Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics this summer throughout the county. The vaccine is free and walk-ins are welcome. Clinics include: Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, NY (Tuesday, August 10, 5-7 p.m., J&J); North Greenbush Town Hall, Wynantskill, NY (Sunday, August 22, 5-7 p.m., J&J); Stewart’s Shops, Nassau, NY (Tuesday, August 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Pfizer or J&J). You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine at https://www.vaccines.gov/search

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Dog Wash and Walk FundraiserStudents walked dogs around the East Greenbush Town Park and then gave them baths at a Dog Wash and Walk fundraiser on Saturday. From small terriers to big newfoundlands, students scrubbed them with soapy water, rinsed them off and then towel dried them.

The event raised $1,031 for Peppertree Rescue, a local dog shelter, and was organized by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, which is comprised of student leaders from each school.

After months of planning, collecting donations and making promotional materials, the students volunteered their time at the event. They filled roles at different stations – walking dogs, washing and drying them, accepting payment – and worked together to put on a successful community event.

Students present donation to Peppertree

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council with Mr. Simons, Peppertree volunteer Charlene Jackson and her dog Sweet Pea.

“The students did an exceptional job planning and running the event,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “The participation and level of funds raised exceeded my expectations! I’m very proud of these student leaders and grateful to the parents who contributed and assisted us on Saturday.”

Students said they enjoyed volunteering at the event and learned many valuable lessons from the project.

“I learned that you most definitely need teamwork to put on an event like this,” said Rachel Clarke, a fifth grader at Genet.

Charlene Jackson, a volunteer for Peppertree Rescue, and her dog Sweet Pea met with the students on Wednesday morning and thanked them for their donation.

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