State Senator Patty Ritchie helped kick-off NYSSMA’s ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ in Albany this week, attending a performance by the All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble; made up of vocalist from across New York State, including Northern New York.
(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Watertown High Schoool Student Maria Bufalini, and her parents, Cindy and John)
It’s often said that to teach, is to touch a life forever. Throughout our region, there are countless educators who are doing just that—impacting young lives and enabling students to succeed each and every day.
Many teachers go above and beyond to inspire those they educate. I want to show my appreciation and support for these teachers and all others in the education field .To do so, I have created the “Teaching Excellence” award.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized nearly 200 Central Square Middle School students recently for their participation in the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.”
In Senator Ritchie’s district more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—took part in the statewide program and shared their poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for.
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” This question, posed by Hollywood legend—and library lover—Katherine Hepburn, is one I often ask myself. From books and videos to community events and computer access, today’s libraries offer so much in the way of entertainment and education.
Here in Central and Northern New York, we’re fortunate to have one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in the state. Of the 7,000 public libraries in New York State, more than 50 are right here in our backyard.
Senator Looks to Help Schools Facing Cuts After Budget Defeat
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured a special $160,000 state grant to help the General Brown School District, which is facing a new round of budget cuts following voters’ rejection of the district’s budget proposal.
The funding, from a special state fund controlled by the Senate, is specifically earmarked for the purchase of two replacements for school buses that were destroyed in a massive fire last year, giving the district more flexibility in its spending plan to meet other needs.
Teachers Receive Special Funding for Classroom Enrichment
More than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were each awarded $500 in special funding for classroom enrichment at Senator Patty Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program, held Thursday in Watertown.
The funding—which represents a $22,000 addition to the increase in state education funding local schools received this year—will be used by educators for technology, supplies and other improvements in the classroom.