In Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation recognized a local nonprofit organization for its dedication to helping financially disadvantaged students complete high school and college. Rotarians honored Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, whose goal is to “level the playing field” for poorer students. Each year, the program selects 10 economically eligible high school sophomores to enter a program that includes students being provided with a mentor, school supplies, weekly study sessions, tutoring, training for standardized tests, college preparation, time-management training and funding for exam fees for AP courses and college visits. Since its inception a decade ago, the program has helped more than 100 area students, some of whom have gone on to attend and graduate from prestigious colleges like RPI and Columbia University. For more information on the Rotary education foundation, visit saratogaspringsscholarships.org. For more information on Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, visit https://saratogasponsorascholar.org.
In Fort Edward, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office gave a special gift to a 10-year-old Whitehall boy suffering from brain cancer by making him an honorary captain in the department. John Hoague-Rivette was honored with the promotion during a ceremony earlier this month in Fort Edward that was attended by state, county and local police officers from around the region, school officials, teachers, classmates and other community members. John was diagnosed in May with a malignant glioma on his brain stem. In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, Sheriff Jeff Murphy arranged to have a special uniform made for John, who was scheduled to have surgery the day after the ceremony. John, who comes from a family of law enforcement and is a big fan of police, also got a tour of the sheriff’s station and a pizza party and got to meet the department’s police dog. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family with his medical bills and other expenses. As of Sunday, it had raised more than $14,000 toward its $30,000 goal. To donate and to learn more about John’s situation, visit bit.ly/2ZiM8Eg.
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