This week, I stopped by the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, located at 500 Maiden Lane, to deliver school supplies that I collected over the past month. Thank you to all of those who supported my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. Once again this year, I collected backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, and other necessary school supplies to donate to the clothes closet. Here I am pictured with Pat Licati, June Mangan, and Joan Wakefield. All are volunteers at the clothes closet.
On Sunday night, August 19th, the Rochester Red Wings hosted 'Strike Out Bullying' night as the team played host to the Empire State Yankees. Prior to the game, I had the privilege to join Citizens Against Teen Suicide to provide remarks and to present a bat, autographed by the Red Wings team, to Karen Klein of Greece, who was the victim of bullying on a school bus earlier this summer. The night also featured a guest appearance by former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John and motivational speaker Bob Holmes.
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at School #36. The playground is just one of the improvements to the school since the end of the school year in June. Following the ceremony, students and their parents were welcome to tour the school and see the changes to the exterior and interior of the building. Best wishes to the all the students, faculty, and staff at School #36 for a successful school year!
Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.
Today, many of our students across the area started the 2012-2013 school year. I had the privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Flower City School #54 in the city for their first day of school! Students had the opportunity to meet City of Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and take part in activities on The Green Machine. The Green Machine is a solar powered research vehicle, designed by Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Service. It is an interactive mobile science labratory that provides state-of-the-art technology in a curriculum-rich environment. It includes five workstations (CSI, Ecology, Geography, Zoology, and Medical), which students are assigned to work together in a specified scenario to solve a mystery.
Third grade students at Longridge Elementary school in Greece received their new dictionaries on Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to members of the Greece Rotary, Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, and Greece Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry also helped distribute dictionaries!
On Thursday morning, September 19th, I continued my 2012 Dictionary Project, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton. Here I am with Mr. Pat Billone, a teacher at West Ridge Elementary School in Greece, and some of his students. The Dictionary Project provides new dictionaries for 3rd grade students in Greece and Hilton. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton for your continued support!
On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony in which Hillside Family of Agencies unveiled it's $22 million renovated Monroe Avenue campus. Funding for the renovation was raised from private donors and funders and through numerous campaign over more then a decade. Renovations include six renovated residential buildings, the new Horton Family Center, a renovated Eastman Hall, a new common area, a new baseball field, track and playground, and one of the cottages now allows for residential services for eight youth with developmental disabilities. For further details, visit www.hillside.com.
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to visit with students at two schools in Hilton, Village Elementary School and St. Paul Lutheran School to continue the 2012 Dictionary Project with the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Greece. We wrap up the dictionary project for this year tomorrow when we visit Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece.
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to distribute new dictionaries to third grade students at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. This was the 11th and final school, in the Hilton and Greece School Districts, to receive new dictionaries this school year. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Greece for their support in this project once again. Best wishes to all of our students for a successful 2012-2013 school year!