S. Col to send supplies to Schoharie

Board member calls goods collection a lesson in character education

— The collection of supplies began on Monday, Sept. 19, and will go until Sept. 30. S. Collection sites are at all eight school buildings, the bus garage and the district office, and the Village of Colonie will be using the family recreation center as a site as well.

Buhner said he is proud of all the students, student groups, staff and parents for getting involved with this and other charity events, such as the annual Toys for Tots collection, the Stuff the Bus campaign and the help they provided for earthquake victims in Haiti.

“When these things occur, we try to involve our students,” he said. “Not just our clubs, but also the general population of kids. I’m proud of our community. Everyone tries to do what they can. It might be as simple as bringing in one container of paper towels, canned vegetables or powdered milk.”

Casey is confident the district community will come together to support neighboring school districts, and he can’t believe what many experienced during the storms.

“We had some tree limbs down and some power outages, but compared to them, we fared well,” he said. “I have a hard time fathoming losing everything I own except what’s on my back. It’s heart-wrenching and devastating.”

Village of Colonie Mayor Frank Leak said he believes if the tables were turned, the other communities would be the ones lending a helping hand. He said he visited the area on Sunday, Sept. 18, and couldn’t believe the destruction.

“If this is one way we can help, then this is what we can do,” he said. “Anything more that we can do, we will do. We want to bring a tractor-trailer full of stuff down.”

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