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High Notes: Climate march, Special Olympics run, honoring a police officer

High Notes: Climate march, Special Olympics run, honoring a police officer

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Climate march, Special Olympics run, honoring a police officer
Students march in Niskayuna to stop global climate change
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

In Niskayuna, 12-year-old Avi Barr, a student at an Antwerp Middle School, organized a youth march to raise awareness and support for action to stop global climate change. The event, the Youth March for Global Climate Action, was held on the Niskayuna town green and featured a focus on recycling. It included music, speeches, a reading of the Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax,” (which focuses on economic and environmental issues), and a march to Niskayuna High School. Mohanasen High School biology teacher Adam Barr set up his personal sound system for the event, and local businesses donated equipment, paper, seeds and plants, and refreshments. Niskayuna earth science teacher Paul Scott delivered the keynote speech.

In Saratoga Springs, more than 1,100 athletes helped raise money for Special Olympics as part of the 22nd annual Jeff Clark Memorial Silks and Satins 5K race through the city. The run featured Special Olympic athletes helping out with the race, including providing water to runners along the route. Participants, who paid $25-$30 to enter the certified 5K race, were asked to donate gently used t-shirts to be distributed to backstretch workers at the Saratoga horse-racing tracks.

In Albany, Friends of rookie Albany police officer Dean Johnson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this month, have raised more than $1,000 through the sale of t-shirts in his memory to help raise money for his family’s expenses and for charitable donations in his name. Johnson, 25, a former legislative aide to state Sen. James Tedisco, was riding his motorcycle while off-duty in the town of Knox the afternoon of July 4 when he lost control and was fatally struck by an oncoming vehicle. The fundraiser, “Dean Johnson: Superman,” features special blue t-shirts with the police flag superimposed over the Superman “S” logo on the front and his initials, date of death and a quote from Erasmus, “Act honorably everyday,” on the back. The shirts sell for $25 and will be available for the next week, with the goal of selling 150. To purchase a shirt and/or to make a donation in his memory, visit www.customink.com/fundraising/officer-superman.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

Correction: An earlier version of this article included an incorrect name of the youth march student organizer.

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