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Students’ Community Service Project Benefits Komen Foundation

Students at Oswego County BOCES are joining nationwide efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. The students in Joanne St. Gelais and Marian Becker’s classrooms worked cooperatively to coordinate a community service project that generated funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Oswego County BOCES students and staff members display the paracord bracelets that they created as part of a community service project to benefit the CNY Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Above, left to right are: OCB Special Education Teacher Marian Becker, OCB employee and breast cancer survivor Marcia Albrecht, James Baldwin, Tobey Mills, Richard Preeman, Cody Holmquist, Susan G. Komen CNY Outreach Coordinator Jessica Bell, and OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky.
Oswego County BOCES students and staff members display the paracord bracelets that they created as part of a community service project to benefit the CNY Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Above, left to right are: OCB Special Education Teacher Marian Becker, OCB employee and breast cancer survivor Marcia Albrecht, James Baldwin, Tobey Mills, Richard Preeman, Cody Holmquist, Susan G. Komen CNY Outreach Coordinator Jessica Bell, and OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky.

The students, as part of the Circle of Courage philosophy adopted by the Special Education Department, participate in curriculum-enriched ABLE time each school day.

Standing for Actions Building Life Experience, ABLE time gives students an opportunity to engage in collaborative projects and build relationships while demonstrating personal responsibility.

It was during their ABLE time that the students created paracord bracelets to sell as a fundraiser for the Central New York Chapter of the Komen Foundation.

In conjunction with the community service project the students spent time with breast cancer survivor and OCB employee Marcia Albrecht.

Albrecht joined the students during their ABLE time to share how she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her personal journey that followed her diagnosis.

She talked about how valuable the Komen Foundation’s website was during her diagnosis and treatment and the students shared their own personal stories about a friend or family member that has been impacted by cancer.

The project generated $188 for the foundation and was presented to CNY Komen Foundation Outreach Coordinator Jessica Bell in mid-June.