At a district board meeting held on August 29, 2022, Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club representative and former Past-President Mr. Michael Sweet presented a check donation in the amount of $8,954 to district administrators. The specific purpose of the contribution was to assist the FFCS technology department in providing hands-on learning opportunities for high school students while upgrading some of their hardware and tools.
Today, the Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club visited the technology department to see how their recent contribution is impacting today’s Fonda-Fultonville High School students. Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club representatives, joined by FFCS Technology teachers Mr. Garren and Mr. Headwell, received a detailed tour of the technology facilities and witnessed the direction in which their financial support has improved the program. Utilizing the donation funds, the district was able to add a variety of carpentry saws and belt sanders, along with additional carpentry items to keep the program up-to-date and engaging for students.
“We had received feedback from members of the business community on how to encourage the next generation of students to become interested in the skilled trades,” said Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club President Neil Thomas. “The motivation for this project was to be able to offer students a hands-on experience of basic skills, and allow them to consider a career in the trades.”
At FFCS, nearly a quarter of the student population in the high school is enrolled in technology classes, with almost 100 students per day being introduced to the new technology features in the district’s technology department.
“It was nice to see that the equipment purchased with the funds donated by the Lions Club is already making a difference in the lives of so many Fonda-Fultonville students. This is exactly what we were hoping our donation would accomplish,” said Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club representative and former Past-President Mr. Michael Sweet.
“As a district, we are fortunate to have community partners that support the students and programs at FFCS,” said Superintendent of Schools Mr. Ciaccio. “We thank the Fonda-Fultonville Lions Club for their generous donation and for seeing the value in the skilled trades.”