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Career & Technical School News

Niskayuna CTE student collects more than 120 afghans for the infirmed

CTE student inspired by her clinical time at Albany County Nursing Home


Reichelt with a patientDoing her clinical hours at the Albany County Nursing Home inspired a Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) student to go above and beyond.

Autumn Reichelt, a junior in the nurse assistant program at CTE, collected more than 120 afghans for residents of the home after learning of their plight while performing clinical hours for her schooling there.

"I noticed a lot of the residents on the floor I was working didn't have a lot and they didn't have a lot of family so I wanted to do something to make them happier," she said. "I went to my church and I made an announcement — I don't ever do that because it I don't like public speaking and asked for donations."

Her goal of 30 to 40 blankets was quickly covered, with the donations from the members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Niskayuna piling up.

"The first week, I collected 20 and they just kept coming in. Even after I completed my clinical time, they were coming in and I was bringing them over to the nursing home," said Reichelt.

In total, more than 120 afghans have been collected and donated to residents of the home.

Reichelt"She is a great student," said teacher Adam Mainville. "If I could nominate her for student of the year, I would but that is only open to seniors."

Reichelt said she only did what comes natural to her.

"I really have a big heart and I like to help people," she said.








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