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Career & Technical School News

Students, faculty, staff and alumni erect gazebo to aid the less fortunate


GazeboSpent damp, rainy Saturday volunteering at Jack's Place


It may have been cold and rainy, but that didn't stop a team of Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students, faculty, staff and administrators from giving back to the community recently.

The group spent nearly eight hours outside on May 14 erecting a gazebo in the backyard of Jack's Place in Schenectady, which, when complete, will be a home-away-from-home for families
of patients seeking care at Ellis Hospital, Sunnyview Rehabilitation and other medical facilities in the area. 

The students built the gazebo at the Schoharie Career and Technical School campus during the last year and then disassembled it for transport to Schenectady where they reassembled it, despite the progressively worsening weather.

Students will return later this school year to place the trim and finish, as well as steps on the outdoor building, which provides 16 feet of shade.

Students participating included:

  • Caleb Brizzee, senior from Cobleskill-RichmondvilleGroup
  • Irving Skowfoe, senior, Middleburgh
  • Dakoda Kiefner, junior, Schalmont
  • Michael Artese, junior, Schamont
  • Mason Yerdon, junior, Schalmont


Joining them were 2016 CTE graduate Matt Landis, 2014 graduate Rob Gaige, campus monitor John Waldron, CTE Executive Principal Denise Capece, Business Liaison Nancy Liddle and teachers Brian LaCroix, Matt Millard, Gerald Place, Bill Rouleau and aid Andrea Rea and her husband Mark Rea.

The gazebo is just the latest boost to Jack's Place that CTE and Capital Region have provided.

CTE students from numerous programs in Albany and Schoharie have been working with the Falvo Foundation to complete the house, donating their expertise in electrical, heating, construction and other areas to help build create the house and raise funds for and promote the efforts of the foundation.

Earlier this school year, students built a shed and re-assembled it on the Schenectady property of Jack's Place. Both the gazebo and shed were paid for by a Lowe's grant awarded last year to the Capital Region BOCES SkillsUSA chapter.Workers assemble

"Students, alumni and teachers take a lot of pride in their work with the Jack Falvo III Foundation. Not only are we helping them, our students are gaining valuable experience with their chosen trades and with learning to give back to their community. We plan to continue supporting the Falvo family for years to come," Capece said.

In the top photo, students, faculty and staff assemble the gazebo.

Below, the CTE volunteer team poses in front of the gazebo. Missing from the picture are Denise
Capece and Nancy Liddle.

To the right, students and faculty work side-by-side on the project.

Below, the volunteers work on various stages of the project.




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