGR. This is a residential summer camp for boys and girls, ages eight to fifteen, who have epilepsy, regardless of seizure control. The camp provides children with an unforgettable experience, offering them the opportunity to learn more about themselves and others who have epilepsy, increase their self-confidence and independence and enjoy a wide variety of activities.
Web/contact: 275-0698
Michel Berg, M.D.

Cancer Information Program

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center clinical faculty and staff provide tours and both on-site and off-site talks to school groups, community organizations, and employee groups on cancer-related issues, including prevention, detection, and treatment. Free pamphlets and brochures available.
Leslie White

C.H.I.L.D. (Children Helped In Illness or Death, Inc)

Student and community volunteers work as co-leaders in a weekly support program for children whose family member have a serious illness or have died. Professional training and supervision are provided.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry
C.H.I.L.D. is also an ongoing project for the Community Service Network, students act as group leaders to children dealing with illness and death.
Community Service Network

Children of Divorce Intervention

Programs of the Children's Institute are preventive, school-based programs designed to help children cope with the emotional and behavioral difficulties which often follow parental divorce.
Web/contact: 295-1000
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll

Christopher's Challenge

Students volunteer at walk in October, co-sponsored by Strong's Bone Marrow Unit. Christopher's Challenge, a charitable fund, established to pay for the typing of blood samples for individuals to become potential donors through the National Marrow Donor Program.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Clef Club at the Eastman School of Music

For 5- and 6-year old children. Focuses on individual performance skills and on beginning activities in reading and writing music.
Donna Brink Fox

Creative Workshop Art Classes

The Memorial Art Gallery offers for adults, teens and children as young as two and a half. Creative workshop scholarships for children are administered by the Rochester City School District.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3056
Lawrence Merrill

East High School Based Health Center

Nurse practitioners providing school health and primary care services to high school populations. Health care services include physical exams for work permits, sports, or college; immunizations, laboratory work, evaluation and treatment of acute medical problems, physician consultation, reproductive health and family planning, prescribe and administer medication as needed, health education. Mental health services include screenings to identify and help with high risk problems, individual and group therapy, family therapy, psychiatric consultation, crisis counseling, information and referral.
Maureen VanCura, R.N., M.S.

Engineering Outreach Activities

Upon request, departments with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offer tours, presentations, and demonstrations to small groups of elementary and secondary school children. Activities can be tailored to meet each group's needs.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

Finger Lakes Regional Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The Poison and Drug Information Center provides emergency management of accidental and intentional poison ingestions as well as drug and lactation information services to over 28,000 callers from the Finger Lakes region each year. The Center also provides poison prevention literature, resources, and facilitator training for child care providers, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and health professionals who work with pre-school children. The Center, which serves a 12-county area, offers an Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Clinic available by primary care physician referral. TTY and translation services are available. Speakers for professional organizations or agencies are also available. The poison center has recently been awarded a grant to address special needs of some populations which allows for presentations specifically regarding deaf and migrant work populations.
John Benitez, M.D., M.P.H., Managing Director/Assoc. Medical Director, Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Medical Director

Gifts for Giving

Undergraduates collect hundreds of gifts and take them to School #17.
Chapel/Community Service Network

Girl Scouts Badge Workshop

Each January, the Rochester student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers teams up with the Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley to offer an on-campus badge workshop for girls in grades 4 -6.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts

The Memorial Art Gallery participates in scout visits for achievement badges.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3070
Mary Ann Monley

Global Perspectives

A program for community schools in which international students studying at the University of Rochester and other area colleges volunteer to make presentations to grades K-12 about their countries and cultures.
Web/contact: 275-8779
Judy Weinstein, Rochester International Council

Harley Lower School Literature Program

In this program, young students enjoy and study traditional and modern tales from around the world. It is a cumulative program in which kindergarten through fourth-graders learn how to explore each new story in light of their previous literary experiences. They learn the language of literary analysis to respond to the works of other authors, and to write their own stories. The program is the basis of several books for teachers; two such volumes were published in 2002 by the National Council of Teachers of English and International Reading Association.
Joy Moss, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Health Adventures

A mentoring program with School 54. Features eight medical disciplines on one Saturday a month during the school year. Emphasis on math and science with hands on activities. A volunteer mentor participates with each student.
Louise Criticos, Friends of Strong

Hematology/Oncology Education Liaison Program (H.E.L.P.)

