Student VIP lounge reinstated

Fund drive and student programs successful

GLOVERSVILLE –Middle School students in the Gloversville Enlarged School district now have an extra incentive for doing their best with a special new place to have lunch.

Principal Mark Batty announced during Monday’s Board of Education meeting that the middle school has brought back the VIP lounge. The lounge will feature a ping pong table, games, music and smart TV.

“It is an opportunity for our students who are doing well to eat lunch in the lounge upstairs,” Batty said.

Batty said the middle school wants to put a focus this year on rewarding the majority of students in the district who do the right thing everyday. The VIP Lounge is one of those things set aside for those students.

“We need to start doing that. So we are going to start concentrating on that this year,” Batty said.

There is a criteria for getting into the VIP lounge and a list of students who can use the room has been generated from the latest marking period. Batty said next marking period will see a different group of kids using the lounge.

Batty said the middle school will continue to outfit the room to “celebrate kids who do the right thing everyday.”

Also during the meeting:

∫ Batty said students in the Builders Club program also recently helped raise more than $800 for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive. Students, parents and teachers joined the Salvation Army to ring the bells at Price Chopper and Walmart in recent weeks.

Batty said the Builders Club has an established relationship with the Salvation Army already, with students volunteering to serve meals in the soup kitchen on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The GMS builders club provides volunteer opportunities for students. During it’s first year in 2016, students completed 290 hours of community service.

Students do a variety of community service programs including visiting nursing homes, making care packages for soldiers and they even helped clean trash along the Cayadutta Creek.

∫ The impact of the My Brother’s Keeper event held on Nov. 20 is still being felt in the district.

High School Principal Richard DeMallie said Paul and Nathaniel Ligon have met again with students who were present to get feedback on the My Brother’s Keeper program.

The Ligons came to Gloversville High School to meet with African American males from the high school and middle school. Paul Ligon is a 1991 GHS graduate and Nathaniel Ligon works in the business office of the Tampa Bay Buchaneers. He graduated from GHS in 2012.

The pair talked about the paths they took after graduating from the district, what they would have done differently while they were in middle and high school and answer questions about college and career paths.

In 2016, GESD was awarded a $26,574 grant as a part of the program. The My Brother’s Keeper grant was created in 2014 by then-President Barack Obama. The grant is geared toward young men of color.

DeMallie said the district has some monies from the program left for college and career readiness for the students.