Each year, October begins an exciting time with lots of activities for you and your family. Whether you are dressing up or carving a Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween, I would ask that you please keep safety in mind. We’ve placed some safety tips in the newsletter to ensure everyone has a Happy Halloween.
October is also fire prevention month. It only takes a tiny spark in the right conditions to light something in your home or yard on fire. Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. It is important to remember that a fire needs three things to burn; fuel, oxygen and heat.
To help keep you and your family safe, your home comes with a fire extinguisher. If for some reason you do not have a fire extinguisher in your home, please call the community office and we will provide one for you.
Smoke detectors are also in all Corvias homes and are checked once a year by a maintenance technician during your yearly preventative maintenance inspection. A good practice is to change the batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
We greatly appreciate your service to our nation and if you have any questions please call the Community Office at (661) 385-6060.
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet. Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Please be courteous to your neighbors and scoop the poop! Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
Switch to LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights! LED holiday lights use about 90 percent less energy than traditional mini lights.
Trick or Treat hours on post will be from 6-8pm on Tuesday, October 31. Please watch our Facebook page for updates. While you and your kids are out enjoying the festivities please remember these safety tips to keep all of our little ghosts, super heroes, and princesses safe:
- Only Trick or Treat at homes that have their front porch light on (homes without their lights out are not participating)
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone! Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes or bags or hold a flashlight to help drivers see you.
- Examine all candy for tampering before eating them.
- Don’t eat homemade items from strangers.
- Look both ways before crossing the street! Use the sidewalks!
- Never enter homes and never accept rides from strangers!
Also with Halloween coming up it is important to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween by following a few simple precautions. Candles seem to provide a certain mystic with Halloween and therefore are most popular during this time of year, both in jack-o-lanterns and other decorations, which also leads to an increase in fires and injuries by open flames. Use of candles is strongly discouraged. There are several other products on the market that can substitute for open flamed candles such as battery operated candles and flashlights. Decorations, like cornstalks and hay bales are highly combustible and should never be brought into the home. They, along with other decorations made of crepe paper need special consideration when used. Keep them away from all heat sources like light bulbs, heaters and open flames. You also need to keep all exits clear and always keep at least 2 ways available to get out. Keep the area by your doorstep and walkways free of decorations so little ones do not trip over them.
When choosing a costume, remember ready-made ones are normally fire resistant, home-made ones are not. Be careful with long, draping and billowy fabrics that can easily be dragged across an open flame and ignite. Use make-up instead of a mask. If you are wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out. Use a flashlight or glow sticks for lighting and tell your children to stay away from open flames. Make sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if they do catch their clothes on fire. If your children are going to parties at their friends’ house, have them look for and plan ways out in case of an emergency.
The Foundation has awarded over $7 million to military families since 2006
East Greenwich, R.I. (September 19, 2017) – Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. Helping military spouses overcome economic hurdles by allowing them to equip themselves with the tools and accreditation to join the workforce has always been a key focus of the organization. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $100,000, each up to $5,000, to spouses of active-duty service members across the country.
“With active duty military families moving 2.4 times as often as civilians, or about every two to three years, we’re acutely aware of the barriers facing military spouses in their pursuit for employment opportunities,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “We are humbled by the perseverance and drive exhibited by every single one of these spouses and it’s a tremendous honor for all of us to play a role in their educational and professional journey.”
While each spouse comes from a unique background and they all have their own individual goals, there is a strong common thread of aspiring to help those who need a champion. For example, several of the recipients will further their studies to pursue work that helps and supports military families, a perfect encapsulation of the Foundation’s ripple-effect of giving. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring psychologists, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, and teachers.
Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $7 million through 385 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Following are our 2017 scholarship recipients:
Edwards Air Force Base, California
Nicoletta Pollice is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Advertisement/Public Relations and Strategic Communications from Pennsylvania State University. Her husband is TSgt Jason William Hoffman of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Cheryl Clanahan is a junior pursuing a Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Northern Virginia Community College. Her husband is Maj Keric Clanahan of the U.S. Air Force.
Rendi Kunz is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Radiography at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her husband is SPC Kyle Kunz of the U.S. Army.
Logan Posey is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus in Autism and Applied Behavior from Ball State University. Her husband is SSG Daniel Posey of the U.S. Army.
Tatum Price is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Medicine Science from Methodist University. Her husband is SFC William Albert Price Jr. of the U.S. Army.
Anna Weightman is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her husband is SPC Juan Perez of the U.S. Army.
Kaitlin Wonder is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Children & Families and Military Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her husband is SSG Lance Wonder of the U.S. Army.
Fort Meade, Maryland
Ana Mulio Alvarez is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from George Washington University. Her husband is SPC David Newkirk of the U.S. Army.
Nancy Flores is a freshman pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing at Anne Arundel Community College. Her husband is SSG Charles Flores of the U.S. Army.
Jennifer Szarek is a freshman pursuing Physician's Assistant program at Anne Arundel Community College. Her husband is SSG Daniel Szarek of the U.S. Army.
Fort Riley, Kansas
Caroline Brankley is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with minors in Business Administration and French at Kansas State University. Her husband is SPC Johnathan Brankley of the U.S. Army.
Jordan Hansel is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education at Kansas State University. Her husband is PV2 Jacob L. Hansel of the U.S. Army.
Angela Porritt is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching from Kansas State University. Her husband is CW2 Timothy James Porritt of the U.S. Army.
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Callie Beasley is a graduate student pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. Her husband is 2LT Scott Beasley of the U.S. Army.
Melody Smith is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University. Her husband is CW2 Reginal Smith of the U.S. Army.
McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas
Hannah Huff is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. Her husband is SSgt Andrew Huff of the U.S. Air Force.
Angela Saunders is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Bethel College. Her husband is TSgt Tyrone Saunders of the U.S. Air Force.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
As a privately-owned company headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential systemic problems and create long-term, sustainable value through our unique approach to partnership. Corvias pursues the kinds of partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life for the people who call our communities home, purposefully choosing to partner with organizations who share our values and whose mission is to serve as the foundational blocks, or pillars, of our nation. To learn more, please visit: www.corvias.com.
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