In Schenectady, local fishermen and other sponsors helped raise more than $2,200 in the fight against childhood cancer as part of the 8th Annual Joe Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament on the Mohawk River earlier this month. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Tyler DeMarco Foundation to help it continue its fight against childhood cancer. The fishing tournament is held in memory of Joe Johnson, a well-known stock car racer, champion fisherman and longtime owner of Johnson’s Service Center in Rotterdam who died in June 2011 at age 65. The Tyler DeMarco Foundation was set up in honor of 9-year-old Tyler DeMarco, who was diagnosed in 2006 with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor, at age 9. He died in February 2010. The foundation provides research on pediatric cancer, as well as services to families and patients of children suffering from cancer. To learn more or to donate, visit https://www.tylerdemarcofoundation.org/
In Schenectady, the Schenectady Foundation has pledged $10,000 to help train parents and community members in ways to improve our schools through the new Schenectady Education Campaign. The effort is designed to “train parents and community members to be leaders in their school communities and push for structural reforms around school climate, parent engagement, restorative practices, and culturally responsive education,” according to a press release. To further help fund the campaign, local education advocates, in collaboration with the Public Policy and Education Fund, have launched an effort to raise an additional $5,000. Part of the role of the education leaders will be to serve as a voice for parents and to engage with school officials on providing proper educational resources and support for Schenectady students. For more information on the Schenectady Foundation, visit https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org. For more information on the Public Policy and Education Fund, visit https://ppefny.org.
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