Funding will help students fix Schoharie storm damage

Students in Schoharie have already gotten a lesson on the damage flooding can do.

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Students in Schoharie have already gotten a lesson on the damage flooding can do.

Now, with the help of grant funding announced last week, they’ll be learning how to undo that damage.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $24,000 grant to the Schoharie campus of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School.

“By supporting schools like Capital Region BOCES, we believe we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees by helping provide improved learning environments and building stronger communities,” Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation chairman Marshall Croom said in a news release.

The money will pay for supplies students will need to put two recreational parks back together and add some storage to a local cemetery.

The bulk of the work will focus on Lasell Park in the village of Schoharie and work will also target the Fox Creek Park and the Sloansville Valley Cemetery in the town of Esperance.

The students wrote the grant application and chose the projects they wanted to pursue, Schoharie CTE Principal Denise M. Capece said Friday. “Many of the students were affected by the storms, so it came from very personal stories,” she said.

Construction, welding and heavy machinery will be among topics of the springtime learning experience for students studying a variety of courses including culinary, welding, construction, heavy equipment and criminal justice, Capece said.

All three sites were severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

Lasell Park, located off of Warner Hill Road, was impacted by massive runoff from heavy rains in the late-August storm.

The pavilion has to be demolished and after that, students will be building a new, 20-by-60-foot pavilion. They will also help repair roads leading to the park and build picnic tables, benches and grills.

Fox Creek overwhelmed the park named after it on Route 30 during the storms, as well as damaging the ball field and concession stand next to it.

Students from the Career and Technical School will be adding a sign, picnic tables and benches to replace what the creek took.

At the cemetery, hit hard by the Schoharie Creek, the students will put together a new 8-by-12-foot storage shed so the cemetery staff have a place to store supplies.

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