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EGTA donates money for Hurricane Disaster Relief

EGTA President Drew Romanowski and EGTA Vice President Alison Hosier make a donation to the American Red Cross at Price Chopper in East Greenbush.

The East Greenbush Teachers’ Association donated $1,300 to the American Red Cross for hurricane victim relief last week. The donation was made to the Price Chopper in East Greenbush because the Golub Foundation will match the amount for a total donation of $2,600.

“When asked for help, our teachers deliver,” said EGTA President and Columbia High School teacher Drew Romanowski. “We are humbled to be a small part of this relief effort and help add a total of $2,600 to help make a difference.”

Annually, the teachers’ union directly supports community organizations with funding that exceeds $10,000, including both a two-year and four-year scholarship for graduating seniors who wish to become teachers.

Last winter, teachers donated $2,200 to help a local family in need. They also give to their annual CONSERNS-U food drive in November and Columbia’s free clothing shop, the Basement Boutique, in December.

“The teachers of the EGTA help others on a daily basis in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the band room, on the stage, in the art studio or in the community, both locally and abroad,” Mr. Romanowski said. “It’s impossible to separate the teacher from the acts of selfless giving to many community based endeavors that our Association takes on. Our charitable actions extend well beyond the scope of the school day.”