Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Congressman Tonko speaks with Goff Middle School studentsThe Howard L. Goff Middle School Library received 26 free books to add to its collection on Friday courtesy of the Library of Congress and Congressman Paul Tonko.

Former Goff Middle School librarian Mary Ellen Bolton had submitted an application to the Library of Congress’ Surplus Books Program before she retired at the end of last school year. Congressman Tonko’s office facilitated the request which includes science books and fiction for middle school aged students.

Congressman Tonko delivered the books in person where he spoke with students and teachers about the Library of Congress, the importance of reading and his work in Washington, D.C.

“We were extremely fortunate to have Congressman Tonko visit our middle school and take time to meet with our students,” Principal Wayne Grignon said. “His insight and understanding on the Library of Congress was a wonderful topic for our sixth graders and reinforced the importance of continuing to be life long readers. Congressman Tonko also engaged students in a Q&A around his work in Congress and the importance of working together to make better informed decisions that benefit people.”

Congressman Paul Tonko with Goff Middle School students

Congressman Tonko speaks with Goff Middle School students

Books on a table

Books on a table