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Last Friday Terrie (the publisher of Hudson Valley Parent and Life magazines) and I (Bridget, the editorial assistant) traveled up to the charming city of Saratoga Springs, NY for the annual NYS PTA Convention. We had a booth at the convention and were showing off our published book The Undercover Kids: The Trunk in the Attic and our puppet Katie to parents, teachers and educators. Although that aspect of the convention was a lot of fun, I thought the best part was seeing what the other vendors were offering.
After talking a few walks around the convention site and stopping by a few booths, I managed to scrounge up a few interviews with some interesting vendors. One man worked for a business called the reflectory, which offers wide range of Reflectors for Photoelectric Controls, Industrial and Traffic Safety, Promotional Giveaways and Consumer Use for Visibility In The Dark! In Addition, they provide reflectors to the Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Routes to Schools. His name was Ray and he gave us some great safety advice, that we will be posting on our Hudson Valley Parent site soon, so keep on the lookout for that. I was especially surprised that Ray was based out of Newburgh like us, what a small world! We also talked to a woman from AGATE. AGATE is a non-profit organization of concerned parents, educators and advocates designed to promote the education and welfare of gifted and talented learners in New York State. Then there was Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, who gave us some great advice on how parents and educators can encourage healthy eating in children. Lastly we were fortunate to interview Youth for Human Rights Long Island Director, Sharon Schare, who was nice enough to take a few minutes to speak with us about the programs they offer. All of our videos will be on our main website, but are currently posted on our YouTube page if you want to check them out. It was great to meet so many people dedicated to changing children’s lives for the better. Other than helping parents parent, we feel that our magazine also helps shape children’s lives for a better and brighter future. How about you? Other than being the amazing parent’s we know you are, how do you try to enrich your children’s life everyday? Let us know, we would love to hear from you.