May 27, 2011

Hackett Middle School & Lark Street BID Partner Up to Clean Up Lark Street

On Saturday, June 4th from 12-3pm the Lark Street Business Improvement District will be working with a group of student volunteers, parents, and teachers from Hackett Middle School to clean up Lark Street from Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue. 

Volunteers will be picking up garbage, weeding, removing graffiti, and number of other tasks in order to make Lark Street sparkle. 

Many of the Hackett Middle School volunteers are part of the Time Dollar Program which encourages student and family volunteerism, empowers the community and makes schools and neighborhoods stronger. Time Dollar participants give their personal time to help others. For every hour that a Hackett student or their parent volunteers in the school or on a community project, they will receive a Time Dollar. Time Dollars can then be used to receive a variety of goods and services from the Time Dollar store located on the main floor at Hackett Middle School. The store contains various items such as school supplies, backpacks, DVD players, basketballs, skateboards, and gift cards to local businesses. The Time Dollar program is based on a national model developed by Edgar Cahn, founder of the Time Dollar Institute.  

This successful collaborative effort has been coordinated by Ms. Zena Dorsey, Parent Partner in the resource center, the Lark Street BID, and in partnership with School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, as well as with support from Albany’s Department of General Services, JB Lodge, and CDTA.  The School District and the School of Social Welfare have been involved for several years in a collaborative effort to develop and expand the Time Dollar programs and family resources in the Albany schools.

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