Rochester Academy Charter School administrators, parents, and students visited Albany on Tuesday, February 5th for Charter School Advocacy Day. RACS met with New York State congressmen and women to celebrate the successes of New York State Charter Schools, and specifically Rochester Academy Charter School. Senator Joe Robach also took some time out of his day to speak with Rochester Academy. Some key points from Charter School Advocacy Day include:
• 75,000 students are enrolled in 209 New York State Charter Schools
• More than 52,900 students are on waiting lists for New York State Charter Schools
• 84% of Charter Schools statewide are exceeding the average Math proficiency of their local district
Last night, I had the privilege to present a proclamation to Melis Schildkraut of Brighton. She was awarded a scholarship by The Credit Union Association of New York's Rochester Credit Unions. The Rochester Chapter Scholarship Awards Program, solely funded by the annual Rochester Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament, awards scholarships annually to High School seniors who are members of participating Rochester area Credit Unions. Scholarship applications are distributed to participating Credit Unions in November each year with entries being due in late January. Applicants are judged on their academic and essay writing skills, as well as their extra-curricular activities by a panel of volunteer judges.
Last weekend, I had the privlege to speak at the Rochester City School District Latino Parent Conference. More than 200 parents took part in this first-ever event. I thank the committee for putting on such a great and important event for our parents and families. Thank you also for the special recognition and plaque during the conference.
On Friday, I had the privilege to view work done by SNAP students at the Greece Central School District Re-Engagement Center. The students displayed photographs, poems, and artwork to promote the message of anti-bullying.
Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Rochester's College Town. College Town will be located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood, and will offer 500,000 square feet for retail, a hotel, a parking garage with 1,500 spaces, restaurants, and housing on a 14-acre development. The project received a $4 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak with students at the Rochester City School District Leadership Academy for Young Men. We discussed the duties of state government and what students need to do to be successful throughout high school and beyond. Here I am photographed with principal Wakili Moore and some of the students from the Leadership Academy for Young Men.
Recently, I attended an event to honor Paul Montanarello and Gladys Vasciannie. Both Paul and Gladys have dedicated much of their lives to education and helping individuals within the Rochester City School District. We are very fortunate to have not only Paul and Gladys, but the many people who dedicate their time helping and shaping the youth of our community. Thank you for all that you do!
On Saturday, June 22, I was pleased to join the 2013 class of Wilson Magnet High School at their graduation ceremony. Best of luck to the 300+ graduates of this year's class, we know you will represent our community well! I'm pictured here with Assistant to the Mayor Darryl Porter and graduates Cameron and Bailey.
I had a great time reading to Kindergarteners at the Horizons Summer Program at the Harley School for their annual Community Reading Day and Book Fair. This six week program focuses on math, reading and writing, and serves under-privileged youth from the City of Rochester.