Community Partner of the Year Announced

June 16, 2010 (Utica, NY) – The Utica City School District recently received the Community Partner of the Year Award from Upstate Cerebral Palsy. Representatives were honored with this distinction at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Annual Meeting on May 23 at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre. The Utica City School District has played a monumental role in the growth of Upstate Cerebral Palsy.

The Community Partner Award recognizes the value of collaboration and partnership with businesses and organizations that share the agency’s commitment to improving the quality of life for people with differing abilities. Once Upstate Cerebral Palsy received its articles of incorporation on May 23, 1950 and was approved to begin providing services, it needed classroom space. The Utica School District responded to that call and provided the agency with space in the basement of Kernan Elementary School. Utica Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association then opened its doors to seven students.

The Utica School District was more than generous in its support of Upstate Cerebral Palsy throughout its 60 year history, not only providing space but offering the services of other support staff at the school from the maintenance workers to the school nurse. Today, the Utica City School District continues to partner with families and the agency to ensure that students are receiving the services they require in order to achieve success in life.

Upstate Cerebral Palsy celebrated its Annual Meeting on May 23, exactly 60 years from its date of incorporation. Staff, individuals, and past and present members of the board of directions gathered together to celebrate the agency’s accomplishments throughout those years. Congratulates to the Utica City School District, on behalf of the Upstate Cerebral Palsy family.

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