Newburgh Rowing Reboots Spring Programs
KAYAKING FOR KIDS: America Rows and Swims Newburgh has provided a grant to the Newburgh Rowing Club to allow NRC’s older student members ages 16 and up, living in the City of Newburgh, to kayak on the Hudson River this spring. “We are excited to have this program started,” said Coach Kennedy, president of the Newburgh Rowing Club. “We are practicing social distancing by only having members of one household at a time come down to kayak. Kayaking doesn’t require a coach or third party to be present. So many kids in the City of Newburgh are home all day with no backyard to play in. Getting on the Hudson River a few times a week and feeling the sunshine will be great for the kids.”
BOOKS FOR KIDS AND COMMUNICATION IN SPANISH. Program directors have been collecting children’s books for people who have asked for them for their kids. The library is closed and books are expensive. The coaches are hoping to raise money in the community to build a Little Kids Free Library at the Boathouse, where people can drop books for kids and take books for kids for free. In the meantime, they are hand delivering books based on requests and ages of kids. Volunteers have been using our own books but are running low. We started doing no contact pickups of kids books in good condition to donate. Right now the biggest need is for picture books for young kids and tween books.
COMMUNICATION IN SPANISH – Program directors are also getting the books to families whose parents primarily speak Spanish. The Spanish speaking community is very involved. They say they were feeling isolated and this project had been great for them and the kids.
“My kids were so bored,” said a woman to Mrs. Lo in Spanish. Her family of 5 lives in the City of Newburgh. (We don’t reveal names or any identifying information upon request). “They love to read but we can’t afford to buy new books and the library is closed. I can’t believe all the books that were donated! The kids are so happy. When we are done we will bring them back to the boathouse so other kids can enjoy them.” This mom’s kids are ages 15, 11 and 3.