January 17, 2013

The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation held its annual Education Celebration on Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stockade Inn, 1 North Church Street, Schenectady, N.Y.

The annual gala was held to celebrate education and the achievements of the students and staff of the Schenectady School District. The evening was devoted to reflecting on some of the school district’s achievements and most generous benefactors. Entertainment was be provided by Schenectady High School Jazz Combo under the direction of David Gleason and Joel Servant.

The Foundation paid tribute to members of the school community with our Crystal Apple Awards, which are given to a community organization that contributes to the education of our students and to a Distinguished Alumnus. The Robert Ludwig Community Service Award was given to Phillip Morris and Proctor’s who have given unstintingly to promote education and the arts in Schenectady. The Distinguished Alumnus Award was given to Esther Swanker, a Nott Terrace alumna who has contributed significantly to state government and the Schenectady County Library. We also recognized this year’s Teacher of the Year, Annie Chien, who teaches at the high school.

Congressman Paul Tonka attended and gave each of the recipients Congressional recognition. Mayor Gary McCarthy declared today Esther Swanker Day in Schenectady and awarded her the status of Schenectady patron. Each of these winners serves as a valuable reminder of the importance of education and service to community.

The mission of the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation is to provide supplemental funding for the enhancement of learning opportunities for the students in the Schenectady Public Schools. The evening is a tribute to the students and to the adults who have contributed to that mission