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Rotary Dunkirk-Fredonia has partnered with WNY P-TECH to create and install a lending library at Washington Park in the city of Dunkirk. Gathering for the unveiling were, left to right, Officer Campese of the Dunkirk City Police Department; Michele Starwalt Woods, assistant governor of Rotary Zone 16; Linda Hall, SUNY Fredonia School of Business and Rotarian; Dunkirk City School District Superintendent Michael Mansfield; Magdalena Dye, Cattaraugus County Bank Branch Manager and Rotarian; Marcus Buchanan, chairman of the property’s board of directors; Jason Hammond, director of the Dunkirk Public Library; Lynn-Marie Contreras from Dunkirk, P-TECH student; District 4 County Legislator Susan Parker; Heather Banks, P-TECH Administrative Intern; Nick Kauzala of Lake Shore, P-TECH student; Jared Sek from Dunkirk, P-TECH student; Noble Officer of the Public Security of the City of Dunkirk; Michael Przybycien, deputy director of public works for the city of Dunkirk; Nicole Cliff, CDBG City of Dunkirk administrator; EJ Hayes III, Deputy Director of Planning and Development of the City of Dunkirk; Wilfred Rosas, Mayor of Dunkirk; William Smock, director of P-TECH; Diane Hannum, President of Rotary Dunkerque-Fredonia; Kevin Bourgoine, E2CCB Director of Workforce Development and CTE.

There is a new beginning to be found in Washington Park in Dunkirk. There are actually quite a few beginnings, thanks to a collaborative project between Rotary Dunkirk-Fredonia and WNY P-TECH in Dunkirk.

Recently, the two groups and numerous city and county officials and representatives came together to unveil a brand new lending library. The yellow and blue library that sits in the center of the park near the Washington Avenue side was designed and built by P-TECH student Rebecca DeYoung of Silver Creek; Lynn-Marie Contreras and Jared Sek from Dunkirk; and Nick Kauzala of Lake Shore.

This unique little lending library is home to Pulitzer Prize novels, New York Times bestsellers, word search puzzles for kids and adults, and even a gift set of Frozen-themed books.

The project stems from a call by former Rotary District Governor Frank Adamson, who challenged all Rotary clubs in District 7090 to install Little Lending Libraries in their Western New York communities. and southern Ontario. At the end of the 2020-21 school year, Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotarian Sheila Hahn and her committee set up a small free library at the Wheelock Early Childhood Center in Fredonia.

In addition to the Wheelock Outdoor Library, Rotarian Michele Starwalt-Woods and several other Rotarians have teamed up with Principal William Smock and Welding Instructor Jeremy Bryant of WNY P-TECH College & Career Academy in Dunkirk to bring to life this project. The students designed, blueprinted, built, and painted the small, three-level lending library.

“We have made a concerted effort this year to partner our hands-on, project-based form of education with local organizations to meet a need for community service, Smock said. “I am proud of our teachers and students who help bring these types of projects to life. »

This year, P-TECH in Dunkirk has partnered with a number of community groups, including religious groups in the area, to bring bunk beds to families in need; Chautauqua Lake High School to create DEC trail kiosks for local Overland and Rails to Trails; the Public Security of the City of Dunkirk to 3D print organizational cabinets; and he’s even working to help design and create a prosthetic arm for a local student.

P-TECH administration and Rotarians worked closely with Dunkirk City Assistant Public Works Director Michael A. Przybycien, who ensured safe drilling procedures and bolted the lending library into a concrete slab on the inner circle of Washington Park.

The WNY P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy offers a differentiated, project-based learning culture with specialist educators working in tandem with higher education, business partners, and component school districts. Students work toward NYS Regents degrees and AAS degrees in Mechatronics, Welding Technology, or Mechanical Technology with a CADD or Machine Tool specialization from Jamestown Community College. Students remain enrolled in their home district for the duration of the program while earning their Regents degrees and Associate of Applied Science degrees.

Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world with more than 1.4 million members, whose motto is Service Above Self. Chautauqua County has five Rotary clubs with over 200 Rotarians combined. The Rotary Club of Dunkirk-Fredonia organizes face-to-face and Zoom meetings every Thursday at noon at the SUNY Fredonia technology incubator on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Notable guest speakers discuss current topics and share information in each session led by Rotary Club President Diane Hannum.

WNY P-TECH is currently accepting new 9th graders for the 2022-23 school year. To learn more and see if this is the right opportunity, eighth graders or their parents should contact WNY P-TECH Principal William Smock at 672-3144 or email [email protected] .

To learn more about Rotary in Chautauqua County, Western New York and Southern Ontario, contact Deputy Governor Starwalt at (716) 467-1769 or email [email protected] com.

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