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Albany Medical Center Hosts Celebration for Student Philanthropists
   May 8, 2006


ALBANY, N.Y., May 8, 2006—Students from more than 26 area schools raised a total of $8,641 to date for the “Students Care for Kids” program to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med. Students and faculty were recognized for their efforts at a celebration held recently (Thursday, May 4) at the Franklin Plaza.

 “Students Care for Kids” is designed to encourage school age children’s participation in classroom or school group projects that result in philanthropy to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

“Many students in the area have friends or family who have been sick or injured and have relied on the services of the Children’s Hospital,” said Fardin Sanai, senior vice president for development and foundation operations. “Students Care for Kids gives students the unique opportunity to help other children in the community, while at the same time teaching them the importance of philanthropy.”

“This is a great program to get kids involved and let them experience the joy of giving,” said Megan Peterson, R.N., school nurse and advisor for the Students Care for Kids program in the Shenendehowa Central School District.  To date, students at Shenendehowa have raised money by hosting a concession stand at the school’s annual “Rock the Rim” basketball game with the Siena Saints, and will also be participating in the Medical Center’s “Change Bandit” fundraising drive that coincides with the annual News-Talk Radio 810 WGY “Weekend of Miracles” radiothon. 

Many schools are still completing their fundraising initiatives and will present checks at the 8th annual radiothon, June 3 – 5.

Participating schools include: Bethlethem Central Middle School; Bethlehem Central High School; Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School; Christian Brothers Academy; Colonie Central High School; Doane Stuart; Farnsworth Middle School; Genet Elementary School; Guilderland High School; Hackett Middle School; Maplewood School; Myers Middle School; Philip Livingston Magnet Academy; Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School; Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School; Rensselaer High School; Rensselaer Society of Engineers at Rensselaer PolyTechnic Institute; Seymour Elementary School; Shaker High School; Shaker Road Elementary School; Shenendehowa High School; Veeder Elementary School; and Voorheesville High School.

Students Care for Kids is sponsored by Kohl’s Department Stores, FOX23-WXXA, and Clear Channel Radio. The event was also sponsored by The Pepsi Cola Bottling Group.

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