All About Dads

Our Square One Healthy Families staff recently attended the 18th Annual New England fathering conference. The conference, entitled “Dads: Involved Today, Committed Forever,” welcomed dads, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, program directors, state and federal representatives, and father advocates who participated in two and a half days of learning and sharing. The title of this year’s conference reflected the understanding that every father leaves an indelible mark on his child’s life.

Way to Represent!

Congratulations to our Square One Early Childhood Education participants from Putnam High School! The Skills USA Massachusetts District 6 competition was held at McCann Tech in North Adams on Friday, March 17. Nine schools competed including Putnam. Students were given a written test which included questions in their trade area, employability, OSHA and Skills USA knowledge. The Early Childhood Education contest had eight competitors. Putnam 12th grader, Paola Mercado, won the gold medal. Putnam 11th grader, Susannah Stevenson, won the silver medal.

It’s all Greek to Them!

Our school-age children have been hard at work learning about ancient Greek history during their time spent with us after school. Recently, they designed masks and costumes and created an original play highlighted what they learned.

AIC Hockey Breaks the Ice with Square One Preschoolers

What a great visit our Square One children had with the AIC Hockey Team! HUGE thanks to Yellow Jacket Head Coach Eric Lang, Program Director Alec Rippetoe, and Senior Public Relations Specialist Candy Lash for coordinating the visit. We are so proud to have AIC as our community partner. 

Making a Difference

Congratulations, Joan Kagan! Square One’s President & CEO was recently honored with the prestigious Difference Makers award for her career-long commitment to improving the lives and circumstances of at-risk children and families. Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Joan accepted her award with grace and humility.

Joan shared the stage with fellow honorees Denis Gagnon of Excel Dryer; the Community Colleges of Western Massachusetts; Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round; and Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts. Congratulations to all the deserving winners!

Champions for Children

Huge thanks to our newest “Adopt-A-Classroom” sponsors: Alekman & DiTusa Attorneys at Law; and John & Kathleen Gormally!

Food for Thought

Did you know that more than 223,000 people in Western Massachusetts struggle with food insecurity? Hunger and lack of nutritious food have long-term consequences for children, including increased rates of impaired cognitive and brain development, lowered immune response, short stature, and obesity. Similarly, studies show that malnourished elders experience more frequent and prolonged hospital stays, with a higher rate of complications.

Celebrating Black History Month

Through music, art and literature our children, families and staff celebrated the heritage, accomplishments and culture of African Americans throughout our history. Our Square One Learn & Earn students recently visited the Pan African Historical Museum USA in Springfield as part of their studies, while our early learning and pre-school children shared experiences in African music, dance and artwork.  

Icky, Sticky, Gooey

What fun our Square One families had getting icky, sticky and gooey at our recent Family Fun Night. If this looks like fun, be sure to join us for our other events this month.

What fun our Square One families had getting icky, sticky and gooey at our recent Family Fun Night. If this looks like fun, be sure to join us for our other events this month. 

 

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