JUNE 2012

In This Issue:
Annual Trip to DC!
Golf Fore Kids Raises Funds
Screenings for Emotional Health Risks

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ANDRUS is thrilled to welcome three new members to the family-- Alpine goats named Maggie, Birch and Hickory. The new residents are very happy in their spacious pen on the north side of campus. They are already very popular with the 155 children on campus, who can't wait to visit them each day!

When I Grow Up...


The Orchard School held its first Career Fair June 1. We invited local professionals in various fields to set up a table and talk to students about the variety of choices they have in careers. Students were buzzing about their future aspirations for days! Here are some of the careers we featured: (let us know if you would like to be part of Career Day 2013)


United States Army

Police Officer

City Council Member

Ambulance Driver




Online Journalist/ Reporter

Volunteer Referral Agency

TV Broadcast Reporter

Restaurant owner




 The Nation's Capital

Captivates ANDRUS Eighth Graders


"This trip was a lifelong dream!" proclaimed one of our 24 students who traveled with staff to Washington DC this month for the Orchard School's annual 8th grade trip. Though the Obama family wasn't at home on visiting day, they did spot Vice President Biden on official duty in the House of Representatives! At every step, they were inspired by the city and its history. Some even aimed to be in the Oval Office themselves one day.

As part of the three day tour, students explored the Air and Space Museum and the Senate Gallery, snapped photos of the Washington Monument and the Pentagon, and visited Arlington Cemetery, and the FDR, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. For our students, the trip represents a high point of academic accomplishment and personal growth.     

This year, a generous contribution from Dorf and Nelson, LLP, a prominent law firm in Rye, and raffle proceeds for a handmade quilt donated by Eric and Vanda Millar provided core support and scholarship aid. "The trip gives our students a priceless experience, something that many of them have never had the chance to do. They feel history come alive while also gaining valuable life lessons and social skills," said Alexandria Connally, Assistant Principal. We look forward to continuing the tradition next year.

8th Annual GOLF FORE KIDS Outing

Raises $163,000!


Our 8th annual Golf Fore Kids Outing, held June 11 at Siwanoy Country Club, was a sunny success! Eighty spirited golfers enjoyed fantastic weather while they played to support our work with children throughout the County. Following their 18 holes, our golfers and more guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, raffles and a thrilling (and competitive) live auction for some incredible prizes. Many thanks to our Corporate and individual sponsors for supporting this year's event.

1,000 Screenings in 365 Days!

ANDRUS now has an Early Recognition Specialist, whose mission is to screen 1,000 children in Yonkers for emotional health issues and, when any children are in need of support, work with their families to find the right local services.


Did you know? Emotional health can affect how well a child does in school, family relationships and the ability to make friends. Identifying emotional issues early sets families and their children on a course to secure the right kind of help. Early identification and intervention for mental health symptoms has been proven to strengthen emotional, intellectual and physical development and prevent long-term problems.

Many parents find it hard to determine if their child's emotional development is on track. Our Early Recognition Specialist will partner with parents to achieve the best possible understanding of each child's strengths and needs with the following resources:

Screening: A simple review of basic developmental expectations offered in convenient settings like schools, health centers and other community locations. Our intention is to reach children who may have emotional needs as early as possible.


Assessment: Comprehensive assessment, for children who show some signals of emotional health issues during screening, will highlight needs and strengths of both child and family.


Connection:  Referrals to affordable local services that families may use.


Click here for more information about this program in English and Spanish.


ANDRUS provides support and treatment for 2,500 children and their families throughout Westchester suffering from emotional illness and trauma. The agency offers prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives.  ANDRUS has grown from its origins as an orphanage into a premier non-profit mental health, social service and special education provider and resource for Westchester.