Monday, October 13, 2014

Ballston Spa: Ballston Spa National Bank Continues Support for District Innovation

The Ballston Spa Central School District has once again received generous support from Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) to fund the Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team’s participation in the annual United States F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition. The $6,000 in funding, combined with additional corporate sponsorships and team fundraising, will let the district’s team design and construct a robot according to this year’s specifications, participate in regional competitions and continue to expand the robotics initiatives to additional students in the district.
“At BSNB, we value educational programs that prepare students for the workplace,"   said bank President and CEO Christopher R. Dowd. "By partnering with the Ballston Spa Central School District on efforts such as the robotics program, we hope to help shape the minds and develop the leaders of the next generation.”
The district continues to focus on partnerships with business and nonprofit organizations throughout the region as part of the Partnership for Innovation in Education program. The increased support for the district's robotics initiatives has provided additional resources to fund teams in the elementary and middle schools as they develop their robotics programs and participate in regional competition.
“BSNB’s ongoing commitment in supporting STEM enrichment opportunities for our students can be seen throughout our school community,” said Joseph P. Dragone, superintendent of the Ballston Spa schools. “Participation in robotics competitions gives our students the problem-solving skills and the ability to innovate that will transfer to the workplace.”

Dragone said these efforts have been invaluable to the district as it addresses the emerging technologies and prepares students for 21st century learning and the future workforce.
This year, Ballston Spa National Bank is also the title sponsor for the school district’s Fall Family Festival that will take place at Ellms Family Farm Oct. 18. The proceeds raised at the event will support mission-related programs and initiatives through the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. For additional information, visit the district website at or contact Amber Mooney, coordinator of development, at or 884-7195, ext. 1369.

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BSNB recently made a check presentation to the BSHS Robotics Team at the board of education meeting.  Pictured are: robotics coach Greg Roberts, team member Joe Lyon, BSNB's Sylvia Anglin, board of education President Kevin Schaefer and Coordinator of Development Amber Mooney.

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