CCHS iCARE Presents $12,000 to Equinox

group of administrators and high school students pose with a big check
Presenting a check at the Board of Education meeting from Equinox, Inc. are Rachael Carey, Annual Giving and Events Coordinator; Sydney Clifford, Program Services Coordinator; and CEO John Henley. From iCARE are Advisor Tom Kachadurian, Co-President Brianna Fields, Sophie Norton, Grace Weidman, Anna Rossetti, Molly Lamendola, and Treva Warzocha.

The Colonie Central High School iCARE organization donated $12,000 of the money it raised this year to Equinox Inc., its sole partner this school year in tackling domestic violence and abuse. iCARE was recognized by South Colonie the Board of Education in June for their efforts.

Together the iCARE team planned and executed five major fundraising events, including Raiderfest 2019, and collaborated with nearly every club in the high school to educate, integrate, fund-raise and create support services for those experiencing domestic violence or abuse.  More than 1,600 hours went into a collective effort of planning, organizing and executing the total events, drives and donations they initiated.

This year’s iCARE Cabinet included 20 students from all grade levels, committee assignments including over 80 students and total volunteers of nearly 550 Colonie High School students, not to mention the many, many, staff, alumni and community members who offered their help and services.

iCARE has truly become a reflection of connecting people, enhancing civic responsibilities and developing pathways for our children to lead us into the future. The iCARE team would like to thank the Board of Education, District and building administration, the South Colonie Teachers Association and all of the support staff for their committed and continued commitment in working diligently on educating the whole student.  Stayed tuned as next year’s iCARE team will look to address the very difficult but very relevant topic of mental health as they look to partner with Northern Rivers