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Sustainable programs fly high

In tough times, Farnsworth’s Butterfly House and garden exist through fundraisers

A Monarch butterfly raised by students at Guilderland's Farnsworth Middle School ad part of the Butterfly House program.

A Monarch butterfly raised by students at Guilderland's Farnsworth Middle School ad part of the Butterfly House program.

— Together, the two programs cost about $10,000 to operate annually. Funds are needed to purchase caterpillar eggs, seeds, tools and other equipment. With the programs no longer funded through grants, the money needs to be raised in-house.

Although the Guilderland Central School District holds several fundraising events throughout the year to help pay for the programs, the garage sale remains the largest and most profitable. Because of the popularity of the programs, officials try to raise operation funds one year in advance. Funds have already been raised to operate the Butterfly House for this summer, and all proceeds from the sale will go toward next year’s operation.

“We’ll take anything anyone wishes to donates,” said Tubbs. “Anything that’s been gently used.”

The sale will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the middle school in conjunction with the district’s spring Recycling Extravaganza and Go Green Day.

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