New York Awarded $6.7 Million in Federal Grants for Low-Income Students

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a $6.7 million in federal College Access Challenge Grants has been awarded to New York State. This grant money will increase college enrollment and completion among low-income students across New York.

As a member of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Joe Robach was pleased to see New York State awarded this grant to support education for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

“I have always believed that everyone should have the opportunity to get an education so they can be successful in their adult life,” said Joe Robach. “This grant money will give more New York college students, and soon-to-be college students, the chance to go on to earn a college degree, something that is so valuable in today’s world.”

Senator Joe Robach has always advocated for making higher education more cost-friendly so that every student can work towards the goal of enrolling in college, while not having the worry about how they are going to pay for it.

This is the fifth federal College Access Challenge Grant awarded to New York State. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation will administer the grant and has successfully competed for New York’s previous four federal CAGG awards totaling $29 million and has provided services to more than 124,000 New Yorkers.

Senator Joe Robach Distributes Dictionaries at Northwood Elementary School

Recently, Senator Joe Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs at Northwood Elementary School to distribute Student Dictionaries to the school’s third grade classes. Joe Robach has participated in student dictionary distribution with the Rotary Club for several years now and sees it as a great way to support education, especially at the elementary school level.

Senator Joe Robach, along with the Greece and Hilton Rotarians, taught the students about the importance of literacy and the benefits of exploring their new dictionary. Each dictionary also includes information sections about the galaxies, continents and all 50 states!

“I can still remember getting my first dictionary when I was in elementary school and how excited I was to bring it home to show my parents,” said Joe Robach. “I only hope that these students will get as much use out of it as I did, and that they feel the same excitement.”

Senator Joe Robach continues to support education throughout Monroe County, not only through the dictionary distribution project, but in many other ways as well. He is a firm believer that we can improve the classroom experience for all children if we give them the proper tools to learn and find new ways to make learning more enjoyable.

“The truth is, the dictionary distribution is only a small part of what we can do to improve education and literacy in our schools,” said Senator Joe Robach. “We also need the parents to encourage students to utilize and explore their dictionaries, and other learning tools, as much as possible.”

Senator Joe Robach Helps Cut Ribbon on Renovated Rochester City Schools

With the 2013-2014 school year recently underway, Joe Robach is an active supporter of education and the Rochester City School District. That’s why he was on hand to help re-open several City of Rochester schools that have undergone various renovations and improvements. A week before the start of school, students, teachers, parents and school administrators convened at the Enrico Fermi School #17 on Orchard Street and at Helen Barrett Montgomery School #50 in the City of Rochester.

School #17 is a newly rebuilt school that serves grades pre-K through 8 and is an Extended Learning Time School adding 300 hours to the school year for each student. Joe Robach was pleased to discuss the importance of education as one of the distinguished speakers at the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This is a magnificent, new facility for you to learn and grow in. This facility is as good as any that I’ve seen in the Rochester area, it’s now up to you to put in the work to ensure you get the most out of your education,” commented Senator Joe Robach.

School #50 serves grades K through 6 with an academic vision of “Academic excellence: every minutes counts!” Senator Joe Robach echoed that vision and stressed the importance of education, to students and their parents at the school’s opening celebration. “This building is an investment in to you and your education, I know that you all are capable of big things and you now have the resources to do it,” said Joe Robach.

As a native of the Charlotte area, Senator Joe Robach was especially excited to help reopen Charlotte High School on Lake Avenue after it had been closed for substantial renovations. The newly renovated school will not only be home to Charlotte High School and its 9th – 12th graders, but will also be home to the Rochester Leadership Academy for Young Men. Senator Joe Robach was excited to hear about the education the students will receive at this new school.

“The Leadership Academy for Young Men has a commitment to providing young men with an education focused on discipline and respect. The students at this new institution will learn the importance of an education, I have no doubt about that,” said Senator Joe Robach.