H.E.L.P. evaluates children (from infants to teenagers) with cancer and blood disorders for cognitive/academic difficulties related to treatment, monitors educational performance and programs, advocates for patients and families within the educational system, and educates patients, parents, and school districts on the neurocognitive/academic effects of cancer therapy, as well as conducting school reentry visits for classes prior to a student's return after a cancer diagnosis.
Kathryn Wissler, Georgia Beyer

Highland Hospital Career Shadowing Program

Highland Hospital frequently hosts students from area schools interested in health care careers. The students "shadow" medical professionals as volunteers at Highland in such areas as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, etc. and observe patient care techniques. This program has also hosted high school students and teenagers.
Highland Hospital

Kids Adjusting Through Support

An ongoing project for the Community Service Network, students act as group leaders to children dealing with illness and death.
Community Service Network

KNIT Knitting Needles in Therapy

A program designed to teach pediatric hematology patients and their families how to knit. Knitting is a quiet, meditative activity that helps the patients relax. Student volunteers teach their hematology oncology patient how to knit as well as provide companionship.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Lead Screening Program

The Highland Hospital Family Medicine Center, in conjunction with the county health department, screens children aged six months to six years for exposure to lead. The testing occurs during well visits and follow-up is recommended if a test yields an abnormal result.
Carol Dillon

Literacy Project

Weekly volunteers help Rochester City Public School students learn how to read.
Hillel Foundation

Little Buddies at Baden Street Settlement

Undergraduates serve as big brothers and sisters to children in grades K -8 after school at the Baden Street Settlement.
Community Service Network

Mary Cariola Classroom "Adoption"

Student members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) visit a classroom of ten developmentally disabled children during various holidays throughout the year and bring seasonal gifts (jack-o'-lanterns, foam turkeys, Christmas trees, valentines).
Web/contact: 275-4042
Sandra Willison, Department of Chemical Engineering

Music Classes

The Eastman School of Music's Community Education Division offers a variety of lessons, classes, workshops, and special events during the academic year and during the summer. Programs include private lessons, early childhood classes, ensembles, free concerts and recitals, and more. These offerings are continued in the summer, along with additional special camps and programs such as Music Horizons (for high school students considering a career in music) and the Piano Festival and Competition.
Howard Potter

Nazareth Middle School Math Club

School of Medicine and Dentistry students tutor sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who need help with math.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Partners in Reading

Undergraduates help elementary school children practice reading at Schools #33 on a weekly basis.
Community Service Network


Eastman Pathways, the most visible program of the William Warfield Partnership, provides 70 motivated Rochester City School students with scholarship aid, allowing them to pursue music studies through Eastman School of Music's Community Education Division at little or no cost. Scholarship recipients follow different paths depending upon their ages and ability levels.
Jan Angus

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC)/Child Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Kids Cafe Volunteer Program

Partnership with FoodLink, medical and undergraduate students host local after-school programs that offer children a safe and easily accessible place to receive homework assistance, recreational opportunities, nutrition education and a hot supper. These programs attempt to lessen the impact of childhood hunger through a collaborative community effort. The goal of Kids Cafe program is to increase the nutritional intake of children by introducing them to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the children are educated about the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Sandi Tu

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) Program

PLC is now entering its eighth year of teaching pediatric residents, medicine-pediatric residents and medical students about community-based health care and nurturing their advocacy for the health of children in Rochester. Each resident has the opportunity to visit 16 -20 community-based organizations during a PLC two-week block rotation.
Web/contact: 273-3737
Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D., Laura Jean Shipley, M.D.

Physical Therapy Career Day

The Physical Therapy Department offers lectures, tours and observation days to area schools.
Kathy Owens

Positive Behavior Supports Program

Provides evidence based case and classroom consultation, in-service training, and technical assistance to educational agencies and school districts serving students with disabilities whom exhibit challenging behavior. Establishes partnerships with education teams to help students achieve personally meaningful academic and social goals.
Web/contact: 275-2521
Vincent Pandolfi, Ph.D., Director

Primary Mental Health Project

The Center for Community Study sponsors this program for early detection and prevention of school adjustment problems.
Web/contact: 295-1000 x224
Deborah Johnson

Project Believe Nutrition and Exercise Grant

An ongoing study that teaches children at five inner-city schools the basics of good nutrition exercise. A pre- and post-test are administered, as well as height and weight measurements are taken to check for changes in the children's Body Mass Index (BMI). The program uses an already proven nutrition and exercise curriculum. Students teach the curriculum to K -6 graders, collect and analyze data.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Project U.N.I.Q.U.E./Intercultural Arts

The Memorial Art Gallery is a site for teaching by resident artists from the City School District's artist-in-residence programs.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3024
Susan Dodge Peters

The Rap/Jingle-Rhyme for Oral Health Program (R/J-R) - Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

R/J-R is an alternative education experience for young children and their families to help the child develop good lifelong oral health skills. The R/J-R program brings oral health education into elementary school classrooms in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) and provides leadership in dentistry for special family-focused events.
Web/contact: 275-5007
Dr. Darlene Riggins-White, Education Coordinator, Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

Reaching Out to Kids (ROK)

This program matches volunteers with a pediatric oncology patient to provide support and friendship to children in various stages of cancer treatment.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rochester Alliance Promoting Science (RAPS)

University of Rochester staff members participate in this program that seeks to foster improvement in science education. The Alliance sponsors a long-term mentoring program between University scientists and city school children starting in grade five.
Stephen Dewhurst

Rochester Child Resilience Project

The Center for Community Study is the sponsor of this project aimed at developing strategies to help inner-city children deal with the stresses of poverty and family turmoil. The project involves a long-term longitudinal study of a group of urban children and families.
Peter A. Wyman

Rochester Institute of Health Lab Tours

The Clinical Microbiology Laboratories provide tours of the labs for middle and high school students.
Ed Kohlmeier

Rochester Scholars jr.

