May 9, 2014 — Glens Falls City School District has won the Tri-County United Way Helping Hand Award for the ninth year in a row, raising more money per capita than any other school district. Contributions by district staff members were so great that GFSD reached the silver level of donations for the third year in a row, as well. Superintendent Paul Jenkins accepted the award on behalf of the district at a breakfast on May 6, 2014.
Volunteers said the number of people who need assistance through the Tri-County United Way continues to grow. “The typical $4 pledge per paycheck will provide seven days’ worth of food for four families or 25 medical transportations for isolated seniors,” said district coordinator Elizabeth Strader, in a message to staff thanking everyone for supporting the effort. “We have one amazingly generous staff member who donated a large one-time sum,” Mrs. Strader continued. “I am fairly certain that this donation is what put us ahead of the other school districts” in the friendly competition that ensues each year within the fundraising campaign.
The Glens Falls City School District staff was commended for being “a caring and committed group of individuals working together to make our community a better place.”