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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4, 2020

Celebrating The Educators Who Go Above and Beyond

It is a crazy time for us all. Everyone is stepping up to the plate, rearranging their lives in some way and our teachers have been fantastic. Without much notice, they gathered materials to send home with their students and learned to teach remotely. With each new change in mandate and each prolonged school closure, they’ve managed to keep their students engaged and help parents learn to help their kids study at home.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we’re supporting the Genesis Group as they recognize our outstanding educators. Join us in applauding teachers in our community who are going above and beyond their duties to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.


Nominate  A Teacher

If you know a local teacher who is making a difference in our commnity, submit a photo (a color head shot is preferred) and a brief, 1 paragraph write-up describing their exemplary efforts. Submissions can be emailed to Genesis Group Executive Director, Ray Durso, Jr. at rdurso@TheGenesisGroup.org.

The Genesis Group will recognize these teachers in their weekly emails, on Facebook and in the local media. We encourage you to nominate a deserving teacher and congratulate those that have already been recognized.

Meet The Honorees
 

Digitally Educating Our Children

March 16, 2020

A mother teaching her son from home.

Resources to Aid in the Learning Process

The rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic is a source of uncertainty for us all. Our carefully structured lives are being thrown a curve ball. Events and gatherings are being canceled and schools are suddenly closed.

For the next month, like many other local families, you may find yourself taking on the role of teacher to your children. As an educationally based financial institution, we understand the importance of keeping up-to-date with your child’s academics and we're here to help.

Below we have compiled a list of some popular and FREE websites to keep your kids interested, entertained and learning. Additionally, many schools are also offering daily tips and resources directly from their teachers, so be sure to check and see what your district is providing.

20 Virtual Field Trips:

https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com


Financial Education Programs:

https://firstsource.learnbanzai.com/


Reading & Learning Resources:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
www.pbskids.org/games/reading
www.readworks.org
www.starfall.com
www.squigglepark.com
www.wordworld.com/apps-and-games
www.storylineonline.net
www.newsela.com
www.natgeokids.com
https://www.sikids.com
www.scholastic.com/learnathome
https://www.khanacademy.org/signup
www.switcherroozoo.com
www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
www.reading.ecb.org
www.seussville.com
www.abcya.com
www.funbrain.com
www.pbs.org
www.highlightskids.com

 

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Big Changes at the Utica Zoo

June 1, 2017

For many years, the Utica Zoo has been building on their long and rewarding tradition of bringing education and entertainment to the Mohawk Valley and Central New York. Now, they are digging into even bigger plans.

Back in September of 2016, we sponsored the Zoo’s Dream Big Master Plan Unveiling Initiative, where we announced a $60,000 contribution to the Utica Zoo Sinnott Education Center, a facility dedicated to giving attendees a glimpse behind the scenes of their ambassador and education animals. These animals are usually only visible when they travel to school classrooms, fairs, and other events to help people learn about the zoo’s important conservation work, and about the natural world. The Sinnott Center will give us a chance to see these wonderful animals during their training, both before and during their time visiting people outside of the facility.

Preparation for the new center has begun, as demolition of the old structure is completed. Renovations to the new space are beginning, and First Source CEO Mike Parsons joined other community leaders in celebrating the start of work with a ceremonial “shovel-ready” event on the site.

From left to right: Utica Zoo Executive Director Andria Heath, Joan M. Sinnott, PhD, Mayor Robert M. Palmieri, Senator Joe Griffo, First Source Federal Credit Union CEO Mike Parsons

We look forward to seeing the new Sinnott Education Center take shape, along with the other exciting new initiatives at the Utica Zoo in the months and years ahead!

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