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County Executive Honors Local Citizen For Her Dedication to our Kids

6/16/2017 2:06:26 PM

More than half of parents across the country do not believe they have enough help to raise their kids because their own parents have died. Mary Turner of Albany helps to fill this void on a daily basis and that is why Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy is honoring Mary as June’s Citizen of The Month.

Mary has volunteered for the past two years with the Foster Grandparents Program of the Capital District spending about twenty-five hours a week working with children at the Albany School of Humanities in partnership with the Club Fed Program.

“Mary’s dedication is commendable,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Grandparents impart strong values onto children as they grow up and Mary works tirelessly to be the guiding figure that some children may not have in their lives.”

“Mary is someone that provides a warm and loving environment to all,” said Victory Riedy, founder of Victory Child Care and Club Fed Child Care Center. “She is generous with her positive reinforcement to all children in our UPK (Universal Pre-Kindergarten) classroom at Albany School of Humanities. Her kindness is infectious and we consider her extraordinary.”

"'Ms. Mary is a fixture at our school," said Albany School of Humanities Principal Fred Engelhardt Jr. "She began by assisting with welcoming our bus students in the morning and started volunteering with our pre-K program. Often she needs to remind students about the school expectations and help parents navigate around the building; each time she does so with a smile on her face and love in her heart. Students and staff members have a deep respect for Ms. Mary because they know that she willingly sacrifices her own time to help our school community. She is a 'super-volunteer!’”

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