Drive Through Food Pantry – July 29

East Greenbush Central School District families are invited to pickup free boxes of food at a Drive Through Food Pantry on Thursday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. in front of George Martin Electric at 164 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY. If you are driving, stay in your car. If you are walking, please practice social distancing. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated patrons. Distribution will start at 9:30 a.m. and the event will be fully concluded by noon.

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Columbia High School’s Senior Prom for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2021 and will be held outdoors under pavilions at Birch Hill in Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. All members of the Class of 2021 are invited to attend for free. Attendance will be limited to the Columbia Class of 2021.

Signups will begin Monday, May 3 and end Friday, May 7. A link will be emailed for students to sign up for a prom time slot (6:00-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m.) and a table (set for 10). We will do our best to accommodate table preferences. There will be one outdoor pavilion used during each time slot, with a limit of no more than 200 people for each session, to ensure the event is safe and complies with state regulations.

Prom Walk-In will be optional this year and hosted at the front of Columbia High School. Families will be able to park at the school and walk up socially distanced to a decorated photo backdrop. Walk-in time will be based on the time of their prom session. Those attending the first prom session will have the opportunity to attend walk-ins from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Those in the second prom session will have the opportunity to attend walk-ins from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A professional photographer will be there to take pictures.

Through Class of 2021 fundraising and the district’s support, this event will be at no cost to students.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Each of the two prom sessions will be limited to no more than 200 people (includes students and staff)
    • Only students from the Columbia Class of 2021 may attend prom
  • Prom will be held outdoors under pavilions at Birch Hill (the first group will be under one pavilion and the second group will be under a different pavilion)
  • Mandatory face masks unless seated at your table
  • Tables will be physically distanced from each other
  • Dancing will be socially distanced and on a rotation by table
  • Students who are dancing must wear a face mask
  • Birch Hill staff will serve the buffet dinner and must wear face masks and gloves during event
  • There will be a touchless photo booth
  • Mandatory face masks at the Walk-In at Columbia prior to prom