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AFE is honored to accept donations to the Dr. Alexander Aiello Paley Memorial Scholarship. The world has lost a remarkable young man.The scholarship will recognize AHS seniors who embody the energy and spirit with which Alex lived his live.  Click here to donate and please note that your donation is tax-deductible. 


AFE and CDPHP Announce Second Round of Health and Wellness Grants

Drumming, Zumba and healthy snacks, punching bags and slack-lines - what do all these things have in common? They're all projects supported by the second round of the Health and Wellness grants supported by our partner, CDPHP.  Grants awarded include:

  • Drumming as Meditation at the Albany International Center. Grant funds will support drum circle lessons and the purchase of drums so that students can connect across language and culture while relieving stress.

  • Adventure Phys Ed at Albany High. PE teacher Josh Binfield will use slack-lining to get students outside and help build strength and balance in new and exciting ways.

  • Sensory Room Development at Tony Clement Center for Education. Students experiencing high stress levels will be able to work out anger and anxiety in a positive way to enable them to return to class ready to learn. 

  • Field trips to Bizzy Beez Sensory Gym for special education students from New Scotland Elementary. These students who rarely get to attend traditional field trips will get to stretch their skills in a fun, supportive environment.

  • Stress relief materials to complement Health curriculum for 6th grade students who are taking Health in Albany's K-6 Schools. 

  • Programs to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits at Arbor Hill Elementary School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy




Feed and Read needs your help


Recent funding cuts have forced us to reduce the number of students and schools served by Feed and Read - and we need your help to sustain this important program! It costs $300/year - or $25/month - to provide a student with a backpack for an entire school year. The backpacks include bread, cereal, fresh produce, and coupons for eggs or milk - along with an age-appropriate book each week to help students build literacy habits at home.

Learn more!

#WishYouWereHere Birthday Party 
a Fantastic Fundraiser
NYSUT organizer and AFE Board President (and 13th Ward Common Council Member) Ginnie Farrell celebrated their birthdays in style with a fundraiser at Albany's Madison Theatre. Tunes by Sean Madden and Friends and DJ Nate Da Great made for an amazing evening that had everyone dancing - especially Jim and Ginnie - who performed dances from each decade of their lives, complete with period-appropriate outfits. Check out the AFE Facebook Page for pictures (and while you're there - like our page!) 
AFE Gala a Smashing Success!

WOW! That's all we can say about our 2019 Gala. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise almost $55,000 to support the Albany Fund for Education's programs. That's a 26% increase from last year - and will mean great things to our students and schools in the year to come. A special thank you goes out to the sponsors, silent auction donors, and honorary committee members who went above and beyond to make this event a success! Please save the date for Friday, October 23, 2020 for this year's Gala. 

Instrument Donation Program


The Albany Fund for Education collects musical instruments to put in the hands of Albany’s students. All donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a child. Click the title to go to the program details.

Since its inception in 1998, the Albany Fund for Education (AFE) has brought forward new ideas, approaches and funding to support the children of the Albany City School District. AFE enhances opportunities for students
to learn, grow and succeed through building community partnerships, fundraising, and investing in innovative and effective programs that build equity and strengthen the educational infrastructure of Albany public schools.

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