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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Brad DiPietro

Brad DiPietro, regional director of New York State’s Mentoring Program, speaking at Columbia’s Student Leadership Conference.

Columbia students had the privilege of learning from a diverse group of leaders at the school’s Student Leadership Conference last week at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Castleton. There were nine different presentations given by leaders from advocacy groups, business, sports and law enforcement.

Columbia Student Leadership ConferenceThe full-day program was organized by Principal John Sawchuk to teach students about leadership and how they can develop those traits.

Leadership Speakers

  • “Rangers Lead the Way” – Sgt. Detective Gulinese, Colonie Police Department
  • “Portrait in Leadership”- John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc.
  • “Building a Winning Culture” – Scott Marr, Head Coach of UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse
  • “Take Your Own Path” – Scott Noel, Owner of 16 Handles and Ivy Spa
  • “The Importance of Taking Leadership Opportunities” – Joel Abelove, Rensselaer County District Attorney
  • “The Importance of Mentoring” – Brad DiPietro, Regional Director of New York State Mentoring Program
  • “CHS Alumni Reflections on Student Leadership – Mark Sargent ’11, Allison O’Brien ’08, Shannon Donahue ’04
  • “The Importance of Sports in Teaching Life Skills” – Audra DiBacco, Columbia High School Educator and Coach
  • “Young People and the Issue of Sexual Harassment – Stand Up for What’s Right” – Mike Fonda, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Program at Samaritan Hospital