NY Rising Students Share Their Expertise

After nearly one year of learning about how to be prepared for a variety of emergencies one encounters living in NYC, our New York Rising students shared their knowledge about basic preparedness with students in Class W2.  Reviewing the commonalities for a variety of “disasters,” both natural and man-made, the New York Rising students taught the W2 students about the importance of having:

1. An emergency plan in place with which the entire family is familiar.

2. Having two meeting places (one near the home and one at some distance in case the neighborhood is inaccessible).

3. Having a Go-Bag ready for each family member.

4. Keeping emergency supplies on hand and a first aid kit.

5. Knowing from where up-to-the-minute information can be obtained during an emergency.

To make your own Emergency Plan, click here!

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Idiom of the Week: All Ears

Meaning: To be paying attention; to be listening carefully.


Go ahead and speak – I’m all ears.

The customer service representative said she was all ears when the customer told her he had a problem.

“Are you listening to me?” “Of course! I’m all ears!”

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of all ears?

A.  Inattentive

B.  Focused

C.  Attentive

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NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar


The 2017 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar is now available:

The 2017 New York City Taxi Drivers Calendar, a comedic take on the traditional pin-up, features 12 of the city’s most scintillating and good-humored yellow cab drivers.

A portion of each calendar sale will go to University Settlement, America’s oldest settlement house (1886), based in New York City and serving over 30,000 immigrant and working individuals and families every year with basic services like quality education, housing, recreation and wellness opportunities, and literacy programs.

Click here to buy it or to see inside!

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Thanks in Advance Revisited

Here are some fun quotations and images from the web using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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The American Thanksgiving

From the New York Times:

Americans all come from somewhere. Their families may have roamed the continent for thousands of years before the Mayflower dropped anchor. They may have been on the ship. They may have come on later ones, freely or in chains. They may have come by truck, train or airplane. They came. And their journeys are reflected in the food they or their descendants eat. The Times asked 15 families from across the country to show us the holiday dishes they make that speak most eloquently about their heritage and traditions. The stories of these home cooks help tell the story of the nation, the story of who we are.

To read more and to view some great videos, click here.

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Idiom of the Week: Thanks in Advance

Meaning: Said to someone before they help you or do something nice for you.


Thanks in advance for watching my kids next weekend.

I just want to say thank you in advance to all the people who will be volunteering at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

“I’m going to make a big pumpkin pie for you.” “Thanks in advance!”

Pop Quiz:

Your friend is going to lend you her car on Friday. When should you not say “Thanks in advance” to her?

A.  On Thursday.

B.  On Friday.

C.  On Saturday.

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