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>Salvation Army offers after-school program

The Salvation Army is offering an after-school program for children ages 5 to 12.

The program offers many activities, including arts and crafts, homework help, music and playtime in the gym and on the playground from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 960 Main St.

The registration fee is $75 per child, and the weekly cost is $50. For more information, call 883-9800, Ext. 250.

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>$650,000 in stimulus funds will go to special education

The Orchard Park Central School District has learned it will receive more than $650,000 in federal stimulus funds.

The grant will be used for special-education programs, including Response to Intervention.

School districts in New York are required to have a Response to Intervention program in place for kindergarten through fourth grade by 2012. The stimulus money will allow the district to begin hiring intervention specialists and aides, and to start training teachers, said Superintendent Joan D. Thomas.

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>Daemen College schedules driver safety course

The Western New York Driver Safety Program will offer a state-certified six-hour point- and insurance-reduction course later this month.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Duns Scotus Hall at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder. The fee is $30. To preregister, call (800) 232-0235 or 636-4151.

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>Conference will focus on improved health care

Creating a Health Community will be the theme for the third annual conference of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York scheduled for Thursday and Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Online registration and additional information can be found at p2wny.org.

Featured speakers include Joe and Terry Graedon of the radio program and newspaper column The People's Pharmacy; Dr. Frederick J. Bloom, Jr., assistant chief quality officer of the Geisinger Health System; Dr. Bruce Siegel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Kathryn A. Foster, director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute.

The P2 Collaborative focuses on quality improvement in health care. The conference will cover some of the group's work and present talks on three key topics -- health equity, healthy lifestyles and regional quality improvement.

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