HIGH NOTES: Rotary Foundation grants, volunteer cleanup at nursery school, free bus rides in Amsterdam

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In Schenectady, the Schenectady Rotary Foundation has awarded grants to eight Schenectady-based nonprofit organizations to fund proposed projects. The organizations receiving grants by unanimous vote of the foundation trustees were: SUNY Schenectady County Community College Scholarship ($1,000); Habitat for Humanity ($500); Schenectady Day Nursery ($500); Reading is fun ($500); SCAP CRN Emergency ($500); SICM summer meals ($500); Giving Tree ($500); and Community Hospice for grieving children ($1,000).

In Schenectady, the KAPL Nova Society provided a group of volunteers – engineers and interns – to support a playground cleanup project at Schenectady Day Nursery on Lafayette Street. The volunteer work entailed a leaf and brush cleanup, power washing, minor repair and painting of playground equipment, partial replacement of a roof on a storage shed/doll house and repair of a damaged fence. The group showed up with rakes, buckets, leaf blowers, hammers, nails, a power washer and great volunteer spirit. The volunteers, who came from Fluor’s Niskayuna and Lafayette Street locations – worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schenectady Day Nursery is a non-profit childcare facility, founded in 1902, that supports families who live or work in Schenectady by providing childcare for up to 96 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The nursery provides universal pre-K services under contract with the Schenectady school district.

In Amsterdam, the Capital District Transportation Authority has teamed up with the Greater Amsterdam School District to provide unlimited free bus service to Amsterdam High School students. The service not only includes transportation to and from school but also applies to opportunities after school, such as for jobs. Officials said they hope the service will boost attendance as well. An annual investment of roughly $700,000 from the school district will cover the cost for 550 Amsterdam High School students initially representing about half of the school population.

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