To the editor:
AdkAction.org would like to thank Chris Knight and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for the informative coverage of a presentation Oct. 10 at Saranac Lake High School about how Colton-Pierrepont Central School inexpensively equipped all its students with netbooks (grades 7 to 12 can take them home) and took the school's instructional program onto the cloud. Saranac Lake and all the Adirondacks is fortunate, in these times of decline for the news industry, to have a daily newspaper which still devotes staff time and space in the paper to such important, in-depth coverage of an event attracting education leaders from Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. We also wish to thank co-sponsors Saranac Lake High School Parent-Faculty Organization, Adirondack Community Trust and SLIC Network Solutions.
AdkAction.org, the lead group that worked to bring the program to the Tri-Lakes, would like to make one important correction to your fine story. We are described in the final paragraph as "the local political action group AdkAction.org." AdkAction.org is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. We are in no way a political action group. We stick to non-partisan, non-political and non-controversial educational and community service projects where we can make a significant difference.
A great example of our work is our role in initiating a BOCES in-service training day for teachers in Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties, coming up Oct. 25 at The Wild Center and co-hosted by ACT, The Wild Center and Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES. Through the power of new, high-speed broadband lines and expertise at The Wild Center, teachers, parents and students will be able to view the event through Internet streaming. AdkAction.org contributed $6,500 to bring in noted education consultant and speaker Alan November, who will give the keynote speech and conduct two workshops.
Here are a few examples of other priority projects by AdkAction.org:
Raised $20,000 to sponsor the movie "Flight of the Butterflies" at The Wild Center for a year, where it is attracting record attendance. The movie was just part of our campaign to educate Adirondackers on threats to the monarch butterfly, including distribution of 20,000 informational fliers with milkweed seed.
Purchased three sets of upstream and downstream monitors which Paul Smith's Adirondack Watershed Institute is using to measure results after we convinced the New York State Department of Transportation to experiment with reduced salting techniques on three road sections in the Adirondacks.
Founded a monthly broadband call among state, federal and local groups which has identified several grant opportunities to promote broadband access and use.
Paid to bring a consultant from the respected Center for Governmental Research to address a joint session of the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid school boards on shared services. As a result the two districts voted to study possible consolidation.
When the ADE writes about our projects in the future, you might refer to us as "an Adirondack nonprofit which supports a wide range of educational and community service projects."
Keep up the great coverage.
Airlie Lennon, chair
Upper Saranac Lake