HIGH NOTES: Computers, wheelchairs and glasses for Nigeria, farm education

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In Schenectady, Glorious Church recently donated computers, wheelchairs and glasses to help the people of Nigeria. Dr. Omotayo Orederu — founder and lead pastor of Glorious Church and a native of Ogun State, Nigeria — said the church donated 40 computers, 23 refurbished wheelchairs, and more than 3,000 pairs of glasses, all of which were donated from organizations around the Capital Region. The items are expected to arrive in Nigeria this month. The computer donation is part of a pilot program where elementary school-age children in Ibadan, Nigeria, will receive the computers to learn age-appropriate coding and programming. Throughout the pandemic, Orederu has donated food and supplies, and organized food drives, once partnering with local elementary school to provide food for their food pantry and donated backpacks and school supplies. To learn more about Dr. Omotayo Orederu and Glorious Church, visit www.glorious-church.org.

In Galway, the Saratoga County Farm to School program last month helped students in the Galway school district learn about farming and cold-storage of fruits and vegetables as part of the district’s first Harvest of the Month. The students highlighted apples. Elementary art teacher Lynn Wasserman opened her classroom to highlighting the Harvest of the Month apples to all of her classes in grades pre-K through six during their art period. Students were able to taste their apples and give feedback on what they thought about them – if they thought the apples were sweet, crunchy, tart, dry, juicy, soft and/or hard. They also were able to color some educational apple coloring pages. Wasserman also spoke to the students about where they can get local apples, and why it is important to eat locally sourced products and produce. The students also learned about the parts of an apple, different types, and the season of an apple tree. For more information about Saratoga County Farm to School Program visit ccesaratogacounty.org Agriculture – Farm to School or email Farm to School Coordinator Nicolina Foti at [email protected]

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