High Notes: March 6, 2017

Celebrating good news in our communities
Dancers fill the gymnasium for the 40th annual South High Marathon Dance on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Dancers fill the gymnasium for the 40th annual South High Marathon Dance on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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In Glenville, Chris Trow, the owner of a local software company, is helping local low-income high school graduates get the international experience of a lifetime by sponsoring them on the Class Afloat, a Canada-based tall-ship that takes students on a year-long tour around the world. Students serve as crew on the ship and take classes, in addition to visiting numerous countries. Trow sponsors one or two local students each year and is hoping to enlist local businesses, foundations and other individuals to donate to his new Class Afloat Foundation USA so more students can take part.

In South Glens Falls, more than 800 high school students, along with the help of teachers, administrators, community volunteers, parents and local businesses, participated in the 39th annual South High Marathon Dance over the weekend to raise money for charitable organizations and individuals in need. Students dance for 28 hours straight during the event, held at South Glens Falls high school, as well as participate in other fund-raising events such as raffles, hair-cutting and face-painting. The kids work incredibly hard throughout the year on the event, and especially during the marathon dance, which has become a model for other dances like it across the country. Among the 40 recipients of this year’s dance were the Alzheimer Association, Lyme Action Network, the Moreau Rescue Squad, the Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center, and numerous individuals and their families in need of money to pay medical and living expenses. Last year, the dance raised more than $762,000, and prior to this year had raised a cumulative total of more than $5.6 million for the community.

In Niskayuna, 11-year-old Zach Apkarian and his family have raised more than $1,000 over the last three years to support a North Carolina program that helps monitor and assist sea turtles. The Sunset Beach Turtle Watch nonprofit organization provides sea turtle education, monitoring and nest relocation, as well as operates a hospital for sea turtles that occupy North Carolina’s beaches. Organization volunteers record turtle hatchings and help hatch-lings reach the ocean safely before they can be scooped up by seagulls and other predators. To raise money for the program, Zach encourages others to make a donation instead of giving him birthday gifts. For information on the organization, visit sunsetbeachturtles.org.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected].

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