Falcon gets fabulous new plumage
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).
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,”
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.
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