Programs

Poison Prevention

Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Month?
Our goal is to help prevent accidental poisoning through public education and awareness programs. A yearly education program is coordinated with the National Poison Prevention Month and is organized to reach children of Oswego County.

All pre-k as well as the k-2nd grade elementary students in Oswego County will receive materials.

The committee provides and coordinates the distribution of informational pamphlets and visuals through the schools in Oswego County and the maternity department of Oswego Health.  In addition, the members participate in public education forums and area health fairs.

This committee works with a small budget, but is successful in reaching as many young children and families as possible. All pre-k as well as the k-2nd grade elementary students in Oswego County received materials. 

In 2016, magnets were purchased for all the schools in Oswego County. Through a joint effort with CNY Poison Control, we also provided Information posters.

By the numbers: # of magnets given in 2016 – 5, 091.

Programs

Family in Need

Typically, the holiday season is a popular time for community members to donate to organizations that support those in need.

Members of this committee work with Oswego county agencies and schools to determine family need throughout the year.

But what happens  to these families at the start of the school year?  

Or during the summer break?  

Or when they are left without a home due to a fire?

Our committee offers support throughout the year.

Members of this committee work with Oswego county agencies and schools to determine family need throughout the year.  Food, clothing, toys and household items are donated by the members or are purchased with funds allocated for this purpose. Many times it is a combination of both.

Please note:  In order to address individual or family needs, we require a referral from a school nurse, teacher, counselor, or clergy, and you must be a resident of Oswego County.  Children’s Board may be able to help you but you need to contact one of these individual who can serve in an official liaison role, on your behalf.  This may even be fulfilled by a case worker of DSS.

Programs

Scholarships

The Children’s Board currently awards scholarships to high school seniors from schools located in Oswego County. These scholarships are awarded each spring at our annual awards ceremony.

The Children’s Board currently awards scholarships to high school seniors from schools located in Oswego County.

Winners will be announced in April 2019 and be awarded at the April meeting of the board.

Applications are available at select guidance offices.
Deadline for submission of applications will be in March 2019.

Scholarships are judged on a point system based on each applicant’s involvement in community activities, work ethic, school clubs, need and of course academics.

Each applicant is reviewed confidentially by a committee of Children’s Board members and points are awarded for each area of review.

One of the scholarships is titled “The Diane Falise Memorial Scholarship” in memory of a former Children’s Board member who was very involved in the betterment of the children of Oswego County.  Diane was a long time member and past president, always put children first, and was also the Director of Literacy Volunteers of Oswego.