Ridgewood Avenue School MAC Grants
2008 Grants Total over $7,700

RAS - Pre-Teen Leadership for Boys and Girls
This program is open to all 6th grade boys and girls. There is a Fall and Spring program, which starts off with an informational meeting and then meet the group meets every other Monday after school until about 4:00. The group is usually around 12 students in total, 6 boys and 6 girls.  We hope the numbers will grow in coming programs. Current activities include a can food drive for a local soup kitchen, volunteering within the community, helping plan for black history month (make posters, research information on famous black Americans, also discuss issues relevant to 6th grade or gender. Students also participate in exercises that focus on building trust and cooperation in solving problems, increasing ability to empathize with peers, and practicing positive leadership throughout the year. Activities may include shared readings, with follow-up discussions, presentations and other sessions that will help prepare students for the conflicting messages they receive as they go into early adolescence. This program offers a safe, supportive forum where they can discuss their experiences and feelings in a non-threatening environment. Most sessions are held for the same sex. Collaborative activities are held for both groups. MAC has allocated $2,250 towards this program in 2008.

RAS – Bullying Program
MAC is paying for Ridgewood Avenue School’s enrichment program on Bullying Prevention in October 2008 ($812.50).

RAS - Spring Drama Program
Ridgewood Avenue School is the recipient of a MAC mini-grant of $3,000 in 2008. The funds will be used to produce the first annual Ridgewood Avenue School drama to premiere on Thursday, May 3, 2008 – A Hundred Years of Broadway. The RAS Drama is open to students in grades 3-6 and rehearsals will be held after school.

RAS – Internet Safety Program
In January 2008, MAC paid for an internet safety program for Ridgewood Avenue parents ($600).

RAS - Reward Systems – DUDES (Do Unusual Deeds of Excellence)
Students at the Ridgewood Avenue School are encouraged to perform acts of generosity and kindness, building a community of young people who share responsibilities. Children are rewarded for helping others. Every month students who received DUDE cards are entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, which MAC provides funds for. In 2008, MAC will provide $380 for the rewards.

All Schools - Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon is a drug and alcohol awareness program held each year in October.  Town-wide activities throughout the week involve schools, Borough Hall, the community, businesses and senior citizens.  Each day during Red Ribbon Week will involve a different, very visible activity to highlight the alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free message.  MAC provides funds for the purchase of materials distributed to students throughout the week.  In 2008, MAC has allocated $1,500 for the Red Ribbon Week programs at the High School, Middle School, Ridgewood, Linden and Forest Avenue Schools.
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