LaSalle School August E-Newsletter

On June 23 LaSalle School was proud to graduate 3 hard-working young men. Graduates invited family and friends to attend the ceremony held in LaSalle's Hanner Center, followed by a celebratory reception. Lawn signs lined the LaSalle campus of graduates' senior pictures and brought cheers coming those that passed by. This year's graduating class helped with the planning of the ceremony giving the event a very special and personal touch. Each graduate choose their favorite song to be played as their personal soundtrack as they received their diploma.

Graduates were gifted a class ring and the book “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” by Dr. Seuss signed by LaSalle staff members wishing them their best on their journeys moving forward.

LaSalle School Class of 2022

Bryan - Proudly walked in the ceremony and will soon complete his diploma requirements this fall. Bryan is known to be the first to lend a hand around the school when needed by staff, he is a peacemaker with his peers throughout the school year and straight A student in Geometry.


TJ - Earned his Regents diploma and plans to attend HVCC and eventually wants to work with animals as a veterinarian. TJ worked hard upon returning to LaSalle his senior year to push through with all classes needed to graduate. All of TJ's teachers commented on how ambitious a young man he is and how successful he will be. 


Logan - Our Class of 2022 valedictorian! Logan earned his Regents diploma and plans to work in the community after graduation. Logan is extremely athletic and enjoys playing football on the LaSalle field. Logan is very focused and not only hard-working in school, but in the community at his volunteer sites. 

Hat off to LaSalle School's Class of 2022! 


Shining Star Award

Bartley “BJ” Costello III one of LaSalle Schools longest serving trustees, since 1987 and former Chair. BJ serves as a mentor, possessing an extraordinary amount of institutional knowledge of LaSalle School and the LaSallian Brothers. He is a specialist in governance issues and not-for-profit corporations, and serves as LaSalle’s liaison with local, state and federal politicians and public servants.

BJ is a community advocate and activist dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live and work in the City of Albany through involvement in the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association and Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations.

The Shining Star award is bestowed upon an outstanding member of the community for their continuous commitment to the work of LaSalle School, which provides therapeutic, educational, and supportive services designed to accomplish positive, personal growth and lasting change in the lives of disadvantaged youth and families. 

Mary G. Breslin Volunteer

Service Award

Gerald “Jerry” Finin is a dedicated LaSalle volunteer and created the LaSalle School bike club. Jerry has taken students on 20-mile bike rides around the community, and has worked closely teaching our students how to repair and restore bicycles. You will often find BJ and Jerry together on the weekend taking bike trips with our students.

The Mary G. Breslin Volunteer Service Award is bestowed upon individuals who teach by example with understanding, style, and grace, of the needy and disadvantaged.

To join this year's Honorary Committee or to be a Corporate Sponsor visit 2022 Evening Soiree.


2022 Educator of the Year

Founders Week

May 16 - 20

Congratulations to Bob Wilkins for receiving the Educator of the Year Award during LaSalle's Founders Week. Bob is head of our maintenance department and has worked tirelessly at LaSalle for over 34 years!

A much deserved award for a true LaSallian. Thank you Bob for your dedication and commitment to our campus, staff and students. 

ACEs Symposium  

Wednesday, June 1


The ACEs virtual Symposium was a tremendous success that brought over 1,300 registered participants together from 7 countries.


Special thank you to this year's presenters, Vanessa Bobb, MD, PhD, Mary L. Pulido, PhD and Charles Hunt for their insight and compelling presentations on what ACEs can tell us about how to promote RESILIENCE and HEALING in the essential workforce.  

Letters of Affiliations

Robert M. Conway, Jr.

Friday, June 10 

Robert Conway, former student, Board of Trustee Chair and Foundation President, was bestowed by the Brothers of the Christian School Letters of Affiliation. Affiliation is the highest honor to a person who have been associated to an unusual degree with community life, the fraternal character, and educational apostolate of the Brothers who become members of the institute. In this way, the Brothers express their desire to share with their affiliated members the spiritual merit of their prayer and their apostolic work. 

Because Robert is someone whose spirit so closely resembles the authentic FSC spirit, and has exhibited a close and familial relationship with the Brothers, he was bestowed upon him the title "Affiliated", which Robert is officially proclaimed a Brother of the Christian School. 



On Friday, June 3 the Capital Region Chamber, Leadership Tech Valley (LTV) Class of 2022 held a ribbon cutting ceremony to reveal the Community Garden and Recreation Project completed by the LTV class as part of its nine-month program.

Each year, LTV selects a community project with the intent of leaving a lasting mark on the community. LaSalle School submitted a proposal and was selected by the LTV class to partner to renovate and expand a multifunctional outdoor space, including raised garden beds, a new shed for storage, picnic tables and planned pavilion structure. 

LTV, in partnership with LaSalle, has helped bring classroom learning to life to set students on a positive trajectory and create a space with sustainability in mind to serve for years to come. 

Executive Director, Dave Wallace stated "LaSalle is so appreciative of the LTV Class of 2022. COVID has forced us all to reinvent how we teach, work and gather together these last two years. This new pavilion and garden will help us sustain many of the outdoor and innovative approaches we have adopted to engage our students in hands-on learning an promote healthy living skills. We're so excited!"

Mark Eagan

CEO, Capital Region Chamber and the Center for

Economic Growth

Pavilion Groundbreaking

(L-R) Science Teacher Sue Peter, Executive Director, Dave Wallace, LTV class member, Anna Franklin, SMSgt, ANG, Chair, Board of Trustee, Joan Healey, Chamber CEO, Mark Egan and Albany Chief City Auditor, Dr. Dorcey Applyrs

Community Garden Ribbon

(L-R) Science Teacher, Sue Peter, Executive Director, Dave Wallace and

Chamber CEO, Mark Egan 


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