BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District’s Scotties BackPack Program has once again received a donation from the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa.
They received a check for $3,000 that was presented to Kelly Delaney-Elliott, Coordinator of Development for the district, during a virtual presentation with Rotary members. Current President Pete Champagne said that the club members had selected the program as one of their main focus areas to support. The funds were raised during the Rotary’s annual Christmas tree sales in December 2019.
“The work and generosity of the Ballston Spa Rotarians continues to amaze and humble me,” indicated Superintendent Ken Slentz. “On behalf of the Board of Education and BSCSD, we extend our sincere
appreciation to them for their support of our students and district programs.”
Last fall the Brookside Museum, the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa, and the Malta Sunrise Rotary joined together and sponsored a Chicken BBQ to benefit the Scotties BackPack Program. Through their efforts and contributions from many local businesses, they raised over $3,000 to donate to the program. They also placed collection containers in businesses throughout the district. Please contact Ray Otten at 518-852-2642 for additional information on the Rotary’s community support efforts.
In collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the district launched the Scotties BackPack Program in 2017 at Milton Terrace Elementary School and has now expanded to all four elementary schools. The program provides a bag of easy-to-prepare food to selected students each week to eat throughout the weekend. The program started with providing weekend meals to 30 students and the goal is to provide food for 175 students in the district. The cost to provide weekend meals for one student for the school year is $183. Revenue to support the program is raised by individual and corporate donations as well as through any available grant sources.
Other major contributors to the program have been The Saratoga Hospital, Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, and the Global Foundries/Town of Malta Foundation.
Individual and corporate sponsorships are always welcome! For a link to donate online visit www.bscsd.org/domain/28. Donations by check should be made payable to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region or CFGCR and may be sent to: Kelly Delaney-Elliott, BSCSD, 70 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Anyone interested in volunteering to support the BackPack program, please contact 518-884-7195 x1369.