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July 19, 2013

Agency dedicates new headquarters

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The facility is intended to meet organizational needs, increase the agency’s scope and impact, maximize efficiency and incubate regional economic revitalization.

The board room has been named after Lawson and Clint Allen, longtime seasonal residents of Essex, who also have developed a scholarship for graduating high school students from the town, which amounts to $10,000 over four years.

KUDOS FOR CFES

Willsboro School Superintendent Stephen Broadwell has his school affiliated with the organization and yearly visits with students from Harlem who participate.

“We have an advantage in having this amazing center of CFES in our back yard to create a culture that values education,” Broadwell said.

James H. Carter, former Selma, Ala., superintendent of schools, said he is “honored to be a partner of the new venture” and talked about how important it is to the future of the United States.

”If we are to remain No. 1, we must educate every boy and girl. This country has so much to offer, and we need to raise the expectations of these young people.”

GE Foundation has been a partner in the venture. The company’s education director, Kelli Wells, said: “Thousands and thousands of students have been touched, and it’s something we should all be proud of.”

State Assemblyman Dan Stec, Congressman Bill Owens and former Gov. George Pataki also all praised the organization, as did former Lake Placid School Superintendent Dr. Ernie H. Stratton, now board chair for College for Every Student.

“You can’t put a dollar amount on what has been done and all the lives CFES has touched in raising the aspirations and performances of students,” Stratton said. “CFES is more important than standardized tests.”

Email Alvin Reiner:rondackrambler@yahoo.com

TO LEARN MORE College for Every Student serves 20,000 students, known as CFES scholars, in 200 urban and rural schools across 24 states. Over the last seven years, 95 percent of CFES scholars graduated from high school and went on to college. For more information, go to: www.collegefes.org.

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