• Reach: There Is A Better Way

    Written by Debbie Riek, Education Coordinator

    Reach: There Is A Better Way

    Sometimes mentoring doesn't look like a mentoring program. In January, 2008 acting teacher Ben Hodge started talking with his students about problems the students were seeing at their York County high school. He encouraged them to write stories about their experiences. Then Hodge, music teacher Nick Curry and the students crafted them into monologues. Reach: There Is A Better Way premiered as a play in May 2008. In January 2010, a full length DVD was produced.


    Ben Hodge talks about how the REACH project got started:








    See clips from the DVD here:












    In the process of writing, reflecting, acting, and sharing, the students formed significant mentoring,
    relationships with their teachers and with each other, older students sharing with younger ones,
    discussing topics that it would be easier to pretend didn't exist.
    Ben Hodge talks about why the Reach project was meaningful to students:








    Ben Hodge discusses why the Arts are an asset in mentor relationships:








    Ben Hodge shares what he has learned about himself in this process and about the students he works with:








    One of the participants in REACH, Mary McCleary, talks about what it meant to be involved in the project:









    Mary McCleary shares how having a mentor and being in this project changed her:










    Another participant, John Dumpman, discusses what it meant to him to have a mentor:









    John Dumpman shares some advice for adults:










    For more information about Reach: There Is A Better Way DVD or to find out about upcoming performances, contact Ben Hodge, Ben Hodge Studios, at

    Published in Education

    Tagged under Real Life | Real Issues

    Friday, 14 Jan 2011 20:57

  • New Crib Safety Standards

    Written by Debbie Riek, Education Coordinator

    New Crib Safety Standards

    CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The federal crib standards had not been updated in nearly 30 years and these new rules are expected to usher in a safer generation of cribs.

    Once they become effective, the mandatory crib standards will: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more rigorous.

    CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware. These new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs.

    Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities.

    The full-size and non-full-size crib standards adopted the current ASTM International voluntary standards with additional technical modifications.

    For more information on crib safety and safe sleep environments for baby, visit CPSC’s crib information center or call the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

    Published in Education

    Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 22:16

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