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The Scarsdale High School P.T.A. would like to remind students and parents about the volunteer opportunities available at SHS. Many outside volunteer organizations came to the Volunteer Services Fairs in September. In addition, SHS has many clubs that perform volunteer service. Many of these clubs have recently started initiatives to help the people of Haiti. Please click here to find contact information for the outside volunteer service organizations that attended the September Volunteer Services Fairs as well as the list of SHS Clubs. If your high school age student is looking to get involved in a club mid-year, they will be welcomed.

Hard copies of the club list as well as a list of service oriented student clubs (including student contact information) have been distributed throughout the high school. Students can find them in the main office, the Principal's office, the Dean's offices, the library circulation desk, and outside of Neil Ginsberg's office.

This year, the Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony is on May 10, 2010, at 7:30pm in the SHS Auditorium. If a student performs a minimum of 20 hours of community service with one organization during the school year, he or she will be eligible to receive a Volunteer Service Award on May 10th. Click here for more information on the Volunteer Service Awards.

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School will feature two special concert events, one solemn and one lighthearted, in the month of March. Both events will be held at the Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale.

In recognition of the dire need for Haitian earthquake disaster relief, the accomplished Hoff-Barthelson faculty members will present a special recital, Help for Haiti, on Sunday, March 14 at 1:00 pm. Proceeds for the recital, for which a minimum $20.00 contribution is requested, will be sent to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. In 1999 Doctors Without Borders received the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts such as its work in Haiti.

Turning to a brighter event, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a treat for all ages, will be presented at the School on Friday, March 19 at 6:30 pm. The orchestral performance will feature the HBMS Faculty Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Chi-Chi Lin, with a guest performance as narrator by Ron Spivak. Not recommended for children under 3, tickets are $12 for ages 3-12, $18 for 13 – adult, and $6 for Hoff-Barthelson students under 18.

As part of the Peter and the Wolf festivities, the Hoff-Barthelson Preschool’s Recycled Materials Art Project will be on display. Each year the 3 and 4-year-olds in the HBMS Preschool listen to and hear the story of a particular piece of music - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals in past years - and then build a 3D representation of that piece from a wide assortment of recycled materials. This year Peter and the Wolf has been rendered in brilliant colors from paper tubing, feathers, string, twine, egg crates, cardboard and the like! Currently on display in the Children’s Library at the Scarsdale Library, the entire project will be reassembled for display at the March 19 performance.

For information about either event: 914-723-1169,

This week brought reports of volunteer efforts by area residents to raise money and supplies for Haiti and other good causes.

On Saturday, the SHS Track Team held a Run for Haiti. Track team members lined up sponsors to contribute as they ran around the track and accrued donations for their efforts. Coach Richard Clark was pleased to report that about three quarters of the teams' 92 members participated, and if all the pledges come in, the team will have raised $12,000 for the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. If you wish to add your contribution to the donation, contact

Also on Saturday, members of the SHS Breast Cancer Awareness ran their "Tickled Pink" sale during the freshman, J.V. and Varsity Basketball games. Club members had gathered donations from area retailers and baked cookies and cupcakes to sell at the event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The club wishes to thank Jewels by Joanne, Landsberg Jewelers, Pamela Robbins, Searle, Wilson and Sons and Zachys for their contributions. Pictured here are club members Andrea Goldwasser, Jenn Simkins, Danielle Berger, Mallory Minster, Eve Muller (Secretary), and Harley Landsberg (President). For more information or to contribute, contact

The Greenburgh Police responded to the AFYA Foundation's appeal for medical supplies for Haiti. A portion of the supplies stored by the department for civil emergencies were due to expire soon and these were donated to AFYA on Tuesday 1/19. The Department donated bandages, burn kits, surgical sponges, stretcher sheets, oxygen masks, gauze, bandages, trauma dressings and aprons and gloves. These items were scheduled to be shipped on 1/22/10.

According to a recently released report by the New York City Department of Health, the average life expectancy for New Yorkers born in 2007 rose to an all-time high of 79.4 years — five months longer than those born in 2006.

It was the largest one-time life expectancy jump in New York's history.

