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'Quite amazing'

More kids come to school in Schenectady

Free meals tops among reasons for attendance increase

Martin Luther King School eighth grader, Jacob Cafarella, carefully reads over a biography of Irish immigrant, John Kildoyle, 14, that migrated to Schenectady in 1849 to work at the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). The students each presented a historical profile on the experiences of Irish, German, Polish, Italian  immigrants working at ALCO during teacher Patrick Bergin's Social Studies class.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Martin Luther King School eighth grader, Jacob Cafarella, carefully reads over a biography of Irish immigrant, John Kildoyle, 14, that migrated to Schenectady in 1849 to work at the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). The students each presented a historical profile on the experiences of Irish, German, Polish, Italian immigrants working at ALCO during teacher Patrick Bergin's Social Studies class.
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Attendance has skyrocketed in the Schenectady City School District, with almost every elementary school student and most older students showing up regularly, according to first-quarter records. Last year, only 58 percent of the district’s elementary school kids managed to show up at least 90 percent of the time. This year, that jumped to 91 percent. Statistics show students with 90 percent attendance are likely to graduate from high school, Superintendent Laurence Spring said. “Kids who ...


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tonijean613
January 11, 2014
8:33 a.m.

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Mr. Spring is doing a FANTASTIC JOB ! He gets it !!

safny
January 11, 2014
2:08 p.m.

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Walmart is, I believe, paying for the free breakfast. Also - who decides on the statistics?? If a kid shows up for breakfast and leaves in an hour - how is that counted?

mezz3131
January 14, 2014
6:22 p.m.

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This proves that about 30% of the students parents are too busy selling their food stamps to get cash so they can buy cigs, beer and more tattoos. They have no interest in feeding their children.

Sarcasm aside, this sounds like a great program, its just too bad that its necessary.

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