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Liza Frenette
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
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...
Liza Frenette
Thursday, 29 October 2020
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...
Liza Frenette
Friday, 28 August 2020
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...
Liza Frenette
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
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.
Liza Frenette
Monday, 18 May 2020
“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.”
Liza Frenette
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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...
Liza Frenette
Friday, 27 September 2019
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.
Liza Frenette
Friday, 07 June 2019
In a crush of color, art teacher John DeMarco spent part of summer 2018 on a bicycle and walking path in Albany County transforming a quiet underpass with paint and imagination. He was chosen in a competitive quest for artists to brighten up a section of the nine-mile Helderberg-Hudson public rail trail.
Liza Frenette
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Most of the time, Chris Pendergast — the retired Northport teacher and longtime ALS patient — speaks through the computer attached to the front of his wheelchair, using his bright blue eyes to stare at a letter and blink.
Liza Frenette
Thursday, 14 February 2019
By night, by weekend, and by evasive minutes and hours here and there, he directs a new program - Collegiate Scholars of Tomorrow - that puts hope and college money into NY 529 College Savings Program bank accounts for third graders across the city.
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