Joe Robach supports education by participating in the “Dictionary Project”. At the beginning of each new school year, Joe Robach and the Greece and Hilton Rotary Club distribute brand new dictionaries to 3rd grade students in the Greece and Hilton School Districts. These dictionaries provide students with comprehension and vocabulary skills. The dictionaries also include maps, presidential history, measurements, and sign language. Since the implementation of the program in 2007, over 8,500 dictionaries have been distributed to students. This year, 1,300 dictionaries will be given to 3rd grade students.

The dictionary is for the student to keep, so they can take it with them into the fourth grade and use it throughout their education career. The Dictionary Project is designed to aid third grade teaches in their goals to see their students leave at the end of the year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers.

Joe Robach believes students will succeed with their education if they are given the proper tools. “The dictionaries that these students are given will help them during their entire school year. The information contained in the dictionary will be helpful to them at school and at home,” said Joe Robach. Joe Robach understands that a dictionary is the first and most powerful education tool a child should own. It is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities. Many students also benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim “look it up”. Teachers also benefit from the project by knowing that their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in class explorations.

The Rotary Dictionary Project supported by Joe Robach is an opportunity for students to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. Joe Robach is committed to supporting education tools that help students.

For more information on this education initiative, contact the office of Joe Robach.


A recent US News & World Report ranked several local colleges in their annual report. The University of Rochester was ranked 33rd in the National University category, the Rochester Institute of Technology was ranked 7th and The State University of New York at Geneseo ranked 10th , Nazareth College ranked 33rd and Roberts Wesleyan College ranked 47th in the Regional University North Category.

Joe Robach was proud to see so many of the local higher education institutes on the 2012 list. “The US News & World Report that ranked several of our local higher education institutions is a true testament to how vital our colleges to the upstate community. Not only did the list rank our private institutions, but our SUNY intuitions as well. Throughout my tenure in the Legislature, I have worked hard to promote the affordability and accessibility of our state’s higher education institutions – both public and private. As a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and an alum of the SUNY system, my commitment to making higher education a priority remains strong,” said Joe Robach.

Joe Robach and his colleagues in state government have worked hard to make SUNY campuses the leading drivers of economic growth in communities across the state. Also, the ranking of local private higher education institutes shows that the investment of state dollars to these institutions is making a significant difference.

For more education information, please contact the Office of Joe Robach.


Joe Robach wants parents to know that heavy, overload backpacks can pose a serious health risk to your children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents look for the following when choosing the right backpack for their child:

- A lightweight pack that does not add a lot of weight to your child’s load. For example, even though leather packs are stylish, they weigh more than the traditional canvas packs.
- Two wide, padded shoulder straps. Straps that are too narrow can dig into a child’s shoulders.
- A padded back which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp objects (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc) that are inside the pack.
- A waist belt which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body.
- Multiple compartments, which can also help distribute weight more evenly.

Another education safety tip that Joe Robach wants to share is that although pack on wheels may be good options for students, they are extremely difficult to pull up stairs and roll through snow. This could cause an additional safety hazard for students. Check with your child’s school before buying a rolling pack; many do not allow them because of the tripping hazard associated with them.

Joe Robach wants all students to have a happy and healthy education experience and is happy to share these backpack tips with the community! If you need more education information, feel free to contact the office of Joe Robach.


As students embark on the new school year, Joe Robach wants to provide parents and students with crucial education information. The start of the new school year always brings the promise of something new—new teachers, new classrooms, new subjects, a new beginning—but it can also pose uniqure challenges for students (and even parents) having to navigate the social and academic climates both inside and outside the classroom.

Joe Robach encourages parents to be involved with their child’s education. One of the best ways to be involved is to join the Parent-Teacher Association. To find out more information, talk to your child’s teacher. Joe Robach suggests other ways for parents to be involved in their child’s education:

• Read to your children at home every night, and encourage them to read to you. Ask about the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) Program to find out if your child’s school participates
• Acknowledge and reward children for their successes and accomplishments
• Get to know their teachers and their daily schedule
• Be part of their nightly homework; help where you can and be encouraging
• Look into your child’s after school programs and activities.

If you have any questions regarding the education system in New York State, feel free to contact the Office of Joe Robach.


On Thursday, August 23, 2012, Joe Robach had the privilege to speak at the ceremony to honor Greece Central School District graduates. Joe Robach understands how important it is for students to complete their education by obtaining a high school diploma. Students who complete their high school education are far more likely to succeed in their future career goals. Diplomas were given to students who completed the General Education Development (GED) program through The Adult Literacy and The Bridges Program and high school students. This year’s event provided 68 adults with their GED Diploma through Adult Literacy. The Bridges Program handed out GED Diplomas to 39 students. There were 27 high school students that received their GED Diploma.

The education event also honored a very special graduate. 83-year old Jerry Oransky received the New York State Operation Recognition award. Through this program, veterans can earn their high school diploma if they left school without graduating to serve our country.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be part of such a special event with the Greece Central School District. Seeing students, young and old, complete their education is inspiriting. I am very proud of everyone who received their diploma today. I extremely honored to see Mr. Oransky received his diploma, as he sacrificed so much to defend our country,” said Joe Robach.

For more education information, contact the office of Joe Robach.