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Springville-Griffith Institute Education Foundation's efforts recognized

SPRINGVILLE — The Erie County Association of School Boards has named the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation and S-GI as this year’s recipients of the Hodgson Russ Award for Excellence in Collaboration. The award is given out, each year, by the Erie County Association of School Boards, which represents the 29 school districts in Erie County.

The ECASB’s collaboration awards, established in 2005 and funded by Hodgson Russ LLP, recognize school programs between a school district and at least one partner that, according to the association, “are unique, exemplary, have the potential to be replicated elsewhere and propel the district toward greatness.”

Consideration is given to initiatives that include involvement outside the district.

The award was presented to representatives from S-GI and the foundation at a June 13 awards dinner.

“The Erie County Association of School Boards is happy to make these presentations and honor the districts that are doing these great things in their community,” said Andrew Loeb, a Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education member, who chaired the ECASB awards review team. “It’s a great way to help promote more collaboration and recognize the districts that have these great programs already.”

The foundation, comprised of community and business volunteers, has worked with S-GI on opportunities for students and the communities served by the district. “The partnership between S-GI and the foundation was distinguished, because it represents a unique collaborative venture with a community-wide reach and it can be a model for other school districts,” said the ECASB.

Loeb said that the awards review team “was very impressed with the work carried out by the foundation, in support of other important entities in the community, such as Springville Center for the Arts, Springville Youth Incorporated, the Boys & Girls Club and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.”

S-GI Superintendent Dr. Paul Connelly said, “The Community Education Foundation has been extremely supportive of not only the community, but the S-GI School District, as well. On behalf of the board of education and the district, we are extremely appreciative of their efforts.”

Loeb acknowledged the foundation for its work with the entire Springville community. “That’s one of the things that attracted us: the broad base of the foundation and the relationship it has with the school district,” he said. “Lots of school districts have foundations, but this one is broader and bigger, and that’s one thing we really liked about it.”

SGCEF President Michael Hannon said, “Our mission has been to enhance and extend opportunities for students in communities served by the S-GI District. We’re proud of the funding we have been able to provide to local organizations and we also are pleased at the number of grants we have distributed to S-GI classrooms, to support projects and programs that provide extra enrichment.”

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