Food for Families Program

The East Greenbush CSD operates a Food for Families Program that provides FREE FOOD to families in need. Boxes of food are packed regularly with a variety of grocery items and then distributed in a confidential process. If your family is in need of some extra support with food, please reach out to Audra Di Bacco at 518-207-2028 or We also accept food donations to help supply this program. If you would like to donate, please contact Audra Di Bacco.

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Columbia educators at Rotary Club awards

(L to R) Columbia school counselor John Evertsen, CAP teacher Brian Marsh, monitor Bill Clum and Columbia principal John Sawchuk at the Community Celebration Night.

District students and staff were honored at a Community Celebration Night sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southern Rensselaer County on Tuesday evening at Moscatiello’s Restaurant.

Columbia Principal John Sawchuk, who is also a Rotarian, organized the event.

Columbia students at Rotary Club awards

Columbia students Bryel Weinlein, left, and Lilly Hutton receive Community Hero Awards from the Rotary Club.

“This is a great community event recognizing individuals who dedicate their time to helping others and making our community a great place to live,” Mr. Sawchuk said.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Award Recipients

Columbia Outstanding Students

  • Lilly Hutton
  • Nicole Presti
  • Bryel Weinlein

Goff Outstanding Students

  • Alyssa Manning
  • Mackenzie Clinton
  • Alexis Szemplinski

Columbia Outstanding Educators

  • Brian Marsh
  • John Evertsen
  • Bill Clum

Goff Outstanding Educators

  • Sharon Dunn
  • Maureen Janowski

Local Business “Give Back” Award

  • Teachers Credit Union – Mark Hatfield

“Breakout Rotarian” Award

  • AJ Amato

Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award

  • Joel Montross

Outstanding Military Service Award

  • Casey Frankoski
  • Sue Montena

Outstanding Community Service Law Enforcement Award

  • Officer Jay Martyn (Columbia School Resource Officer)
  • Officer Rich Eckel
  • Officer Erick Jakes
  • Officer Brian Hulett

Distinguished Service Volunteer Firefighter Award

  • Tim Boel

The Post Graduate “Point of Light” Award

  • Marissa Hochberg ’17