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Herkimer BOCES Pathways Academy exceeds goal for donation to American Heart Association

March 13, 2019



 Students holding large check for donation to American Heart Association representative


Laurie Schmidt (left), youth market director for the American Heart Association, accepts a donation of $738.83 on Wednesday, March 13, from members of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington Student Council – from left: Sam Lynch, a 10th-grader of Poland; Zach Maida, a 12th-grader of Poland; Brandon Sorce, an eighth-grader of Poland, and Evan Aney, a ninth-grader of West Canada Valley.




By collecting donations of loose change, the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington raised $738.83 to donate to the American Heart Association.

The Pathways Academy Student Council organized the fundraiser and set a goal of $600, which was well surpassed, Herkimer BOCES Principal of Alternative Education Patrick Corrigan said.

“The staff and the kids step up here all the time,” he said. “I’m looking forward to see what’s next.”

Pathways Academy students participated in a kickball tournament and cardio relay on Wednesday, March 13, as a healthy heart activity. At the end of the event, members of the Pathways Academy Student Council presented the donation from their “Coins for a Cause” fundraiser to Laurie Schmidt, youth market director for the American Heart Association.

“Blown away,” Schmidt said, of what her reaction was to the donation from Pathways students. “It’s great how well they did. For them to raise over $700, it’s amazing.”

The kickball tournament and cardio relay were a nice addition to the day, Schmidt said.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “It’s a good way to get the kids up and moving and get their heartrates going – and just finding out exercise can be fun.”

Pathways Academy student Sam Lynch, a 10th-grader of Poland, first proposed the idea of raising money for the American Heart Association because her uncle passed away from a heart attack.

“And it’s just a good thing to do to help people,” she said.

Her ideas were brought to the Student Council. The Student Council listened, and the school responded in a big way with the fundraiser.

“It was really shocking,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

Pathways Academy social studies teacher Joelle Yost, who is the advisor for the Student Council, said students and staff were motivated to help with the fundraiser.

“A lot of us are affected by heart issues in our families,” she said.

The kickball tournament and cardio relay – which included doing jumping jacks, crab-walking and jumping rope – were about adding some exercise to the event.

“Just to get their hearts pumping,” Yost said.

Points were earned in both the kickball tournament and cardio relay. The winning team was social worker Chantal Salamone’s group, and they won a bag of sporting equipment such as balls and items for outdoor activities. It was Salamone’s last day at Pathways Academy, and she donated the prize to the school gym. All students also will receive lanyards and a pizza party, Yost said.

“Because they all did so amazing,” she said.

When student Council member Zach Maida, a 12th-grader of Poland, heard the idea for the fundraiser, he knew he wanted to get involved.

“Because it would be a good way to give back to the community,” he said.

He was happy with the way the school responded to raise so much money.

“I’m actually kind of proud of it,” he said.




School social worker holds up bag of balls she won as a prize as American Heart rep claps


Laurie Schmidt (left), youth market director for the American Heart Association, presents Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington social worker Chantal Salamone with a bag of prizes because Salamone’s group of students won first place in a healthy heart activity that included a kickball tournament and cardio relay on Wednesday, March 13.