In Amsterdam, the local Hannaford store is helping fight local hunger by donating $1 from every purchase of the $2.50 Hannaford Fight Hunger Bag. Funds from the sale of Fight the Hunger bags will help the community group, Grow Amsterdam, build the Kimball community garden, where community members can grow their own food or learn how. Since its founding in 2016, Grow Amsterdam has helped community members grow their own food in community gardens and diverted more than 26,000 pounds of food scraps from landfills through Compost Works, a community food scrap drop-off program. For more about Grow Amsterdam NY, visit: https://www.growamsterdamny.org/.
In Clifton Park, several National Honor Society art students and their advisers from the Shenendehowa High School are painting two murals on the walls of the Clifton Park courtroom. The murals will be used as background for the estimated 100 weddings that take place in the courtroom during the year, Clifton Park Town Justices Robert A. Rybak and James F. Hughes said in praising the students. The students are: Charlotte Crummack, Jana Nayfeh, Shashi Paridi, Mary Sinnott, Xiomara Stevens, Cadence Zaremski, Ashley Zhang and Marlie Ziobrowski. Student advisers Lisa David and Robin McKenna from the Shen Art Department are mentoring the students for this project.
In Schenectady, the Schenectady Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) honored four students for demonstrating qualities of good character, dependability, service, leadership and patriotism as part of its annual Good Citizens Award luncheon at the Turf Tavern in Scotia. As part of the application process, students each wrote an essay on a patriot they admire. The students chosen for 2023 are Alexa Brown of Mohonasen High School, Vera Amirbekian of Niskayuna High School, Merrick Rash of Schalmont High School and overall winner Andrew David Longo of Duanesburg High School.
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