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Falcon gets fabulous new plumage

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2017) -- When the Albany High School mascot costume disappeared over a year ago, students in Lisa Osterman’s school-to-work class channeled their Falcon pride and did something about it.

 

They raised money for, chose and purchased a new Falcon costume that arrived during the recently ended holiday break. The new bird in town has yet to make its debut at a game or school event, but it is a formidable creature sporting bright blue-and-white plumage.

 

To buy the costume, the class made and sold dog biscuits over the course of a year, hand-rolling the dough and baking the treats in the kitchen at Abrookin Career and Technical Center. The all-natural biscuits were a hit with people and pooches alike, and the class raised more than $1,000.

 

School-to-work programs prepare students for supported employment by providing them with job-skills training. With that in mind, Osterman’s class project wasn’t just about buying a new mascot costume; students learned about budgeting, money management and fund-raising (and the art of making a marvelous dog treat).

 

Students also got lessons in democracy from the start.

 

“We wanted to do a service learning project last year, and when we found out the Falcon mascot was MIA we decided as a group it would be a good global project that would benefit the school,” Osterman said.

 

The eight students in the class (pictured at right) previewed several Falcon costumes before settling on their choice, which also came down to a vote.

 

They hope the new Falcon mascot will make frequent appearances at Albany High events and alongside the superintendent when she makes appearances in the community.

   

And the old Falcon mascot? Apparently it was part of migratory flock, since it turned up recently in a closet at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

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The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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