CASDA introduced the Friends of Education award during its Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner in 2014 to celebrate the diverse contributions to student success that come from all corners of school communities.
However, with overwhelming participation from area superintendents who used this opportunity to recognize deserving members of their school community, the number of “Friends of Education” awards grew to the point where it became necessary to hold a separate “Friends of Education Dinner” to permit more worthy individuals in our school communities to be celebrated. This newly created dinner will be held on February 16 at 6:30 pm at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. It will be a celebration of the hard work, generosity and dedication of teachers, administrators, staff members, parents and community members whose work as Friends of Education has galvanized their schools and enriched the lives of students.
Last year, CASDA honored a total of nine Friends of Education awardees including David Capitula, a bus driver at Watervliet who was honored for his inexhaustible generosity and unique ability to connect with students, and Frank Leak, Mayor of the Town of Colonie, who was recognized for ensuring that students were provided with access to safe and supportive after school programming. These gentlemen embody the fact that it truly does "take a village" to support the next generation. Mr. Capitula, Mayor Leak and their fellow Friends of Education represent the very best of that village.
Please join us in honoring the outstanding individuals in our school communities and their commitment to education's highest ideals and values by nominating a school community member for the 2016 Friends of Education award here.