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Career & Technical School News

BOCES Career and Technical students join area organizations in hurricane relief effort


Students, faculty and administrators band together

A student design a posteStudents, faculty and staff at Capital Region BOCES are coming to the aid of millions of residents in Puerto Rico who were left without power, water and the basic life necessities after the area was hit by a hurricane.

Students are making posters, signs and collection boxes that are being placed in several locations on Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) campuses and offices in Albany, Schoharie and Rotterdam.

“It’s been fun helping people in need,” said Zach Smith, a Guilderland student enrolled in CTE’s Internet Application Design class as he worked with classmates to design a poster for the effort.

The posters and signs will appear in Capital Region BOCES buildings. They will feature the motto, “Let’s show them that America still cares!” and have Uncle Sam and other elements to drive home a message of support.

Collection sites are located at the Albany and Schoharie CTE campuses (1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany and 174 Route 30A in Schoharie), the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen (400 Warrior Way in Schenectady) and the BOCES central administrative offices (900 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany).

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  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Portable lanterns
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Cases of water
  • Feminine hygiene products.


All items must be completely unopened and packaged.

To maximize their efforts, Capital Region BOCES students, faculty and administrators joined forces with the Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Team of the Capital Region, a regional collaboration between area organizations that include the Capital Region Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Albany LatinSstudents hold another poster they designed and printed Festival Association (ALFA), Fundabilities, the City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI), Central Civico and 100 Hispanic Women, Capital District Chapter.

Capital Region BOCES administrator Denise Fernandez Pallozzi, a board member of the Hispanic Chamber and 100 Hispanic Women, said families on the island are struggling to meet even the most basic needs.

“It’s great when our community, from students to adults, can all come together for a common cause, especially at a time when the need is so great and people are lacking the basic essentials of life,” she said.

The top photo shows Kody Lieb of Guilderland working on a poster for the hurricane relief effort.

The second photo shows one of the posters in the design stage.

To the right, students Dan Moore of Watervliet, Jonathan MaGlosky of Shenendehowa and Aiden Macie of of Watervliet hold another poster.


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