Senator Joe Robach has always supported education in any way possible. In 2013, Senator Robach was able to secure funding for libraries in the City of Rochester and the Towns of Brighton, Gates, Greece, Hamlin and Parma. The funding was used towards the purchase and upgrade of computers and new technology at the library facilities.
“Education really goes beyond just the classroom. Not only are libraries a safe haven for communities, they are also a place children can go for access to technology and things like computers and the internet. Libraries also offer fun and exciting programs for students that can help make literacy and learning more fun,” said Joe Robach.
As a sign of appreciation for his support and advocacy of education and area libraries, the Rochester Regional Library Council recently presented Joe Robach with a certificate at its annual legislative breakfast. “I’m truly humbled by this recognition from the Rochester Regional Library Council,” said Robach. “The fact of the matter is, I don’t support libraries for recognition, I support libraries because they improve our communities and our schools.”
In addition to securing funding for area libraries, Joe Robach has supported education recently through his dictionary distribution project at elementary schools, and has talked to local high school students about the importance of government and activism in the community. Joe Robach believes that by supporting education and our students, we can better our community.
Senator Joe Robach has been pleased to once again support literacy education in the Greece and Hilton School Districts through his dictionary distribution project. Joe has partnered with the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs for several years on this fun and educational program for third grade students.
“It’s essential that we teach our children the importance of literacy education at an early age so they can carry it on throughout their time in school,” said Joe Robach. “This program makes it fun and exciting for the students, and gives them their own dictionary that they can keep forever.”
Joining Senator Joe Robach were members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs, who helped to coordinate the project with each school district. These dictionaries have a vast amount of information, not just word definitions – from galaxies and planets, to states and continents and much, much more!
Joe Robach believes we can improve the classroom experience for students by giving them the tools to make learning fun and exciting. Third grade students at the following schools all received dictionaries from this program:
Greece Schools – Buckman Heights Elementary School, Craig Hill Elementary School, Discovery Charter School, Lakeshore Elementary School, Paddy Hill Elementary School and Pine Brook Elementary School.
Hilton Schools – Northwood Elementary School, Quest Elementary School and Village Elementary School.
Senator Joe Robach was pleased to join students and facility members from MCC on National Voter Registration day to support their voter registration drive. Joe Robach educated students on the importance of registering to vote, as well as voting in elections every year.
This grassroots effort was conducted by staff members of the MCC Democracy Commitment program and members of the MCC Student Senate. The idea behind the voter registration drive was to encourage voter participation and registration, issues Senator Joe Robach feels strongly about and takes every opportunity possible to educate people of their importance.
“The United States of America was founded upon voter registration and all citizens having an equal voice in their government; that’s something I believe very strongly in as an Elected Official,” said Senator Joe Robach. “As an Elected Official, it is part of my job to educate the public about voter registration and encourage voter participation.”
Joe Robach was pleased to see so many young college students eager to learn about government and the importance of voter registration during his visit to the MCC campus. Joe Robach believes that fighting for education is not just through advocacy and financial support, but also through empowering people and encouraging them to vote in all elections – federal, state and local elections, as well as school budget and school board elections.