HIGH NOTES: Stepping up to encourage voting, supplies for students, pandemic help for businesses


In Schenectady, a group of 33 Schenectady High School students helped promote voting among young, eligible voters by creating a video that featured students step-dancing. The video, “Step to Vote,” was created by the Schenectady High School dance department, in collaboration with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Learning Library and Soul Steps. The idea – hatched by high school dance teachers Eric Hatch, Sheila Los and Daniela Cipriano – was designed to both encourage young people to vote, as well as demonstrate that students care about the world. To watch the video, visit: https://www.facebook.com/126637230700921/videos/368400807828476.

In Wilton, the Saratoga County Capital Resources Corporation (SCCRC) has donated $10,000 to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Locals campaign. The funds will be used to create a help line for use by businesses in Saratoga County during the pandemic, as well as help promote local independently owned businesses. In addition, the campaign will include a new Take Out Promotion to support area restaurants, and an Online Gift Card Promotion to support Saratoga County businesses that sell gift cards online. For information on the Save Our Locals campaign, visit the chamber’s website, https://www.saratoga.org/, and click on the green Save Our Locals tab.

In Schenectady, the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties recently donated more than $2,000 worth of materials and supplies to approximately 200 students at Yates Elementary School. About 75% of the school’s students are attending classes remotely, so the supplies were distributed to families at Steinmetz Park. For information on the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties and to donate, visit: https://www.jlschenectadysaratoga.org/.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]



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