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Construction Career Day

GLENMONT - On April 25-26, high school students from around the region will take part in the 11th Annual Capital District Construction Career Day, a two day hands on event designed to introduce youth to the many opportunities available in the construction industry.

The event will be attended my professionals from over 30 local companies, state agencies, and labor organizations.

The construction industry is on the rebound in New York State, and the Governor has recogized the importance of investing in New York's infrastructure which will put people back to work.

The event will be at Tri-Cities Laborers Training Facility in Glenmont.

Citizens Bank seeks student applicants for scholarship program

ALBANY - Applications for the Citizens Bank's TruFit Good Citizen Student Scholarship program are now being accepted.

Last year, the scholarship program awarded a total of $50,000 to college students whose volunteer efforts made a difference in their communities.

This year, 40 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and current college students across the country who have been active in community service.

Applicants are asked to write an essay of no more than 250 words or record a 60-second video summing up their responsibility and leadership skills gained through community service experiences.

The scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The application period ends on Monday, April 30. For full details, rules and to apply CLICK HERE.


Drama Club celebrates poetry month

COPAKE - The Taconic Hills High School Drama Club will recite eight of Shaespeare's sonnets at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.  After each recitation the sonnet will be sung by Keith Spencer accompanied by pianist Mark Jones.

The performances are scheduled for Sunday, April 1, at 2p. Admission is free and all Voluntary contributions will help support the drama club.


Taconic Hills High to hold music showcase

COPAKE - On Saturday, March 31, the Taconic Hills High School will present a music showcase at the Roeliff Jansen Library.

The concert, which is free to the public will showcase the talents of Taconic High music students.

The concert is at 7p and any proceeds from voluntary donations will benefit music programs at the school.

For more information, please call 518-325-5020.

Cancer research fundraiser

SCHODAK - On Friday, March 16, from 12:30p-2p, over 60 students, teachers, and community members will shave their heads at a St. Baldrick's event. The event is organised by the Maple Hill High School Social, Economic and Global Awareness class. The group has already raised $10,000 for childrens cancer research.

St. Baldricks is an event created in 1999 by a group of Irish-American executives in New York City. They decided to turn their St. Patricks Day party into a fundraiser to benefit children with cancer.

The event will be held in the auditorium of the high school.



Last Days To Vote

SCHOHARIE - While students in the Schoharie School District enjoy winter break this week, they'll be working to "get out the vote."

The district is among 12 finalists in a national competition sponsored by Samsung. The grand prize winner receives $100,000 in new technology for its school. 

"This will mean day and night difference for our students, trying to be competitive," said English teacher Amie Hausmann.

The district is desperate for new computer equipment and a morale boost after Tropical Storm Irene plowed into the village.

Hausmann lost her home during Irene in August 2011. She understood the loss so many of her students were going through.

Six months later, the village is recovering. The disaster has proved to be a teaching moment in her classroom every day since.

Local students and teachers will display artwork

Local students and teachers will display artwork

An exhibit at the Empire State Plaza will feature hundreds of pieces of art by local students and teachers.

There will be a press conference to open the exhibit at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at the Empire State Plaza Concourse. Students from grades kindergarten through eighth grade from 10 different school districts will be exhibiting original artwork inspired by the Empire State Plaza Art Collection.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month and is also a collaboration with the Capital Area Art Supervisors. It will feature nearly 500 pieces created by students.

Local schools and school districts involved include:

  • Bethlehem
  • Niskayuna
  • Cairo/Durham
  • Voorheesville
  • Guilderland
  • Ichabod Crane
  • Mohonasen
  • Schenectady
  • North Colonie Central School District
  • Shenendehowa school districts