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The Sauger­ties Ju­nior High School Builder’s Club,

ad­vised by High School English teacher Hope An­tonelli, held its sev­enth an­nual Big Give at Sauger­ties High School track on Nov. 5.

The Big Give, which was started seven years ago by An­tonelli’s Builder’s Club, part of the Ki­wa­nis fam­ily, has raised thou­sands of dol­lars for lo­cal fam­i­lies and char­i­ties in need. This year, The Big Give was in honor of a fallen po­lice of­fi­cer, Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment Sgt. Kerry Win­ters. A hus­band and the father of two chil­dren, he lost his life while on duty.

Fel­low law en­force­ment per­son­nel came out to show their sup­port, along with over 50 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Builder’s Club Mem­bers col­lected do­na­tions and then ran or walked three miles in Win­ters’ honor. The club raised over $800 for the Win­ters fam­ily.

••• The MidHud­son Rebels 12u soft­ball team com­pleted two com­mu­nity ser­vice drives for the ben­e­fit of vet­er­ans and ser­vice mem­bers.

One event was a drive they held to raise funds for the Cap­i­tal District Pa­triot Flight or­ga­ni­za­tion. The team’s drive ran through Oc­to­ber and was done to send se­nior cit­i­zens who are vet­er­ans to Washington, D.C., to see the mon­u­ments erected in their honor.

The team’s ef­forts raised more than $1,700, enough money to pay for send­ing five vet­er­ans to Washington, D.C.

The sec­ond project was a cleanup at the Ar­mory in Kingston on Oct. 29. The play­ers did weed­ing, yard work, etc. They chose this project to round out the events honoring past and cur­rent ser­vice mem­bers. Some of the play­ers’ par­ents and grand­par­ents are ei­ther cur­rently or for­merly sta­tioned out of the Kingston-based re­serve.

••• Ul­ster BOCES Avi­a­tion pro­gram and High­land High School grad­u­ate Valentina Hur­tado re­cently took first place in the Hud­son Val­ley Hor­nets’ Spot Land­ing con­test on Oct. 8 at Old Or­chard Air­port in Plat­tekill.

Dur­ing the con­test, Hur­tado was tasked with set­ting the air­plane down on or clos­est to the des­ig­nated spot. She

came within 47 feet of her tar­geted area. Rules for the con­test in­cluded only one at­tempt per pi­lot while fol­low­ing nor­mal pat­tern pro­ce­dures. Hur­tado said a press re­lease that her time spent in the avi­a­tion pro­gram at the Ca­reer & Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter was part of her suc­cess. “I re­mem­bered a lot of it from my train­ing,” Hur­tado says.

Ul­ster BOCES Avi­a­tion stu­dents forged a re­la­tion­ship with the mem­bers of the Hud­son Val­ley Hor­nets when they be­gan work­ing to­gether to re­store an early model 7AC Aeronca Champ air­craft more than a year ago. This ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with the air­craft ex­perts and en­thu­si­asts en­riched both their air­craft ex­po­sure and knowl­edge.

••• The first-grade class at Dutchess Day School spent a day ex­plor­ing the wet­lands and streams at Mill­brook School ,a nearby board­ing school, in Oc­to­ber.

In keep­ing with their mis­sion, which fo­cuses on en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and com­mu­nity ser­vice, the hon­ors bi­ol­ogy class at Mill­brook ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to the first-graders at Dutchess be­cause they wanted to help teach the younger stu­dents about re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment and an un­der­stand­ing of the del­i­cacy of the web of life.

Mill­brook bi­ol­ogy teacher, Jessie Martin, says that one goal in bring­ing the younger stu­dents to cam­pus was for them “to en­joy the marsh and, by do­ing so, de­sire to pro­tect it.” The hon­ors stu­dents, mostly 11th-graders, were tasked with creat­ing a les­son plan that would con­nect very young stu­dents with the ma­te­rial. They had to have ob­jec­tives, con­vey con­tent, en­sure a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence out­doors — all while tak­ing ac­count of the chil­dren’s age and knowl­edge base.

The first-graders were di­vided into two groups at first, tak­ing turns do­ing learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. In one, they were given an­i­mal cards and, while creat-

ing an ac­tual web on the wall, the stu­dents had to fig­ure out where each card be­longed on the food web. They were asked to think about what would hap­pen if an or­gan­ism dis­ap­peared en­tirely from the web, ei­ther at the top (a preda­tor) or the bot­tom (prey).

The other group looked at macro in­ver­te­brates that the bi­ol­ogy stu­dents had pre-col­lected, so the chil­dren would see ex­am­ples of the kinds of or­gan­isms that would be in the wa­ter when they went out to ex­plore.

Fi­nally, all the stu­dents, young and old, went out into a trib­u­tary stream within the wet­lands on the Mill­brook prop­erty. The bi­ol­ogy stu­dents gave their charges a trea­sure hunt so they could look for things such as an or­gan­ism with a tail, some­thing alive, some­thing dead, a col­or­ful crea­ture, etc. The stu­dents found mainly crus­taceans (cray­fish) and in­sects, such as the lar­vae of drag­on­flies, mayflies, Dob­son flies, dam­sel­flies and other crea­tures that in­di­cate a healthy en­vi­ron­ment with plenty of oxy­gen.

Mem­bers of the Sauger­ties Ju­nior High School Builder’s Club.


Mill­brook School hon­ors bi­ol­ogy stu­dent Char­lie Zhu and Dutchess Day School first-grader Jet Thorne ready their col­lec­tion tools as they pre­pare for the ecol­ogy project in­volv­ing the two schools.

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