Rochester Scholars jr. is a unique program for bright, talented and curious middle school students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 and takes place during school breaks and during the summer. Saturday single-day sessions occur monthly. Interested students may also obtain information and an application by contacting the Office of Special Programs.
Web/contact: 275-2344
Gayle Jagel, Director, Office of Special Programs

Saturday School Program — Virgil I. Grissom #7

The Saturday School program provides individualized tutoring and mentoring for students K -6 who are at risk of failing reading and math in the Rochester City School District.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Saturday Morning Science

This hands-on science program for local middle school students is held monthly at the Life Sciences Learning Center. Students engage in various science activities during each session.
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

School #8 Career Day — Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

An annual event sponsored by the Rochester Rotary. The dentistry program
is one of several community agencies that bring to these elementary school students the benefit of staying in school. Students are encouraged to eat and drink health foods and snacks as a reliable model for a lifetime of health.
Web/contact: 275-5007
Dr. Darlene Riggins-White, Education Coordinator, Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

School #14

Students from the Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference visit pre-K classrooms at School #14 to present instrument demonstrations, then bring the children to the Eastman School of Music to visit rehearsals.
Donna Brink Fox

Science Exploration Camp

A week-long summer science program for middle school students. Campers are involved in one week of science activities exploring a central theme. A different theme is offered each year.
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Science Saturday at the Rochester Science Museum and Science Center

Undergraduates from the Undergraduate Chemistry Council lead museum visitors through various hands-on science activities and present demonstrations in the auditorium. The dates are coordinated to coincide with National Chemistry Week in late October/early November.
Lewis Rothberg, Department of Chemistry

Secret Santa Program

This program, sponsored by the Simon Volunteers organization of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, works with Family Service of Rochester to provide Christmas presents for children in the South Wedge community. Families are identified by Family Service and members of the Simon community - students, faculty, and staff, raise funds which are used to purchase presents for needy families.
Stacey Kole, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Simon Literacy Program

Simon School students work with School #20, a local elementary school, to assist in the reading levels of third and fourth graders.
Stacey Kole, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

SMILEmobiles-Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

Eastman Dental Center's Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention, recently recognized at the Surgeon General's Conference on Children and Oral Health, includes three SMILEmobiles, which are mobile dental units. SMILEmobiles have been in the inner city and rural areas providing oral health care and education to school children for over 30 years. Over 11,000 pediatric patients visits were provided last year through the SMILEmobile Program.
Web/contact: 275-5007
Holly Barone, Sr. Operations Administrator, Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

Summer Sports Camps

The University's Department of Athletics and Recreation offers summer sports camps for children ages 7 to 16. The program includes camps for swimming, soccer, football, boys and girls basketball, and an instructional sports camp.
Jane Possee

Summer Step Program

The Summer STEP is an intensive six-week hands-on learning experience designed to expose highly motivated seventh through twelfth grade students to learning and professional development opportunities. Further, it is designed for students who have recognized the importance of staying ahead and want to take advantage of their summer break to improve their academic and clinical skills. This experience is gained under the direct supervision of a preceptor who guides student projects and contributions to ongoing research. Program participants attend research seminars and informational sessions dealing with current topics in biomedical research. In addition, presentations are designed to enhance students' knowledge in specific areas of the biomedical sciences with the goal of preparing them, as well as encourage them to pursue a career in biomedical/behavioral research field or pursue a health-related science major as college students. The Summer STEP runs from July to August and applications are available in May.
Nathaniel Holmes, Ph.D., Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Time for Bows

A model of urban string music education that is being developed through a collaboration between the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester City School District. The project involves children at the Enrico Fermi Elementary School (#17) in Rochester, where 98 percent of the students live below the federal poverty line. Teams of Eastman music education majors, applied string majors, and faculty members teach the students how to play the violin, viola, cello, and bass, using emergent methodology intended to take advantage of the strengths that these students bring to the classroom.
Louis Bergonzi

Together Including Every Student (TIES)

Volunteers work with children/young adults with developmental disabilities (ages 8 -21) in extracurricular and community activities.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

The William Warfield Partnership

The William Warfield Partnership is an ongoing collaboration between the Eastman School of Music (ESM) and the Rochester City School District (RCSD). The intent of the Partnership is to provide expanded musical education and opportunity for city youth and to work together to provide a model urban music education program. William Warfield, one of the great vocal artists of the 20th century, was raised in Rochester and is a graduate of the Rochester City School District and the Eastman School of Music.
Eastman School of Music

The Warner School Center for Professional Development and Education Reform

The Center supports the development, implementation and research of innovative approaches to education reform. This work focuses on professional development and systemic reform and is undertaken in collaboration with other community partners. The Center is currently working in the areas of literacy, early childhood, evaluation, mathematics, history, inclusion, counseling, and technology. The Center works with K -12 schools, community counselors, institutions of higher education and corporate foundations.
Judy Fonzi, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

YMCA Health Kids Fair — Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

A day for providing oral health education through oral health games, oral health videos and play-acting to creatively reach families.
Web/contact: 275-5007
Dr. Darlene Riggins-White, Education Coordinator, Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

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