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12/14/2017 9:00:00 AM
Have you heard?
DR. PAUL O'BRIEN wrote a poem called "Pride Rose to the Challenge" about the Holy Trinity football team's win in the New York State semi-finals. The team includes members from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady and Catholic Central High School in Troy. The poem reads in part: "Holy Trinity/ managed through grit and will/to take a 7-3 lead/into the locker room./Would the lead hold?/The second half brought icy rain/and ignited the Eagle offense/as they scored one touchdown/and then another./Shoulders sagged in the bleachers./And then Holy Trinity/found something in themselves:/"It isn't over!"/"Let's go, Pride!"/They rose to the occasion,/scored three touchdowns,/stopped the Eagles,/and then with two sensational first downs/closed out the clock./It was a day to remember/when a small group of determined athletes/showed us all/what it means/to have pride and hope"....

KAY CONNOLLY reports through BROTHER WILLIAM GRIFFIN, CFX, of St. Gabriel's School in Fontaine, Haiti, that the school -- which gets donations from many Catholics and parishes in the Albany Diocese -- has a new three-acre garden with an irrigation system. Donors helped the school purchase garden land five years ago. PIERRE LOUIS JOIZIL, the school's founder and director, knew that planting any garden in Haiti without irrigation is a bad investment. Sixty percent of Haitians live in rural farming areas and depend on the two rainy seasons.

In fall 2016, KEVIN BAILEY of High Peaks Solar in Wynantskill, who directs the non-profit The Sky is Not Limited, donated a solar-powered pump and new well for the garden. BILL FREEMAN of California supported the purchase of a drip irrigation system for the three-acre plot and instituted an emergency food program. A technical school in Pignon, Haiti, adopted the garden as part of its agronomy instruction course and installed the irrigation system. Students at St. Gabriel's maintain the garden and are learning how new technology can help solve the problem of hunger in their country.

Flourishing now in the garden are 150 banana trees, 500 papaya trees, 1,000 manioc plants, an acre of green beans and hundreds of pepper, eggplant and tomato plants. What the school does not consume will be sold in the local markets to support the garden's maintenance and development and the school meal program as well as stock an emergency food supply for students and local townspeople....

LaSalle School in Albany offers programs for youths and families in crisis, including specialized residential placement, day service education and alternative to detention services. The chorus from LaSalle School performed at the 2017 Permanency Summit, held in Albany in early December. The summit focused on creating urgency and permanency for children and youths in foster care. Participants included child welfare staff, department leadership, birth parents and community stakeholders. The LaSalle musicians provided background music for the reception and attended a dinner. The students had spent six weeks preparing to perform six songs, including holiday carols, "Lean on Me" and "Happy."

In other LaSalle School news, in November, associate program planning director DAVID WALLACE joined a team of fellow board members from the Association of Children's Residential Centers (ACRC) to present at a symposium in Australia. The conference addressed Australia's residential treatment center issues, showed U.S. examples of quality care and explored topics like the disparate rates of placement and unique needs of Aboriginal youth, the impact of trauma on youth and families, child sex trafficking, and the responsible use of psychotropics in residential settings....

The senior class at Saratoga Central Catholic High School hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon at the St. Peter's parish center for BOCES students and staff, a tradition for more than 20 years....

St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls announced its honor roll for the first marking period. Earning high honors were AVA CASE, LILLIAN GARDELL, ABIGAIL GORMAN and JACOB SAWYER.

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