High Notes: Playground, charity convoy, BBQ for child nutrition

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
Volunteers on the Steinmetz Homes playground project
Volunteers on the Steinmetz Homes playground project

Categories: Editorial, Opinion

In Schenectady, dozens of volunteers from Foresters Financial in Latham, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, and the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority all came together with the KaBOOM! organization to build a playground for local children at Steinmetz Homes in Schenectady. The old playground had been removed due to safety concerns. More than 1,200 children aged 2-12 are expected to be served by the new equipment, which takes up about 2,400 square feet and includes a twirling slide, rock climbing wall, tire swing and other features. KaBOOM! is a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children. For information on KaBOOM!, visit https://kaboom.org. For information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, visit: www.bgcschenectady.org.

In Schenectady, volunteers from Zion Lutheran Church and Schenectady Day Nursery will be out in force on Friday to help raise money for Schenectady Day Nursery’s “Nutrition Program.” As part of the event, chef and retired police officer “Little John” will serve chicken barbecue dinners as a fund raiser for SDN. The Zion parking lot at 153 Nott Terrace is the new location for SDN’s Fall BBQ To Go. Drive-through take-out meals will be available from 4 to 6:30 p.m. or until all the dinners sell out. Schenectady Day Nursery is a non-profit, licensed childcare company offering daycare services and early learning programs for young children. For more information, visit: http://www.schenectadydaynursery.org.

In Fonda, area residents and local truck operators, fire companies and emergency responders helped raise money and donations for the 810 WGY Christmas Wish Program and the Leather Stocking Honor Flight as part of the fifth annual Convoy for a Cause. The convoy — which featured a long line of horn-honking trucks, tractor-trailers, fire trucks and ambulances — paraded along Route 5 from Amsterdam to Fonda collecting money and toys. Each vehicle participating in the convoy was asked to contribute $50 and one new unwrapped toy for Capital Region Toys for Tots.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected].

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