Oneida Middle School student club wins $25,000 grant from State Farm after public voting process


SCHENECTADY – The Oneida Middle School student club Oneida Students for Anti-Racism watched live Wednesday morning as State Farm announced that it was one of the 40 winners of a $25,000 grant that the club will use to fund a student trip to the nation’s capital and other activities.

The Oneida student club was one of 200 finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants worth $25,000. The 10-day public voting process was in August.

The club will use the money to fund a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend an anti-racism book festival at American University, giving students a chance to meet authors and people they are reading and learning about in school and through the club.

It will also visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Schenectady’s delegation of legislators on Capital Hill. Grant money will also be used to form a student debate team and poetry slam program.

Yacouba Sangare, an Oneida teacher and the club’s adviser, noted that the club competed against powerful organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House.

“In the end, we pulled it off,” he said. “Never underestimate a community that wants to do good for their kids.”

State Farm representatives will be at Oneida next Thursday for a check presentation.

Reach reporter Brian Lee at 518-419-9766, [email protected] or @bleeschenectady on Twitter.

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