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Liverpool Phone-a-thon, a huge success

A thanks in large part to the generosity of the entire Liverpool community, our recent Phone-a-thon was an overwhelming success.

On two Sunday evenings in early March, nearly 300 student volunteers contacted district residents, family members, and friends for a total of more than $24,000 in pledges, considerably more than last year. We topped $16,000 on the first night of the Phone-a-thon, breaking our previous record for the most money pledged during one evening.

We especially appreciate the community commitment during these difficult economic times. Board member Matt Hinkey spearheaded the event with help from other adult volunteers. Members of the Dollars For Scholars Board of Directors trained the students; served pizza, snacks, and beverages; and oversaw the entire process. We were impressed with the students who came to help -- their friendliness, their appreciation for the food, and their work ethic. It is gratifying to the Board members to see the students working as hard as we are for scholarships, which will be awarded to graduating Liverpool High School seniors at a special reception on Thursday June 24.

Liverpool Dollars for Scholars application forms were distributed to seniors following the senior assembly on March 1. Completed applications are due in the Liverpool High School Counseling Center (Room 405) no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday April 1. Consult the Web site, liverpool.k12.ny.us, click on the high school, then departments, the Career Center, and then Dollars for Scholars for specific information about scholarships.

The Dollars for Scholars Selection Committee will meet later in the spring to choose the winners and alternates based on student qualifications and specific criteria for each scholarship. Scholarship donors and winners will be invited to the June 24 reception, the next big event on our agenda.

We are in the planning stages for the reception, which gives us a chance to publicly acknowledge the individuals and organizations that sponsor the event and the donors who contribute the money for scholarships as well as recognize the students who win the scholarships. Sponsors are needed to underwrite the cost of the reception; contact Board President John Cerrone at 451-4653 if you can help.

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