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Friday, 25 September 2015 11:35

Education Briefs 09/25/15

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MBPA Donates $4K to Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund

Ballston Spa Board of Education President Kevin Schaefer (left) and Superintendent
Joseph P. Dragone, PhD. (right) accept the donation from Malta BPA’s Ray Patterson.

MALTA — The Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA) recently hosted the 7th annual Taste of Malta at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART in Malta. The evening featured a variety of area restaurants that served samples of their best fare to over 300 attendees. This year’s participating restaurants included Bentley’s Tavern, Dock Brown’s, Lake Ridge, Nanola, Panza’s, Pasta Pane, Recovery Sports Grill, Spa City Bakery, Villago Pizzeria, and Wolf Hollow Brewing.

As they have for the past five years, the MBPA donated event proceeds to the Ballston Spa Central School District to support educational enrichment programs and initiatives. This year’s event raised $4,000 for the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The funding will be used to support the District’s Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School, implemented in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA. 

Corporate sponsors for the event included Ballston Spa National Bank, The Adirondack Trust Company, Excelsior Springs, Capital InteriorScapes, Stewart’s Shops, and TapSnap. More information about the event can be found at MaltaBPA.com. For additional information on the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, please visit the Office of District Advancement page on the district website, or contact Amber Mooney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-884-7195 x1369.

Citizen Preparedness Training

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College is hosting a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 am in the Gannett Auditorium. Please feel free to share this invitation with any individuals who you think might want to attend. To register, people can sign up at: http://prepare.ny.gov/training-events.

Project Lift University Fundraiser

Program to expand to additional schools

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 5th annual Project Lift University, presented by Informz, will be held on October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs. 

This fundraising event is to benefit the Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift, which has been serving the Saratoga Springs community and local families in need for over 30 years. 

Franklin Community Center is proud to announce the program will be expanded to include Dorothy Nolan and Caroline Street Elementary Schools this October and will be in all six of the local elementary schools beginning October 2016.

The fundraising evening on October 8 includes excellent food from Longfellows, live music by Jim Mastrianni and Kristen Renenhan, tarot card reading, open bar, a large silent auction and photo booth. Additionally, there will be a live mission-based auction led by comedian Greg Aidala and a Pick Six Vodka tasting to round out the fun.

All proceeds will benefit Project Lift. Tickets are on sale at www.franklincommunitycenter.org or by calling Franklin Community Center at 518-587-9826.

Invitation to Showcase at Fair

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) is proud to announce that Parent University will kick off the 2015-16 school year by holding a Parent University Family Day on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The event will include a community resource fair, kid’s area, and presentation by internationally known speaker Robert Rivest.

Parent University invites your organization to participate in the community resource fair to share services that your organization is able to provide to SSCSD families. Set-up begins at 9 a.m. and resource fair participants are asked to commit to staying for the duration of the event.  In addition, while it is fine to provide hand-outs or free items to attendees, organizations must refrain from selling goods or services at the event.

To participate, please call 518-583-4786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 1, 2015. Participant tables will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to an estimated 50 tables.  More information about the event can be found online at www.saratogaschools.org/parentuniversity/.

Flip Phillips to Keynote SFIL Fundraiser

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) invites the community to attend its dinner reception fundraising event, “Celebrate. Innovate. Educate.”  The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, at PRIME at Saratoga National. 

The reception will include dinner, a showcase of innovative grants that have been awarded during the past year, and performances by district students. The event will also feature guest speaker Flip Phillips, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Skidmore College, who previously worked as an animation scientist for Pixar.

Tickets are priced at $100 per ticket and may be purchased until October 20. All money raised will support innovative programming in the Saratoga Springs City School District. To learn more about the event, please visit SaratogaLearning.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SFIL is a non-profit organization, comprised of community members that share a common goal of fostering forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The foundation provides grants to implement original and creative programming for Saratoga Springs City School District students. 

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