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From our friends at the Teaneck Patch:

Local Bank Holding School Supply Drive

Bogota Savings Bank
 is seeking donations for its back-to-school supply drive to benefit foster children in the care of Children’s Aid and Family Services, the bank said in a news release.

The bank is collecting supplies through Sept. 15 at both the Teaneck and Bogota locations.

“Bogota Savings Bank is a proud supporter of Children’s Aid and Family Services,” Joseph Coccaro, bank president and CEO said in the release. “So often we take for granted that there are kids in our community who need help with the most basic supplies for school. We hope that this drive will encourage area residents to look around their offices for any surplus supplies or to add a few extra items to their cart the next time they are shopping.”

Supplies needed include, #2 pencils, handheld pencil sharpeners, pens, scissors, staplers/staples, highlighters, 12” rulers, calculators, dictionaries, thesauruses, pocket folders, multi-subject notebooks, post-it notes, loose leaf paper, construction paper, tabbed dividers, 3-ring binders, weekly planners, book covers/book sox, colored pencils/ markers, lunch boxes, durable backpacks, computer paper and glue sticks.

Collection bins are out at both bank locations.

For directions, visit the bank’s website at

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One of the most amazing, dedicated people I have ever met is my friend Pat O’Brien.

In 1995, Pat founded You Gotta’ Believe! to promote and facilitate the adoption of “older” foster kids.

If you live in New York City, you will gain a great deal from attending one or more of the free workshops offered by You Gotta’ Believe! Even if adoption isn’t your goal, you will meet some amazing people and I encourage you to attend. Your heart will be lifted.


Church of the Holy Redeemer
“An African American Lutheran Church”

Saturday Mornings
Please feel free to join us at any of our classes but please arrive one half hour early at 10am sharp for a brief orientation before class begins.
(except for Class #1 where you can still arrive at 10:30 am)
2424 Linden Blvd (Between Milford & Montauk one block west of Fountain Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY  11208 – Contact on Day of Event:  Mary Chancie – 646-301-3044
No Need to Stop and Have Breakfast, Bagels & Coffee will be Available
(Take #3 train to New Lotts Avenue, Last Stop.  Take B15 Bus to Fountain Avenue & Hegerman Street.  Walk one block in direction of bus to Linden Blvd.  Cross Linden Blvd and make a right.  You will see a sign that says “ONE WAY, JUST PRAY”  That church is The Church of the Holy Redeemer.)

Date of Class Topic
OFF WEEKNext Meeting #1 January 15th, 2011January 22nd, 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday WeekendOrientation – 
Welcome to the GPSII/MAPP Program
for teens in Foster Care
Next Meeting #2 January 29th, 2011 Where the MAPP Leads
A Foster Care and Adoption Experience for Teens
Next Meeting #3 February 6th, 2011 Losses & Gains
The Need to Be a Loss Expert for Teens in foster care
Next Meeting #4OFF WEEK February 12th, 2011Februay 19th, 2011 Helping Children with AttachmentPresident’s Day Weekend
Next Meeting #5 February 26th, 2011 Helping Children Learn To Manage Their Behavior
Next Meeting #6 March 5th, 2011 Helping Children With Birth Family Connection:
Next Meeting #7 March 12th, 2011 Gains and Losses: Helping Children Leave Foster Care
Next Meeting #8 March 19th, 2011 Understanding the Impact of Fostering or Adopting
Parent Panel
Next Meeting #9 March 26th, 2011 Perspectives in Foster/Adoptive Parenting
Adapting & Adopting

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