Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Events at Rainbow Preschool

Both Rainbow Preschool sites had all-day, outdoor activities to celebrate summer this year, and allow parents and guardians to come and have a day of fun with their kids. 


On June 9th, the Albion Preschool held a Carnival day. Senior Nurse Michele Batt and her family generously hosted the event at their farm. 

Children enjoyed a variety of activities, from petting the animals, including llamas, goats, and chickens, to a "dinosaur bone dig" and carnival games. There were bean bag tosses, rubber duck fishing, can toss, and a bounce house. Children also enjoyed face painting, a special performance by a magician, and carnival treats such as popcorn, spun sugar, and lollipops.

Students dig for dinosaur bones.

 Local Magician James F. Cieslinski* performs magic for the kids, as well as leading some singalongs and encouraging the kids to dance and participate. 


On July 22nd, the Batavia Preschool held a Safari Day. ABCD turned their playground area into a Safari, featuring lots of animal activities including a craft tent and a scavenger hunt where the students searched to find different stuffed animals hidden around the play area. 

 A stuffed elephant waits to be found below a tree. 

Students discover a tiger lounging on top of this display. 


Magician James F. Cieslinski, office phone: 585-338-3132, 995 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14615

Monday, July 25, 2016

Register Now - August Self-Direction Information Session


Information Session

August 15, 2016
6:30 pm
Are you interested in Self Directing your services??  If so, please join us for this information session with Jennifer Ditta,WNY Self-Direction Liaison from Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
Individuals interested in self-directing their services are required to attend an information session.  This session will satisfy that requirement.
Information session will be held at:
The Arc of Orleans County
Administrative Offices
           122 Caroline Street, Albion NY
        To Register
          Please Call 589–1750 ext. 2231

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Albion and Holley Schools Raise Money for Camp Rainbow

Albion 2nd Grade and Holley 3rd Grade participated in our annual Spell-A-Thon this year, together raising almost $4,400.00! The top class at each school received a pizza party, and all the classes participated in a "camp day" where we did activities to give the kids an idea of what a day at camp is like. 

We want to send out another big thank you to all the kids, teachers, parents, volunteers, and staff that helped pull off this multi-part fundraiser!

 Albion students play parachute games.

Holley students disperse to go to different areas of camp for activities with their classmates.

Holley students craft with stickers.

Albion teachers, Mrs. Burlison, Mrs. McNair, Mr. Plewinski, Mrs. Beach, Mrs. Mergler, Mrs. Werner, and Mrs. Galbreth, accept a thank-you plaque for participating. 

Holley teachers, Mrs. Quaranto, Mrs. Kipp, and Ms. Meyer, accept a thank-you plaque for participating. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Garden at the Marshall Road Residence

The gardens and patio area at the Arc house on Marshall Road in Medina recently got a makeover. A big project that involved landscaping, planting, and redecorating has made this home just a bit more beautiful and cozy.

House Manager Wendy Eden wrote, "The Marshall Road crew and the guys (that live there) have worked decorously to take a jungle of weeded nonsense and turn it into a beautiful garden, complete with Bistro. This team exemplified "Team Work" as there were many debates, ideas, opinions, and jokes flying, and this was the result. Staff worked hand in hand with the guys, teaching about horticulture, proper use of gardening tools, plant types, care, and maintenance. The guys learned valuable tips, as did the staff. Thank you to all the staff and guys! Very proud to call this home."

Wendy also shared this tip that she learned from the experience: "Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias, and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Yard Sale July 15th & 16th!

Where: 16 East Academy Street, Albion
(north side of old grammar school)

When: Friday, July 15th (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Saturday, July 16th (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Lots of treasures waiting for you!

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Proceeds benefit:
Academy Street Dayhab Program
Self Advocacy All Stars

Monday, July 11, 2016

Shop Amazon's Second Annual Prime Day & Support The Arc!

Amazon's second-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 12th and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Just a reminder that you can shop and Amazon will donate to NYSARC, Inc., Orleans County Chapter.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to NYSARC, Inc., Orleans County Chapter. Shop for all the great deals at Amazon.


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Thank you for your support of the men, women,
and children we serve!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Car Wash This Saturday!

The Self Advocacy All-Stars are putting on a car wash this Saturday, July 9th!

It will be in the Save-A-Lot parking lot in Albion from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

No minimum donations! The group is asking for donations for each car wash - they will gladly accept whatever you are willing to give!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July Autism Support Group


Support Group
Date: 07/27/16
Time: 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Location:  The Arc of Orleans County
122 Caroline Street Albion, NY 1441

Registration Requested
        For further information & questions
please contact Kristen Ostrander
585-589-1750 ext 2231 or at