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Programs and Activities

Programs and Activities 

Central York Communities that Care supports the needs of the community based on criteria found through research and ideas. The organization helps to provide numerous programs and activities that support students and families throughout the district, in a variety of ways. Take some time to explore the wonderful opportunities that are offered to the Central York community . 


Spirit of Youth Awards 

Every year, Central York Communities that Care holds an awards ceremony to recognize those in the Central Community that are making a positive difference in the lives on young people. Whether adult or student, each nominee is awarded a plaque and named at honorary breakfast that takes place at Springettsburry Park every year during Saturday in the Park. The breakfast includes guest speakers, music, and great food that foster an atmosphere of accomplishment and recognition for those that have done remarkable things on our community.


Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner
Every February, Central York Communities that Care hosts a Sweetheart Dinner at Hayshire Elementary School. The evening includes a delicious dinner with deserts, crafts for students, music, photographs, and prizes. The event brings nearly 300 people together for an evening to spend quality family time together and have fun. All of the proceeds from the event benefit Central York Communities that Care and all of the programs that it sponsors.

Peace Camp
Every summer, Central York Communities that Care hosts a small day camp that allows students in 1st through 4th grade to learn and gain friendships over the summer with their peers. The children get to complete games, projects, activities and crafts. Diversity, friendship, and problem solving skills are emphasized.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Smart Program 
Students Mentors Achieving Results Together (SMART) is a program where high school students meet weekly with high risk elementary students. The goal is to  support the young students through mentoring. Hayshire, Stonybrook, and Roundtown participate in SMART. High school students are trained through the Big Brother-Big Sister Program, and a staff from the Big Brother-Big Sister program organization is on site during the weekly sessions.

Safe Homes Initiative
The Safe Homes initiative is a plan to ensure that parents have awareness in their child's activities. The programs allows parents to sign a pledge to themselves that they will set guidelines and expectations in their home against drugs and alcohol and bad behavior. The program is intended to teach parents about risk factors for students, and ways that they can prevent them. This program is further supported with workshops for parents throughout the year.   

Internet Safety Program 
Mr. Chuck Favata, a presenter on internet safety, provides a presentations to middle school students, as well as parents, on the risks of online use such as social media for students. Students and parents learn proper ways to secure their child's privacy online as well as the proper way to use the sites.

Parenting Workshops
Throughout the year, Central York Communities that Care will offer various parent workshops based on the needs of students and results of the Youth Survey. Some include "Drugs - The Facts"  which teaches parents about student drug use and techniques. Another is the Active Parenting Workshops where parents learn skills and characteristics needed to help their children avoid risk factors in the community. 

Youth Survey
The Youth Survey is a survey given to certain grades in the district that students take anonymously. The test records data such as drug use, prevalence of weapons, and other risk factors that may be prevalent in the community. Based on the risk factors found in the survey for Central York School District Students, Central York Communities that Care picks programs and initiatives that best fit the student's needs. 



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