Clement nurtures whole child with community help
N.Y. (April 5, 2019) -- Similar to their colleagues throughout the City
School District of Albany, staff and community partners at the Tony Clement Center for
Education strive to not only support students academically, but also
socially and emotionally.
That means, often, going above and beyond and working to ensure all students have food at home, clothes and even
toiletries. And in response to that need, the idea for Tony's Closet was
Tony’s Closet is a small and discrete room where students can pick out
clothes, outerwear, undergarments, shoes, toiletries and feminine
products, all for free. Its creators - Tony Clement's widow Jennifer
Clement, members of the Clement family and Clement family friends -
understand the direct correlation between going without
necessities and the impact that has on a student’s ability to learn and
make good choices.
“Being a teen is difficult enough,” said Clement Community School
Site Coordinator Tyesha Young. “Combine that with the trauma and poverty
that some students experience and there is no way we can expect them to
focus on school and responsible behavior.
“We want to be the support our students require to succeed.”
Tony’s Closet is stocked, primarily, thanks to generous community
members but replacements are always needed. If
you’d like to contribute – financially or with new item donations –
please contact Young at (518) 475-6565 or
Tony’s Pantry is the building’s new food bank. While the district
provides free breakfast and lunch daily for all students, the goal of
Tony’s Pantry is to ensure that students and their families don’t have
to worry about meals in the evening or during weekends and breaks.
“Every day, we greet our students with the intention of empowering them
to feel valued, capable, resilient, believed in and not alone,” said
Alexandra Boswell, an English language arts teacher at Clement.
“But if they are hungry, we are ultimately
disregarding their most basic needs.”
Clement has established a GoFundMe account
to support Tony’s Pantry. To contribute, please follow this
“The commitment of the Clement faculty and
staff is incredibly impressive and I am proud to be a part of a family
who nurtures the whole child,” added William Rivers, Tony Clement Center
for Education Principal.
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
students in 18
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