In Fonda, students and teachers at Fonda-Fultonville Central School recently raised nearly $ 1,500 and collected food and supplies for local animal shelters as part of the school’s annual fundraiser. Sherri Lott’s Spanish classes, Mary Brown’s senior business and economics students, and Sheri Lloyd’s FFA section spearheaded the fundraiser. This year’s effort raised $ 1,450 and a shipment of goods, which were split up and sent to Ayres Animal Shelter, James Brennan Humane Society, Montgomery County SPCA, Humane Society , Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Feline Guardian Angels, ASPCA. , Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the World Wildlife Fund.

In Rotterdam, Schenectady Rotary has awarded a grant of $ 977 to the Schenectady ARC Horticultural Center to help grow moms who are sold at local venues. The grant will be used to purchase a drip irrigation system at the ARC greenhouse in Rotterdam. The system will automatically hydrate over 800 moms and save 180 hours in greenhouse labor costs. Currently, the lack of an automatic irrigation system requires manual watering of the 2,000 square foot area of ​​ARC mother plants. Working to water plants by hand interferes with other pressing responsibilities of horticulture and direct care. The Rotterdam Horticultural Center has a 3,000 square foot commercial greenhouse, where 90 people with I / DD receive training in growing over 100 varieties of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables. They also design and create centerpieces for events and holidays.

At Ballston Spa, The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust recently awarded a grant of $ 25,000 to Saratoga County 4-H to use for its capital fund campaign for a new classroom. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County is raising funds for its ‘Lead the Legacy’ fundraising campaign to benefit the expansion of the 4-H Training Center on Middleline Road in Ballston Spa. The proposed project will provide three state-of-the-art classrooms and ADA accessible washrooms with showers. This expansion will have exponential possibilities for 4-H, CCE Equine, CCE Saratoga and the general public. For more information on the project and to donate, visit:

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