Multiplying Good, formerly the Jefferson Awards Foundation, stands behind the power of service to others in bringing out the greatness that lies within us all. For 50 years, the organization has been honoring those who put others first.
As outlined on the foundation’s website, over the past five decades, the list of Jefferson Award recipients is unparalleled. They include hundreds of national figures — both public and private —more than 63,000 unsung heroes, and tens of thousands of employees and young people in communities across the country. These individuals represent the good that is happening all around us, in every community across the nation.
“We are proud to congratulate longstanding teacher Jessica Lafex who was recently recognized for her volunteer work within the Niskayuna community,” said Dr. David Perry superintendent of schools. “Jessica has been a dedicated teacher in our district for 15 years and it is no surprise that her work ethic and commitment to youth extends beyond the work day.”
Lafex was recently recognized for her service as pantry manager of Nisky Nutrition on Weekends Inc., the Niskayuna Central School District’s weekend food program that runs year round providing food and hygiene items to students.
In addition to Lafex’s daytime responsibilities of teaching English 7/8 to students in the South Colonie Central School District, as outlined in a recent article in the Daily Gazette Lafex plans meals, organizes the food once delivered and packs into bags for families. She also serves on the board of directors for Nisky NOW participating in fundraising and planning, leads two Girl Scout troops and is the president of two town parent teacher organizations. She dedicates countless hours and energy for the children and families in Niskayuna, including some of the most vulnerable.
“This is awfully flattering. I’ve only ever just wanted to help where I could. That people see me deserving of this recognition is touching, and I’m humbled,” said Mrs. Lafex.