Issues: Education

Senator Bonacic At the Groundbreaking for the New and Expanded Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello.

Senator Bonacic thanks all those who worked tirelessly to advocate for a new, expanded library in the Village of Monticello.  

(At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello, September 15, 2014.)

September 16, 2014
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The Groundbreaking for the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello

Senator Bonacic attended the ground-breaking to kick off the construction of the expanded Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Monday, September 15, 2014.

September 15, 2014
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Heavenly Productions Foundation Backpack Donation Event

Thanks to the Heavenly Productions Foundation, 600 backpacks and other school supplies were given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers on Friday, September 12th. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Mike Spano, Principal Natalie Davy, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, and John Wallace, former New York Knicks player and board member of the foundation.

September 13, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS CELEBRATE OPENING OF JCC DORMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community leaders, college officials and students recently for the opening of Jefferson Community College’s new residence hall. 

Known as “East Hall,” the dormitory complex can host nearly 300 students.

 

September 11, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER HOSTS ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVEAWAY FOR 600 SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Brooklyn, NY – For the seventh consecutive year, State Senator Kevin Parker and Sesame Flyers International, Inc., hosted Harvest Fest – an end-of-summer /  back-to-school celebration for Brooklyn families at Paerdegat Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Over 500 families came out for the event which included face painting, games, fitness and nutrition resources and CPR instruction to children and their parents. 

September 10, 2014
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The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering opens at the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown was officially dedicated on September 4, 2014. This stunning new addition to the college will offer the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math.

September 5, 2014
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Promoting Virtual Learning in the Classroom

Legislation creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – For many students in New York State, the classroom experience is being transformed through the development and implementation of virtual learning initiatives. While a number of schools are using these tools to provide students with access to unique courses and instruction, the lessons being learned along the way need to be applied statewide.

A bill passed in the Senate, (S.5509-C), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program to address this issue.

September 4, 2014
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Reminder to motorists: Students are back in school

Good luck and best wishes to students across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a productive and successful 2014-2015 school year!

And a reminder to area motorists to drive safely.  Read more in the Star-Gazette, "School starts today, passing school bus can be costly" 

September 3, 2014
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GCSD Readies for the New School Year

With the start of the new school year upon us, I had the opportunity to join teachers and administrators from the Greece Central School District they get to work in the classroom. It was great seeing the passion and dedication from everyone at GCSD, working to get the most out of every student.

September 3, 2014
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John Williams School #5 Grand Re-Opening

I was pleased to join Mayor Warren, Superintendent Vargas and other City of Rochester and Rochester City School District Officials in celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of John Williams School #5. This transformation and remodeling will provide a better learning environment for School #5 students and teachers, all in a state of the art facility. Congratulations and welcome back John Williams School #5!

August 28, 2014
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WDKX Back to School Rally

It's (almost) that time of the year again, back to school! I recently joined 103.9 WDKX and officials from the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District for a Back to School rally. This was a great event, with tons of helpful information and even some free school supplies for parents and students as they get ready to start a new school year. Many thanks to WDKX for hosting this rally and for all that they do in our community. 

August 26, 2014
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HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 25, 2014
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New Funding Secured to Expand Proven-Effective Program that Boosts Student Achievement

Higgins, Kennedy, Ryan Deliver $400,000 to Expand Cradle Beach’s Project SOAR, which is Improving Student Performance within Buffalo Public Schools.

New Funding will Allow Project SOAR to Serve Up to 380 Buffalo Students.

Funding will Protect Project SOAR at Lovejoy Discovery School, Southside Elementary School and Lorraine Academy; Support Expansion into International Preparatory School.

August 22, 2014
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Back to School Supplies Drive

With the new school year quickly approaching, I'd like to announce that I will once again be holding my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. From now until September 30, I will be collecting school supplies and backpacks to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. 

Please click the link below for more information. Thank you for your help on this project. 

August 20, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL LIBRARIES

GRANTS TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY BASED PROGRAMS   

August 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Donates Backpacks and School Supplies

Senator Valesky stopped at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango to donate backpacks full of school supplies to the Chittenango Area Association of Churches school supplies drive held in August. Midge Daviau, chair of the school supplies drive, and her grandkids Aime and Tyler accepted the donation.

August 15, 2014
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Gallivan announces library grants

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:44 am

August 15, 2014
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August 13, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $84,000 FOR MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMS

Funding to Benefit Central and Northern New York Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $84,000 to help support music and arts programs in Central and Northern New York Schools. 

“Often times, when schools are forced to make cuts it’s programs like music and art that are the first to go,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“I know that these programs are an integral part of a child’s education; allowing them to develop and express their talents.  I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards ensuring that music and arts programs remain in our schools to offer students with the opportunities they deserve to learn and grow.”

August 13, 2014
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