December 23, 2015—The Cohoes City School district has been awarded a $500 from First Niagara Bank to purchase rewards such as gift cards and field trips for students in the Providing Alternative Guidance in Education (PAGE) program. The rewards will serve as added incentive for students to demonstrate positive behavior in and out of the classroom.
The PAGE program, which has seen success in increasing students' academic achievement while at the same time lowering chronic absenteeism and disciplinary issues of students, is housed at Cohoes High School and currently serves more than two dozen students in grades 9-12.
“This grant will support the point system currently in place,” Cohoes High School Principal Bryan Wood said. “We're grateful to First Niagara for the funding, which will have a direct impact on the success of our students.”
The PAGE program provides added support to at-risk students throughout their high school years to keep them on track to graduate.
The First Niagara grant is the latest in a series of grants awarded to the Cohoes City School District; other wins this school year include $5,000 to fund activities promoting pathways to college and a $273,682 grant from the NYS Education Department to expand the district's pre-k program for 36 additional students.