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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Herkimer BOCES students scrap metal to fight cancer
March 9, 2016



Building construction students with load metal onto a truck for scrapping
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES building construction seniors load up a truck with metal they scrapped to raise money to donate to a local initiative to provide comfort bags to people undergoing treatment for cancer at local facilities.



HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES building construction students recently found a unique way to contribute to a local effort to donate comfort bags to local residents undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

The initiative started last school year at Poland Central School District under the guidance of second-grade teacher Heather Judd and was brought back again this school year.

Herkimer BOCES occupational therapist Jackie Unsinn reached out at Herkimer BOCES to ask for contributions for the effort. Herkimer BOCES was able to provide 12 comfort bags and boxes full of items to help stuff the bags. From the overall initiative at Poland, about 400 bags were provided to local men, women and children.

The building construction class at Herkimer BOCES first had a box in class to collect items such as ChapStick, socks, blankets and a $25 gas card, building construction instructor John Martin said.

To raise money to purchase comfort bags, the building construction also scrapped metal such as copper wire, an old furnace and other junk metal, Martin said.

The students hoped to generate about $100 to donate from scrapping the metal, but they came up about $15 short, so they collected donations from BOCES students, teachers, staff and administrators to reach their goal.

The money and items donated by the building construction students were gathered with the other donations at Herkimer BOCES and contributed to the overall initiative out of Poland Central School District.


Building construction students with items collected to donate to cancer patients
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES building construction juniors pose with a box they used to collect items to donate to a local initiative based out of Poland Central School District to provide comfort bags to locals receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.









 
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