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Volney school welcomes Greg Callen

Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen. Callen shared his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his journey helped him establish Move Along Inc. The relay race gave students at the school an opportunity to experience being a member of an inclusionary relay race team.
Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen.

Volney Elementary School recognized March as perseverance month and welcomed a special visit by a local man who knows exactly what it means to persevere.

Eight years ago, Greg Callen survived a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair. Today, he thrives as a business professional and commits much of his time to helping individuals of all ages with disabilities through his non-profit organization, Move Along Inc.

As Volney’s guest of honor at the school’s March character education assembly, Callen spoke to students about his journey and how a positive attitude and a commitment to persevere helped him overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals.

An avid athlete with a passion for many sports, Callen shared with the students how in the face of adversity, he is still able to participate in the recreational activities he’d always enjoyed.

He demonstrated how he enjoys bicycling using a hand-cycle, how a customized wheelchair and a sled allow him to play basketball and ice hockey and how his organization, Move Along Inc., makes it possible for other individuals to be engaged in similar inclusionary recreational activities.

“Inclusion sports are for everyone. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. What you get out of a game is what matters most,” he said when he gave students at the school an opportunity to try the customized athletic equipment and be a member of an inclusionary relay race team.

He encouraged the students to face difficulties in their lives with the same principles that have helped him achieve his goals.

“Try to better yourself all of the time and remember we are all here to help one another,” he said.

Fulton school district proposes capital project

by Nicole Reitz

The Fulton City School District is in the planning stages of a new capital construction project.

The proposed project will include work to be done at Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools and a roof replacement at the G. Ray Bodley High School.

King + King Architects came to the most recent school board to present the scope of the project. His presentation included specific work in two categories, either priority one or priority two upgrades.

Technology upgrades are needed at Volney and Fairgrieve as well.

Left out in the 2007 and 2009 capital projects, Volney Elementary would need technology upgrades and subsequent classroom renovations for those upgrades.

Currently, Volney has movable partitions between classrooms. In this proposed capital project, those would be replaced with actual walls.

Renovation of the school’s existing computer classroom (adjacent to the Media Center) will be scheduled and a new computer classroom would be created.

Work at Volney could begin as soon as the spring of 2014 with the project closing out in the 2014-2015 school year.

Fairgrieve needs electrical wiring and security improvements, which includes cameras and access control.

The upgrades for technology at Fairgrieve and Volney would bring the two schools up to the level of the rest of the district’s buildings.

A special concern for Fairgrieve in the asbestos casing material in the plaster in the school’s ceilings.

“Fairgrieve has a good deal of abesestos, but it is not really an issue until you start to distrubt it,” said Kerry Tarolli of King + King Architects of Syracuse.

The goal at Fairgrieve is to take out all of the asbestos material in classrooms and the corridors and install new ceiling tile and grid during the summer of 2014.

Lockers within the classrooms would be removed and the school would get new ductwork and relief fans.

According to Tarolli, asbestos abatement couldn’t start until the summer and certain areas will need to be under containment.

Double shifts of aspestos abatement would be a priority so that other contractors and electricians could follow behind and ensure that rooms are ready for September.

Looking at the 2010 Building Condition survey, the highest priority number two would be the roofing at the high school.

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American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School honors local soldier

American hero – Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local solider Eric Lockwood. Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan. Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt. Lockwood, who attended Volney school, visited classrooms after the assembly, meeting and answering students questions. From left are Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson, Town of Volney Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Lockwood, Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and teacher Kathleen DeLisle. In front are students Mary Jerred and Julia Guarrera. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Volney Elementary School held a patriotic assembly Monday, honoring local soldier Eric Lockwood.

Students from Volney sent Lockwood cards, pictures and care packages while he served overseas in Afghanistan.

Students Julia Guarrera and Mary Jerred read samples of the letters sent to Lockwood and presented him with a Volney Vikings sweatshirt.

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