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Sample Activities 2010-2011
Culinary Arts, Office Assistant

Fall Semester
*Anti-protest rally in NYC to support Muslim-American’s in building a prayer center near the twin towers (student trip)
*Diana Morales-Manley photography exhibit at The Furnace (First Friday) and the Honest Weight Food Co-op
*HTDHS Battery Recycling Project (on-going)
*Local art exhibit, photo journalist Connie Frisbee Houde
*One Nation Protest: Washington DC rally for social change – anti-racism, workers rights, etc (student trip)
*North Lake Hike: ten miles, mountain

North Lake Mountain Hike
*Collin Coon drama project: Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast

*Jasmine Saunders art exhibit at Honest Weight Food Co-op, also assisted coordination of the show
*Collin Coon Times Union interviewed: concerning Rocky Horror
*National Spirit Day: the school wore purple and posted a photo in support of honoring, “the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.”
*Piano “De-construction”
*Family Fall Festival (fundraiser for community service trip)
*“Oye Loco”: Latino heritage stage production at the Palace Theater
*“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: professional performance at Capital Repertory Theater
*Brooklyn Free School / The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Manhattan / Central Park
*“A Christmas Carol”: professional performance at Capital Repertory Theater

National Spirit Day

Spring Semester
*Spirit Week
*Intersession Special Activities: Research Strategies, Oil Painting, Intro to Java Programming, Yoga, Drama, Yearbook Design, Survival, Psychic Development, Indian Food Cooking, Cult Films
*Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA)

Sample Activities 2009-2010
Ecology and Conservation, Child Care, Art, Planned Parenthood

Fall Semester
*Yes! Magazine cover photo and internal photos by Diana Morales-Manley
*Thatcher State Park Hike
*Alexandria Speller selected for NYCR (New York Capital Region) GLSEN Jump Start Chapter: leadership team member
*“Teacher Man”: live performance, a Frank McCourt tribute at SUNY Albany
*Cold Spring: mountain hike with Brooklyn Free School
*Ally Week: school participation and presentation by Alexandria (GLSEN)
*Diana Morales-Manley chosen as a board member of The Women’s Building
*Haunted House (fundraiser for community service trip)
*Rainbow Camp: winter camp out at Rainbow Camp
*Anti-Protest at Albany High School in support of their performance of Laramie Project
*Holiday Pie (fundraiser for community service trip)
*Marriage Equality Rights Protest at the Capital building
*Longview Sudbury School: educational community-building trip
*Fudge Sale (fundraiser for community service trip)

“It’s a Start” drama, student written and producedSpring Semester
*Spirit Week
*Winter Survival Camping Trip
*Democratic Education Symposium at Brooklyn Free School
*Bowling for Beds: Collin Coon won prize for most money raised by a youth
*Save NYS Parks (Thatcher) Rally and Protest
*Winter Survival Camping Trip
*Romeo & Juliet: Professional production at NYSTI
*Diana Morales-Manley photography exhibit at Java Jazz in Delmar
*Manhattan Free School: educational community-building visit to our school
*YMCA Camp Segowea: volunteer work projects
*Alexandria Speller: CDGLCC discussion panel participant for Pride Week
*Alexandria Speller: GLSEN and ACLU press conference and lobbying concerning “Dignity for All Students” legislation
*Alexandria Speller “It’s a Start” completion of student novel

“It’s a Start” drama, student written and produced*“It’s a Start” adaptation of novel into a play: student public production
*Cape Cod Community Service Trip:
-Volunteered at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
-Sandwich Glass Museum
-Scargo Tower
-Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
-Cape Cod Canal
-Pilgrim Monument
-John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum

Sample Activities 2008-2009

Fall Semester
*Cold Springs Hike with Brooklyn Free School
*Liberty Ridge Farm
*Union College Nott Memorial: sound installation
*Adventure Trip: camp out
*Dance Party (fundraiser for educational trip)

Student Organized Animal Rights Protest*NADEC Coordination Meeting

*Proctor’s International Films: The Kite (Israel / Lebanon)
*Poetry Open Mic at The Free School
*Mock Election: including student candidates, platforms, debate, and election
*Of Mice and Men: professional production at NYSTI
*Concert (fundraiser for educational trip)
*Proctor’s International Films: Bet Collector (Philippines)
*“Flight” based on the novel by Sherman Alexie at SUNY Albany
*World AIDS Observance activities at the NYS Museum
*NADEC Coordination Meeting @ Longview School

Spring Semester
*Alexandria Speller: selected for special community activism training through GLSEN
*Obama Inauguration: attendance in Washington DC
*Pizza Take-out Night (fundraiser for educational trip)

Pizza Night Fundraiser
*Art exhibits at local galleries in Troy

*Snow Shoeing at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
*New York State Museum – Breeding Birds Atlas, study with an environmentalist
*Boarded Up: student and staff artwork displayed at GSCA art installation
*Sleep-a-thon (to benefit the homeless): students raised 26% of money raised on site
*NCACS Conference: student and staff attendance
*LA Carlson Pipe Organ Co: building, repairing, and playing pipe organs
*Animal Rights Protest of Barnum & Bailey Circus: student organized and attended with news media interviews
*Pine Bush Reserve: press conference (print media interview and blogs)
*Kid Wind Challenge: first place winners in wind turbine contest
*Alexandria Speller selected for highly competitive Summer Writing Institute at SUNY
*Kristin Diodonet: honorable mention in “High School Art Makes History” Colonie Art League art contest
*Theater All Stars: theater training

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