Rotary Foundation grants, volunteer cleaning at kindergarten, free bus rides in Amsterdam – The Daily Gazette

In Schenectady, the Rotary Schenectady Foundation has awarded grants to eight Schenectady-based nonprofit organizations to fund proposed projects. Organizations that received unanimous grants from foundation trustees were: SUNY Schenectady County Community College Scholarship ($1,000); Habitat for Humanity ($500); Schenectady Nursery ($500); Reading is fun ($500); Emergency SCAP CRN ($500); SICM Summer Meal ($500); Donate Tree ($500); and Community Hospice for bereaved children ($1,000).

In Schenectady, the KAPL Nova Society provided a group of volunteers—engineers and interns—to support a playground cleanup project at Schenectady Daycare on Lafayette Street. Volunteer work included leaf and brush clearing, power washing, minor repairs and painting of playground equipment, partial roof replacement on a storage shed/dollhouse and repairing a damaged fence. The group showed up with rakes, buckets, leaf blowers, hammers, nails, pressure washer and great volunteer spirit. The volunteers, who came from Fluor’s Niskayuna and Lafayette Street, worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schenectady Day Care Center is a non-profit day care center, founded in 1902, that supports families who live or work in Schenectady by providing child care for up to 96 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. The nursery provides universal pre-K services under contract with the Schenectady School District.

In Amsterdam, the Capital District Transportation Authority has partnered with the Greater Amsterdam School District to provide unlimited free bus service to Amsterdam High School students. The service not only includes transport to and from school, but also applies to after-school opportunities, such as for jobs. Officials said they hope the service will also increase ridership. An annual investment of approximately $700,000 from the school district will cover costs for 550 Amsterdam High School students, initially representing about half of the school population.

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