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Liverpool Dollars for Scholars efforts still going strong

Winter weather forced the cancellation of the first night of our annual Phone-a-thon. Our second scheduled night, March 13, was a success thanks in part to the generosity of the entire Liverpool community. Approximately 100 student volunteers contacted district residents, family members and friends, collecting a total of nearly $15,000 in pledges which is considerably more than last year. If you missed our call, we hope you will respond generously to the mailed request for a donation to make your contribution. 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-including their friendliness, 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 22.

Liverpool Dollars for Scholars application forms were distributed to seniors following the senior assembly on Feb. 28. Completed applications are due in the Liverpool High School Counseling Center (Room 405) no later than 3 p.m. on Friday April 1. Consult the website (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 22 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 scholarship money, 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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