Pre-K Program Serves More Students Thanks to Foundation-Funded Bus

UTICA – Five-year-old Aaron Howard almost shivers with excitement while rattling off his morning routine. “I play on the bus,” he says wide-eyed. “No, I don’t play on the bus. I ride on the bus,” he adds, eyes widening. “I put my seat belt on,” he continues, jumping up and…
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Rachel’s Challenge Program Fostering Kindness in Herkimer County Schools

FRANKFORT – Sixteen-year-old Kali Fennimore was the new kid again. Frankfort-Schuyler High School would be Kali’s third new school. She had already prepared herself to face the old feelings and experiences of being the new kid. Isolation. Loneliness. Sadness. Kali walked into the Frankfort-Schuyler High School office in October. Tino…
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Geoffrey Canada Brings Inspiring Message to Community

As the 2012 featured presenter in The Community Foundation’s Speakers Series, Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), stimulated the minds and emotions of more than  1,400 people at Mohawk Valley Community College Oct. 17. His efforts to end generational poverty through an umbrella of social and…
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Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

Serving in the United States military is a job not always done or left on the battlefield. It’s one that many veterans carry with them in various forms, for indefinite periods of time. Today, it’s understood specialized post-service care — or similar treatment during active duty — can be vital…
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Better Labs Mean Better Learning

We live in a world where science can achieve almost anything. But even modern science can’t manufacture money — and that’s exactly what Herkimer County Community College needed to build up-to-date science labs. For years, HCCC’s labs lacked the latest amenities needed to match the competitive edge the college’s staff…
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Supporting Special Needs Education

Toys. We think of them as play things, providing fun, but having little value otherwise. In the Adaptive Toy Library of the Madison-Oneida BOCES Center for Instructional Support, however, toys play a much more powerful role. They change lives. The library’s collection of nontraditional toys helps special needs students develop…
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New Microscope Allows Utica Scientists to Perform Research in Heart Disease

A $75,000 grant in 2012 allowed the Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory to purchase a state-of-the art microscope enhancing scientists’ abilities to perform groundbreaking cardiac research. The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory is among the few institutes in Central New York to have a state-of-the-art confocal microscope capable…
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A Homerun for Rome Baseball

The Rome Baseball Association, Inc.’s Little League players got a taste of the big leagues this summer when they played their first game under the lights. The lights allow teams to play more often and host national and regional competitions. The association can now host players and their fans from…
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Giving to the Utica Boys and Girls Club

If it takes a village to raise a child, then the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mohawk Valley provide such villages in Utica and Rome. The Clubs’ after-school programs at Columbus School and Bellamy Elementary School offer free care for children, many of whom would otherwise spend the time…
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