Ballston Spa National Bank Supports Innovation

Courtney Lamport, Christopher R. Dowd, Kathleen Jarvis and Dr. Joseph Dragone

Students receive support for FIRST Robotics Team

The Ballston Spa Central School District has received generous support from Ballston Spa National Bank, BSNB, to fund the Ballston Spa High School Robotics team’s participation in the 2010-2011 US F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition. The $6,000 in funding, combined with additional corporate sponsorships and team fundraising, will allow the district’s team to design and construct a robot according to this year’s specifications, participate in regional competitions, and continue to expand the robotics initiative in the district. 

“At BSNB, we strive to support programs and organizations that provide a meaningful benefit to the communities in this region.  By continuing our partnership with the Ballston Spa Central School District we are confident that together we can make a positive difference and help develop the workforce of tomorrow,” said Christopher R. Dowd, BSNB President and CEO. 

The district continues to focus on partnerships with business and non-profit organizations throughout the region as part of the Partnership for Innovation in Education program. The increased support for the robotics initiative in the district has provided additional resources to fund teams in the elementary and middle schools as they develop their robotics programs and participate in regional competition.

“BSNB continues to be a great partner and is to be commended for their commitment to providing educational enrichment and opportunities for our students in the Ballston Spa Central School District,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools. He further indicated that “Participation in robotics competitions gives our students the problem solving skills and the ability to innovate that will transfer to the workplace of the future.” Dr. Dragone said these efforts have been invaluable to the district as it addresses the emerging technologies and prepares students for 21st century learning and the future workforce.

For additional information on the BSCSD Partnership for Innovation in Education program, please visit the district website at or contact Courtney Lamport, Coordinator of Development, at 884-7195 ext. 1369.

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