Record numbers for John Calvin Toll Day

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By Matt Olson

John Calvin Toll Day, held on Saturday, Oct. 19, drew in a record number of registrations this year, according to the Kenney Community Center.

The total registration was just over 500 students. Many organizations, groups of students and faculty volunteered time to help areas in the surrounding neighborhoods of Schenectady. There were many areas serviced, including Vale Cemetery on State Street, Yates Village on Van Vranken Avenue, the Schenectady Public Library on Liberty Street and many other places.

Charlotte Lehman ‘14 volunteered with Transition Schenectady, a local garden that helps grow food for the City Mission of Schenectady. Lehamn’s group did work digging, weeding, and preparing the garden for planting later on.

“It was hard work, but it felt really good to help out Schenectady and our efforts will help grow food for the City Mission of Schenectady,” Lehman said.

The day is named after John Calvin Toll, Class of 1799. Toll was a member of Union’s first graduated class.  This is the 19th annual day of service.

The day of service has been supported by Al Hill ‘46, a great-great grandson of Toll.

Theta Delta Chi fraternity held their second annual Football Fun Day. The event occurred on the Frank Bailey Field for students in grades first through fifth that live in Schenectady.

John Calvin Toll Day has seen an increase in the number of students registered for each day of service.

According to Janet Sweeney, 287 people signed up in 2010, 336 registered in 2011 and 512 registered this year. As for the reason, Sweeney said, “Hopefully it’s that people enjoy the day and tell their friends.”

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