Mayor Spano declares June 11 Yonkers Thrives Day at Westchester’s Ridge Hill
YONKERS, NY – June 2, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced that Saturday, June 11 as Yonkers Thrives Day at Westchester’s Ridge Hill Shopping Center – a fun afternoon of engaging activities for children that promote the importance of summer learning. From 12pm to 3pm, local youth will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor learning and adventure play, enjoy healthy snacks and much more. Mayor Spano will be joined by the Chancellor of the State University of New York, Nancy Zimpher and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Quezada to kick off the festivities in Ridge Hill’s Town Square on Second Street.
“Since its launch last year, Yonkers Thrives has been identifying key pressure points in a student’s educational career that may influence better outcomes for the child,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers Thrives Day is an opportunity for our network of community organizations to collaborate for the benefit of our students, specifically on the rewards of summer learning. Special thanks to Ridge Hill and all the sponsoring participants for joining our efforts to improve the lives of our Yonkers children.”
Organized by Yonkers Thrives, a public-private community-wide organization that aims to improve educational and wellness outcomes for children and youth in Yonkers, Yonkers Thrives Day will provide opportunities for students to sign up for summer learning activities. Upon completion of these activities, the students will be eligible to receive gift cards and promotional prizes courtesy of Ridge Hill and Yonkers Thrives.
Yonkers Thrives Day activities and sponsors include:
· Yonkers Police Department - Child ID cards and DNA kits
· Yonkers Fire Department – interactive smoke house
· Early Einstein Early Learning Center - book giveaways, music
· Community Play Adventure Experience (Sarah Lawrence College)
· Greyston - teaching math using art
· Hudson River Museum - constructing a balloon powered cardboard car
· iFly - video, STEM education
· Lanza Learning Center - science experiments
· Montefiore Medical Group Urgent Care & Primary Care – Summer UV Protection
· Legoland Discovery Center - Lego building
· YMCA - storytelling
· Whole Foods - healthy smoothies
Studies have shown that summer learning is essential in the educational development of a child. Children lose about two months of knowledge over the summer months, including math computational skills. Teachers typically spend four to six weeks re-teaching material students have forgotten over the summer.
About Yonkers Thrives Partnership
The mission of the Yonkers Thrives Partnership is to unite and mobilize the Yonkers community to ensure a sustainable plan for children to thrive from cradle to career. The Partnership recognizes the socioeconomic, health and educational challenges many students face will require the entire community to play a role. Since coming together in 2013, Yonkers Thrives partners have identified and prioritized the challenges their students are confronted with from the moment they are born, through college, to their career. Yonkers Thrives Partnership is focused on advancing student outcomes by building a network that utilizes available data and community resources to achieve prioritized goals. Yonkers Thrives is an official member of the Strive Together network and the SUNY New York State Cradle to Career Alliance. For more information, visit www.yonkersthrives.org.
The Strive Together Cradle to Career Network is a national network of 64 community partnerships in 32 states and Washington D.C. working to improve education success for every child by bringing together cross-sector partners around a common vision. Together, the Network impacts over 8.2 million students nationwide. For more information visit StriveTogether.org.
About Ridge Hill
Ridge Hill is the best destination in Westchester to SHOP, DINE and PLAY. Patterned on a classic downtown, this family-friendly outdoor center features a central Town Square and children’s play area. In addition to a mix of popular fashion, sports and technology retailers, the center is home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a 12-screen National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Whole Foods Market, LA Fitness and nine delicious restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, 5 Napkin, Havana Central, Lefteris Gyro, Elevation Burger, Texas de Brazil, Little Buddha, Angelo’s Family Style Italian and Yard House.
Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West Exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam and NYC Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Learn more at www.ridgehill.com and follow @shopridgehill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ridge Hill is co-owned and managed by Forest City Commercial Management, an affiliate of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., a NYSE-listed national real estate company.