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February 23, 2013

A lot on tap for Unadilla Valley's 10th anniversary

With the Unadilla Valley Central School celebrating its 10th anniversary Jan. 7, the district recently announced several initiatives. They included a re-dedication ceremony May 3. An alumni dinner is also being organized for that weekend. Superintendent Robert Mackey is looking for volunteers to help for the weekend events. He can be reached at or 847-7500, ext. 1131. He encouraged people to share the UVCS Alumni Association Facebook page or follow the link at

The school recently received a federal School Performance Improvement Grant that will help the district continue to improve programming for the future, he said. The school has already started to lay the foundation to offer students the opportunity to graduate high school with a two-year college associate’s degree along with their high school diploma. The goal is to have everything in place for freshman starting by fall 2015.

The first class in a monthly cooking school at the Boys & Girls Club of Sidney was a success, said club Executive Director James Tweedie. On Thursday, 21 students made a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs and salad for more than 60 people. The program is based on the Eat Smart New York program, said Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County nutrition teaching assistant Amy VanAlstyne. She has worked with the club before.

Program information includes: eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat milk or milk products every day; be physically active every day as part of a healthy lifestyle; balance calories eaten from foods and beverages with calories used when being physically active. It also teaches participants such skills as reading labels to find the most nutritious food.

The Sidney program is funded through a state nutrition grant through the state Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. It also allows the club to serve healthy after-school snacks. Since the program started Jan. 17, more than 570 snacks have been provided to more than 100 area youth.

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