Friday, January 2, 2015

Ballston Spa: Schools Receive Grant from Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund

Ballston Spa CSD 

Girls from Ballston Spa Middle School at the annual Girls Summit held at Hudson Valley Community College’s campus in Malta. 

The Ballston Spa Central School District recently received a $2,000 Lend-A-Hand Grant from the Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund (ATCCF). It will be used to support the 2015 Girls’ Summit, a full-day science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based forum for and about girls. The event is designed to empower, inspire and inform girls to lead healthy lives and better prepare for their future.  
“Adirondack Trust Co.’s commitment in supporting STEM enrichment opportunities is sincerely appreciated in our school community,” said Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone. “The implementation of this grant will engage our middle school girls and let them learn more about pursuing STEM-related career fields.” 

The district’s Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education program secured the grant on behalf of the district and will administer it in the coming year. The program creates innovative educational experiences that help reshape teaching and learning in the Ballston Spa schools so that students have the potential to learn from brilliant scientists, world-renowned artists and musicians, committed civic leaders and leading companies to support research and development in the K-12 classrooms.  

The ATCCF recently awarded Lend-A-Hand Grants to 23 local nonprofit organizations. The grants, totaling $40,000, were handed out at the Community Fund’s annual grant award reception.

Speaking on behalf of the ATCCF independent advisory committee, volunteer Chairperson Joan Taylor said, “The message we want to send is one of sincere gratitude, both to our donors and to the nonprofits that tirelessly work to better our community.” 

For more information on this year’s grants, visit the Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund website at For additional information on the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education program,contact Amber Mooney, coordinator of development, at 884-7195, ext. 1369, or via email at

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