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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2001 

County Executive Congratulates Student Award Winners

Poughkeepsie… Thirty-two students from 17 different schools in 10 districts will be receiving surprise rewards for their hard work during the school year, announced County Executive, William R. Steinhaus.  The Student Incentive Award Program (SIAP) was initiated during the 2000-2001 school year by the Dutchess County Department of Social Services.  It was designed to “encourage, reward and promote academic success and community service for students in grades 1 through 12 who are TANF or foster care TANF eligible,” according to the County Executive. He added, “I congratulate all of these students on their nominations and awards and commend them for their success.”

To be considered for an award, the students had to successfully maintain an average of 80 or above for two marking periods, show significant improvement through individual effort in one or more subject areas, demonstrate a commitment to outstanding community service or have a job and maintain passing grades.

Thanks to this federally funded TANF program, 11 computers were awarded to students in grades 3 through 9 and students who had computers were awarded gift certificates in amounts from $350 to $1,000 to be used for additional hardware or software or items for the new school term.

Robert B. Allers, Commissioner of Social Services, stated, “This program was made possible through the joint efforts of the Temporary Assistance and Children’s Services Divisions of our Department at a time when the State was considering sanctioning students for poor attendance in school.   To the County Department of Social Services, it seemed that too much time, effort and publicity is spent on negative behavior in children.  So we decided to highlight, support and reward the outstanding achievements of our students with something very special that they probably would not be able to obtain otherwise.  In one family, twin boys returning to their home from foster care were able to share a computer, while their younger sister was given a gift certificate.  This is the perfect example of how we wanted the program to reach out to the County’s youth.”

County Executive Steinhaus added, “This program proves to our youth that academic success and community service will be noticed and rewarded.  It illustrates that our schools, parents, agencies and community are able to work together to develop and successfully implement programs and opportunities for our youth which enable them to understand the value of positive results for positive actions.”


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