"Helping people live longer, better lives is the core responsibility of government, which is why nearly every initiative we take on is focused on that goal," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "The steady continued increase in life expectancy demonstrates the remarkable progress we have made and the need to continue to press forward with bold health policies."

In addition to increased life expectancy, the city made strides in decreasing mortality rates. The citywide death rate fell to 6.5 deaths per 1,000 people from 8.1 per 1,000 in 2006. The number of deaths due to HIV, drug-related deaths and cardiovascular diseases also dropped noticeably.

The progress made in these areas has largely been the result of New Yorkers leading healthier lifestyles and improvements made in the treatment of heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in New York City, according to Scarsdale resident Dr. Glenn Fishman, Director of the Division of Cardiology at NYU Langone Medical Center. "There is less smoking in New York City going on because of the new legislation," Fishman said. "[There is] just a lot more public awareness of healthy lifestyle, of what to eat, to try to get some exercise, and, I would also say the care of people with cardio-vascular disease is getting better."

Dr. Michael Perskin, director of the faculty group practice for the department of medicine, agreed and said better treatment and earlier detection is essential for these trends to continue.
"The key is that we need better treatment for cancer and earlier detection," Perskin said. "Medicine is moving in both directions. That's the strategy."

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"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here is a letter to you from Danielle Butin, founder of Afya who is organizing relief for Haitians and wants to let you know how you can help:
When we heard the news of Haiti's earthquake, the Afya team connected with Partners in Health with whom we have steadily collaborated for the past two years. We then strategically reached out to donor organizations and hospitals for relief supplies. Today we acquired 300 mattresses from Jewish Home Lifecare in Manhattan to be used in makeshift shelters on the island. Afya has spent the day responding to the incredible outpouring of concern, people calling and asking worriedly, "How can I help? What can I do?"

The news we hear is tragic, the aftermath destruction of a 7.3 earthquake and the resonating series of aftershocks has proved disasterous. Thousands are dead, hundreds of thousands are injured, homeless and starving. Haiti, an underserved and poverty stricken nation, is now faced with a natural catastrophe. It is imperative that we respond as quickly as possible with life supporting supplies.
Each of you reading this letter can help:

1. We need financial support to send urgently needed supplies to Haiti. Our goal is to load and ship as much as possible from our warehouse in Yonkers to Port au Prince, Haiti. Please visit our donation page on our website: The sooner we raise the necessary capital, the more quickly Afya can get supplies to those in need.

2. Begin a supply donation drive and drop it off at Afya's Warehouse at 510 Nepperhan Ave Yonkers, NY 10701.

Urgently needed supplies for Haiti:
• Water Purification Tablets
• Electrolyte Tablets
• Water
• Small Water Buckets
• Ensure (or any liquid food supplement)
• Respiratory Masks
• Personal Care Items
• Gauze
• Bandages
• IV Starter Kits
• Syringes
• Gloves
• Needles
• Ringers
• Hand Sanitizer
• Topical Antiseptic
• Casting Materials
• Cotton
Additional supplies needed for survivors of this tragedy are the following:
• Sheets
• Blankets
• Sleeping Bags
• Towels
• Closed Toed Shoes
• Clothing

Please note: Afya cannot accept supplies which are expired or less than 5 months from expiration.

3. Volunteer and sort at AFYA. Clothes need to be sorted and boxed by size, supplies must be organized carefully to minimize additional work for clinicians receiving the goods in Haiti. Please email to set up times to come in to help. We need you! We need your commitment and your energy.

4. SPREAD THE WORD by sharing this email with friends, family and colleagues. Each person's interest, efforts and caring will make a difference.

Let's work together to initiate an active relief effort for Haitians in this time of darkness and despair. Afya has a history of providing purpose and well-being to vulnerable populations and we do it well. We need your help to bring health benefits to a country in crisis. Help Afya deliver significant donated supplies from New York to Haiti. We have served Haitian clinics and hospitals purposefully over the past two years. They need us more than ever and we are prepared to fulfill on this humanitarian effort. We need you to make it a powerful and worthy reality.

With gratitude,
Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR
Founder, Executive Director

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