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Mentoring program receives donation

The North Syracuse Central School District has received a grant to support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters School Based Mentoring Program at the high school.

The grant, totaling $5,000, was presented to the district from Tops Friendly Markets and accepted by the Board of Education during its meeting Monday Nov. 1, said Superintendent of Schools Jerome Melvin. The funds will support the newly formed program at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, which is a partnership with C-NS' school-age psychology program and Roxboro Road Elementary School in cooperation with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Onondaga County.

According to a memo from high school Executive Principal James Froio, the donation will be used to support student educational activities, provide healthy snacks, transportation needs and support special relationship building activities such as bowling.

"Thanks to Tops Friendly Markets, Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be able to support the 'little ones' through a variety of activities that would not be possible without their generous support," Froio said.

For more information about the mentoring program at the high school, or the donation from Tops Friendly Markets, contact C-NS School Age Psychology Teacher Sheryl Garafano at 218-4100 or by e-mail at SGarofan@nscsd.org.

The board also accepted the donations of:

; A Nordic Track exercise machine from high school social studies teacher Jack McAndrew The machine will be used by the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Adaptive Physical Education Department for students with disabilities to improve endurance, coordination, muscle strength and overall fitness.

; $1,368 from the C-NS Softball Boost "Her" Club for the purposes of installing dugout covers on the varsity and junior varsity softball field dugouts at the Gillette Road Middle School Complex.

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