In Schenectady, the Reading Is Fun Program (RIF) earlier this month held its inaugural Scrabble-Rama competition/fundraiser and raised nearly $4,000 to support its efforts to help local children’s educational development. The Scrabble tournament featured 60 players, each paying a $20 participation fee, organized into 20 teams to compete in three games for $300, $200 and $100 cash prizes. The event included a complimentary continental breakfast and a raffle, both made possible by the generous support of local individuals and business donors. RIF’s mission is to keep mobilizing a large cohort of volunteers to work on reading and conversational skills with children age 4-9 in pre-K, kindergarten and grades 1-3 in Schenectady’s 11 elementary schools. The organization also donates thousands of children’s books each year to Schenectady youngsters. For more information on RIF, contact [email protected] and [email protected]
In Lake George, more than 80 Scotia-Glenville High School GIVE students, staff and community members took part in the Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge at Shepard Park Beach. The Tartan Plungers raised almost $9,000 for Special Olympics in their fourth year of “Freezin’ For a Reason.” GIVE (which stands for Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) is a student-run service learning program in which students perform public service and take classes to help them reflect on that service. For more information on their efforts, visit: https://www.scotiaglenvilleschools.org/senior-high-school/parent-information/give-service-learning-program/
In Scotia, volunteers from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church recently collected and donated 770 food items for the Scotia-Glenville Food Pantry. Our Redeemer took on a challenge from Thrivent Financial to collect 500 food items. In addition to collecting food for this food drive, church volunteers deliver food items collected at the church nearly every week. Members also make offerings to the food pantry that are forwarded on a monthly basis.
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