HIGH NOTES: Food for needy kids, shaved heads for cancer

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

Categories: Editorial, Opinion

In Schenectady, members of the Union men’s lacrosse program helped raise nearly $50,000 for cancer research by shaving their heads in support of the Lacrosse for Life Foundation. A group of 46 players and coaches shaved their heads for the cause, joining more than 60 lacrosse programs across the country that participated in the initiative. Union College’s program helped raise $46,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the world’s foremost pediatric research hospitals. Coach Derek Witheford joined his players in shaving his head. Lacrosse for Life lined up a group of anonymous donors who committed to donate $1,000 for each participant whose head was shaved. The initiative has spread throughout the world of college lacrosse, with teams around the country combining to raise more than $2 million for cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

In Niskayuna, a group of area college students forced to leave their campuses earlier this month because of the coronavirus outbreak were among the volunteers who recently helped to provide food for those in need through the Helping Hands for Niskayuna group. The students turned out in a parking lot recently to give out bags of food from the Nisky NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) program to families whose children need food. Helping Hands was formed to help senior citizens, the disabled, the medically frail and those with transportation issues deal with the outbreak. Students also planned to volunteer to grocery shop for homebound seniors and to check up on them at home to ensure they’re OK. For more information on Nisky NOW, to obtain food or to donate, visit: https://www.niskayunaschools.org/niskynow/.

In Schenectady, the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation donated $3,000 toward the Weekend Backpack Program to help nearly 40 students with necessary supplies in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The students are on a waiting list for the backpack program, which provides backpacks full of nutritious food to supplement the weekend meals of those who would not usually have access to it. The Weekend Backpack Program serves about 1,000 Schenectady students. Since 2006, the foundation has provided 370 grants worth more than $302,000. For additional information about the foundation or to make a donation, visit http://scsdeducationfoundation.org/ or visit the Schenectady Schools Education Foundation page on Facebook.

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