Joe Robach understand that Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some education tips from the American Association Pediatrics (AAP). Joe Robach believes that education is key to staying safe this Halloween!

Costume safety:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

Home Safety:
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

Trick-Or-Treating Safety:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Other Education Tips:
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

Joe Robach hopes that these education tips will allow parents and children to have a safe and Happy Halloween!

For more helpful education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.



On Monday, October 22, 2012, Joe Robach and the Greece Central School District unveiled new education devices that will put technology into the hands of Greece elementary school students.  This project was done in an effort to increase students’ access to and understanding of technology, the district recently purchased 30 iPads for each school serving grades 3-5.

The education event was held at the Buckman Heights Elementary School Library.  During the event, fourth grade students used the iPads to research crayfish with the school librarian.  In addition to Buckman Heights, iPad stations have been added to Brookside Elementary School, Craig Hill Elementary School, Paddy Hill Elementary School, Pine Brook Elementary School and West Ridge Elementary School.  The devices will be housed in school libraries and used to enrich lessons that are planned collaboratively between classroom teachers and librarians. 

The Superintendent of schools said the addition of this new technology will go a long way in helping students meet the education goals of the Greece Central School District, which Joe Robach supports.  Starting in 2014, New York State has said it will require students to take state assessments electronically and the school district if pursuing grant funds to ensure adequate resources for students in each school.

“Providing our students and schools with the most up to date technology is vitally important to improving their education.  It is important that money is wisely invested into achieving results in our education facilities,” said Joe Robach.  Joe Robach secured $75,000 in education funding for this project.

For more education information, please contact the Office of Joe Robach.


On Friday October 12th, Joe Robach had the privilege to speak about education at the 2nd Annual Latino Student College Fair, which was held at City Hall. The day consisted of a morning program, which included speakers and presentations, followed by students having the opportunity to visit with officials from local education colleges and business organizations in the atrium of City Hall.

Over 150 students were in attendance for this year’s education event. This great education event provided students in our area the necessary resources to receive additional information on continuing their education once they graduate from high school. Joe Robach believes that higher education is important to help youth in our community succeed. “It is vitally important to provide high school students with education options as they move forward in their lives”, said Joe Robach.

The event also served as an opportunity to honor a high school senior who excelled in her education. Joe Robach was proud to honor this student who received the Dr. Emeterio M. Otero Academic Excellence Award. The education award was presented to the student during the morning portion of the program and family was on hand for the presentation.

In addition to the college fair, students listened to remarks from local government officials, representatives from the City, and the superintendent which encouraged them to pursue their secondary education. Following the program and college fair, students were provided lunch before heading back to school for the afternoon.

For additional education information, please contact the Office of Joe Robach.


On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Joe Robach participated in an education rally that focused on bully prevention in Monroe County. The goal of this event was to promote bullying prevention and promote education in the community. The education event that Joe Robach supported took place at the Highland Bowl and encouraged all citizens in the community to take a stand against bullying. The event brought together adults and teens and provided them with education on the topic of bullying.

Many officials, including Joe Robach, agree that bullying is a topic that needs to be addressed on a daily basis. This particular bully prevention rally was designed to help people obtain education to “step in and speak out” against the issue.

This bullying prevention education rally is part of a movement throughout Monroe County.  It should also be noted that October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

Joe Robach strongly believes that providing individuals, especially students, with education on bullying, that it can be prevented. Joe Robach supports educating the public to prevent bullying in the community.

For more education information on this topic, contact the office of Joe Robach.


On Thursday, September 27th, Joe Robach helped celebrate the opening of the new education building, Peckham Hall, at Nazareth College. Peckham Hall will be home to the Integrated Center for Math and Science. This new $30 million education building, on the campus of Nazareth College, will feature classroom and lab lecture rooms with modern technology and 20 labs to serve science, math and computing areas of studies. Peckham Hall will play an instrumental role in allowing students to obtain the best in math and science education. This new 74,000 square foot building will increase the number of students who pursue majors in the science and math fields as well as careers in heath and human services and teachers of math and science.  Joe Robach is supportive of providing high-tech education tools for students.  

“Providing students with a state-of-the-art education building will help them succeed in their college career and allow them to make the most of their chosen field. The math and science field continues to be an “in-demand” career choice and this new building will give students the best possible education tool. It is vitally important that our local higher education institutes are equipped with the best learning resources to help students succeeded with their career aspirations. I am happy to see that this building focuses on math, science and technology, as those are the fields that our state is striving to sustain,” said Joe Robach.

For more information on this education building or other initiatives, contact the Office of Joe Robach.