In South Glens Falls, students at South Glens Falls High School helped raise a record $837,859.97 by dancing for 28 hours as part of the 42nd annual South High Dance Marathon. The charity event, in which students raised money for 39 charities and individuals in need this year, has collected more than $7.3 million for more than 500 causes and individuals since it began in 1978. In addition to more than 80 percent of the student population participating in the dance (having first had to collect a certain amount of money to participate), local businesses, individuals, school staff and administrators donate money and put in countless hours to organize and host this incredible event. For more information on the dance marathon and to make a donation or apply to become a recipient next year, visit: http://shmd.org/.
In Voorheeseville, the community has rallied to raise money on a GoFundMe page for the children of a well-known social worker, caseworker and beloved community advocate who died last month. Paige Parker, known for helping troubled you and others struggling with problems at home such as abuse, left behind two sons, P.J. and Noah, when she passed away Feb. 15 at the age of 48. She’d spent the last 20 years serving the community, and the community has responded by helping her children with their college tuition. More than $40,000 was collected in the first day of fund-raising. By Sunday afternoon, more than 600 individual donors had contributed a total of $86,243 toward an $80,000 goal. To make a donation, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/pj-noah-college-fund.
In Waterford, a local snow plow operator’s quick thinking and action may have saved the lives of three local residents whose house was on fire. State Department of Transportation plow operator Aaron Gagliardi was in the area plowing at night following recent snowstorm when he noticed flames coming from a home on Third Street. He immediately stopped his plow, ran up to the home, got the address and called 911 operators, and then alerted three occupants of the home — a woman on the first floor and a man and his teenage son on the second floor — to the fire. He was able to get all of them out of the home uninjured.
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High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]