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    Giving is second nature to Saratoga Springs special education teacher

    Posted April 1, 2021 by Liza Frenette

    Marion Gyarmathy honed her caring nature in her day job teaching special education students at Saratoga Springs high school. When there’s a need outside of school, she turns her attention to The Giving Circle of Saratoga Springs. Like many volunteers, Gyarmathy is happy to help keep the wheels of caring turning. Sometimes she works with a crew responding to a call for help by doing cleaning or yard work for a local person in need; other times she helps collect and sort supplies for hurric...

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    Clinton educators help students get 'A Better Chance'

    Posted March 5, 2021 by Kara Smith

    Clinton TA members Amie Johnson (left) and Kelly Landry. Photos provided. Kelly Landry knows that education is seldom equal. But 11 years ago, an article in The Boston Magazine made it personal for her. The piece was about Lawrence High School, a Massachusetts school near the New Hampshire border with a 50 percent graduation rate. She and her family had welcomed Malaquias Canery into their home the day before for the start of a four-year period as his host family through A Better Chance of...

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    Grassroot giving includes sharing the gift of books

    Posted March 2, 2021 by Liza Frenette

    Albany reading teacher Carey Fusco knows books, cover to cover, inside and out. They are not casual friends. She sees them as lifelines. Fusco volunteers at Grassroot Givers, a nonprofit organization supporting underserved communities in the Capital District. Fusco’s work with the organization’s literacy initiative helps put books into the hands and homes of children. Fusco, a member of the Albany Public School Teachers Association, helps to sort and label some of the hundreds of boo...

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    Global human rights action began as small ripple for Long Island educator

    Posted November 24, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    It all started with chocolate. Learning about children being exploited as workers on cocoa farms gave teacher Pamela Mary Schmidt a taste for making change. Chocolate on the mind can be as strong as chocolate on the tongue. As an educator now teaching in Freeport, she has had many transformative moments in the classroom, but it was her introduction to human rights work while teaching in Brentwood in 2009 that she says changed her life. “I like to teach by connection to real-world events, ...

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    Port Jefferson teacher Charlotte Johnson rides in memory of ALS champion and fundraiser Chris Pendergast

    Posted October 29, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    You might assume that, as a marathon competitor, Charlotte Johnson has a sparkling collection of hard-earned medals hanging on a wall. But no. She’s given them all away. It’s personal. She used to teach with Christine Pendergast, whose husband Chris, also a teacher, was diagnosed with ALS the year Johnson began her career at Comsewogue. Chris Pendergast, an outdoor enthusiast and athlete who founded ALS Ride for Life, raised $10 million in the more than 27 years he lived with the cr...

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    In Copenhagen, 'Little Libraries' bring big opportunities

    Posted August 28, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    It’s a different way to walk the beat. These days, Copenhagen retired teacher Deb Barnard Strianese makes the rounds once a week to check on and restock three new Little Libraries she helped bring into being in her own very little town. Her story began, as most do, with an idea. She thought about how her town did not have a library. As an elementary teacher, she knows first-hand how students can lose a lot of reading skills in summer, a situation heightened by not having a public library...

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    Kingston educators begin community-wide book group on race

    Posted July 15, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    Sometimes a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single book. In Kingston, that book is “So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. City residents are reading it as a group called Kingston Reads.

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    Culinary arts professor cooks with kindness for his community

    Posted May 18, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    “I called it Depression Soup Kitchen when I first started,” said culinary arts professor Joe Forget, a member of the EOC Alliance local union. “But anti-depression is what I’m really doing.”

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    Peace, Love and Hope: Message of piano continues to be important

    Posted April 15, 2020 by Liza Frenette

    In springtime in New York City, palettes of color emerge in rampant beds of tulips in Central Park, fields of bluebells in Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden, and daffodils in backyards in Queens. And then there are the pianos. Yes, since 2006, springtime in New York has meant the appearance of 50 pianos painted by talented artists and available for the public to play. Although this year’s pandemic prompted suspension of the program, more than 500 pianos have been set out since this publi...

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    Bethlehem garden guru volunteers with students

    Posted September 27, 2019 by Liza Frenette

    For more than a decade, teacher Lisa Wood has volunteered to work with students at Bethlehem Middle School twice a week after school in a garden club.

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