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Schuylerville Art Club

The Schuylerville Art Club painted the mural on AAC Family Wellness Centers' windows to boost both the company and the students' work. From left are Jennifer Steele, Jenna Benware, Natalie Myers, Reagan Hutchinson and Zoe Andrews. Myranda Gale also contributed to the work, but is not pictured.

Schuylerville Art Club members took their work on the road as they collaborated with a local company to decorate a downtown storefront.

The artists drew “Smurfs” characters on the glass windows of the AAC Family Wellness Centers in October.

Kirt Winslow, a district art teacher and adviser for the club, said it is the third year the club and chiropractic center worked together to share the students’ work. The center gets to share that they assist children’s chiropractic needs as well as adults’, while the students garner the eyes of the community for their window work.

“They think it’s really, really important,” Winslow said of the club. “… It’s having the public see their work rather than having them coming to the school. … It’s our way of giving to the community as well.”

The Schuylerville Art Club has 29 total members. The window mural was done by Jennifer Steele, Jenna Benware, Natalie Myers, Reagan Hutchinson, Zoe Andrews and Myranda Gale.

Phone-a-thon to begin

Queensbury residents will have the chance to make a big difference for graduating students.

The Queensbury Community Scholarship Association will have its phone-a-thon to raise money for scholarships starting Monday.

Students will donate time this Monday through Wednesday to make calls from 5 to 8 p.m. The goal is to receive donations that will benefit the graduating class through scholarships. The association gives about $25,000 to $30,000 annually, which 70 to 90 students benefit from, organization President Wendy Schiavi said.

“Our goal is to get as many kids to apply (for scholarships),” Schiavi said. “Even if we are giving them 300 bucks, it is paying for their books. Higher education is unbelievably expensive.”

The scholarships are of different amounts and have varying qualifications. For example, Schiavi said the Eric Ackner Scholarship gives about $2,000 for a student who is pursuing special education studies, speech or a related field.

There will be mailers sent out to district taxpayers who own homes, but those who rent in district may not receive information on the event. If interested in donating, contact the school district or find the association’s Facebook page to inquire on a donation slip.

Career and college ready

The College for Every Student Brilliant Pathways organization was awarded a U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant of $11.6 million to better serve the seven rural districts it aids in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, including the Ticonderoga Central School District.

The organization helps 101 schools in the United States and Ireland, according to its website, with the mission to assist students in being college- and career-ready.

The grant was acknowledged in a conference at its North Country center on Friday.

The organization noted that less than 23 percent of residents in the three counties possess a bachelor’s degree, compared to 30 percent nationally and 35 percent for New York state.

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Andrew David Kuczkowski is the education reporter. Andrew can be reached at 518-742-3354. Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ByKuczkowski.



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