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NYPA to Sponsor White Plains Saturday Youth Program at Lighthouse International for the Visually Impaired

Contact:
Sobeida Cruz
914-390-8164
sobeida.cruz@nypa.gov
Connie Cullen
914-390-8196
connie.cullen@nypa.gov

April 10, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that it will help sponsor a Saturday Youth Program for children who are visually-impaired, and have other disabilities, at Lighthouse International located here on Hamilton Avenue.

The program is for youngsters ages 6-13 and is offered October to May on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  It includes recreational activities, games, crafts and other programs and projects. 

The Power Authority grant will be used to help support activities such as bowling, ice skating, and day trips to area attractions like the New York Botanical Gardens and the New York Wildlife Conservation’s Bronx Zoo.  Linda Kiamos, secretary, Public & Governmental Affairs, NYPA, has volunteered with the Saturday program for two years.

 “This is a rough time for these youngsters as they grow into adolescence and need to come to terms with the effect of their vision loss on a daily basis. The goal is to get these young people to enter adolescence with a healthy and honest perspective of themselves and to help them to get the skills necessary to compete with children who are sighted.  The NYPA grant will help to accomplish these goals,” said Martin Yablonski, director, Westchester Lighthouse.

For more information on the Saturday program, please call 914-683-7500.

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