Hartwick College Hosts Award Ceremony for Student Voices, Student Choices

On Monday, November 20, high school students from seven area schools presented community projects to approximately 200 people in Slade Theatre on the Hartwick College campus as part of the Student Voices, Student Choices program.

The program began in September when Hartwick College students involved with the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation worked with high school teams during a day-long workshop in the Foreman Gallery in the Anderson Center for the Arts. The teams then spent the next few months working on projects to identify community needs and develop possible solutions.

“It felt like we were preparing the students to better succeed this year by connecting them to the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation. You could see in all seven presentations the impact the college mentors had in showing the skills and the preparation needed for a successful community project.”

Tim Lord

Community Foundation of Otsego County Board Member

Hartwick College hosts Student Voices, Student Choices Cherry Valley-Springfield students with advisor
Hartwick College hosts Student Voices, Student Choices Workshop
Hartwick College hosts Student Voices, Student Choices Workshop
Hartwick College hosts Student Voices, Student Choices Workshop
Hartwick College hosts Student Voices, Student Choices Workshop

Cherry Valley-Springfield won the top prize, $5,000, for their idea: The HQ, a room in their school where kids in need of hygiene products, household cleaning products, consumables, and access to a clothes washer and dryer, can go and feel safe, welcome and free of judgment.

Morris earned $4,000 for their program and Richfield Springs will receive $3,000. Edmeston, Gilbertsville–Mount Upton, Milford and Unatego were each awarded $1,000 to start their programs.

This is the second year the Student Voices, Student Choices program has been held. Initiated by Jeff Katz, executive director of the Community Foundation, the program aims to help high school students sharpen their focus on local needs and issues, and encourage them to become community leaders.

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