In Saratoga Springs, local students are practicing their music while raising money for two local organizations through the inaugural Practice-A-Thon event. Throughout the month of March, about 700 students in grades 6-12 at Maple Avenue Middle School and Saratoga Springs High School are accepting donations in exchange for hours practiced on their instruments and for chorus. Friends, family and members of the community make pledges based on the number of hours they practice per week. All the money raised will go directly to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Franklin Community Center. The effort is not only designed to raise money, but to inspire students to practice their instruments at a time when it’s challenging for them to find motivation due to less practice time together in bands and choruses. To learn more about the program and to sponsor a student, visit https://www.fomtoga.org/practiceathon.
In Niskayuna, Niskayuna Fire District #1, the Grand Boulevard Fire Company and the Niskayuna Permanent Firefighters Association have raised $6,750 to provide food for school district families with a St. Patrick’s Day dinner event. The firefighters’ drive-thru St. Patrick’s Day meal at the River Road fire station on Wednesday is raising money for Nisky Nutrition On Weekends. The organization provides food for families in the school district on weekends and during school breaks, when in-school meals are not available to them. The traditional Irish dinners, which cost $15 each, will include corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and dessert. The fire company donated $2,800 to fund the event. All 450 tickets for the meals have been sold, but the departments are also hoping to collect donations for the food program. To donate to Nisky Nutrition On Weekends, make a check out to Nisky NOW and mail it to 1737 Union St. #132, Niskayuna 12309. Or donate on Paypal by searching [email protected] Or visit: https://www.niskyschools.org/niskynow/?fbclid=IwAR1qsW76e_BW_xBvz_qXbQTvWkdKNdUWSOX0R6M1349RTNht-gAkKtM195M.
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