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Honoring Student Community Activism

March 4, 2023 

Kalena Guadalupe is a 2nd grader at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School #10. In December, she had a very thoughtful idea of collecting blankets for our unhoused population.

“The Homeless would be cold and have nothing to wear, so I thought of the idea of blankets”, said Kalena to her mother. Her mother, Elouise Headlam, brought the idea to the school principal. After it was approved, they gathered over 50 blankets to donate to the Open Door Mission in January. 

After hearing this heartwarming story, President Miguel Meléndez and Councilmember LaShay Harris went to her school to present her with a special Certificate of Recognition for her great work in uplifting our community. 


Thank you to the school, Elouise, and especially Kalena for all of your hard work in getting this done. 


P.s. Kalena has more great ideas in store so look out!


City Councilmember LaShay Harris Joins RCTV Carvin Eision, RIT, and other community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

IGT Donates Advanced Technology to Rochester Community TV for E-Sports Gaming Programming


The state-of-the-art technology will support Rochester Community TV's e-sports gaming programming and promote STEM learning.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – (July 12, 2022) International Game Technology (IGT), a global leader in the lottery and gaming industry, will be joined by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) staff, local elected officials, and the participants and leaders of Rochester Community TV to host a celebration of IGT's donation of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The advanced technology will support the organization's e-sports gaming program.

"I was so impressed with Carvin's passion for wanting to bring Esports to RCTV. Investments like this will help give our youth access to STEM opportunities and bring equity to the Esport industry, said Councilmember Harris. "According to the National Science Foundation, for students to succeed in this information-based technological society, they need to develop their STEM capabilities beyond what was considered acceptable in the past."


IGT donated the cutting-edge equipment as part of its global After School Advantage (ASA) Program. The technology will help Rochester Community TV's youth program participants develop advanced computer science skills and advance STEM education and achievement.


Harris adds, "This technology donation is an investment in Rochester's community supporting computer science and STEM programming. This technology will allow Rochester's youth access to the booming Esports industry. I look forward to supporting the programming that will follow this donation." This STEM programming is an anti-violence initiative that will help keep participating youth on a path to success.

I hope this will inspire more support for this program and additional computer science and STEM programming."


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City Council Member Harris Joins Mayor Evans in the  

Unveiling Renovations at Douglass R-Center


Rochester, NY- (Thursday, July 7, 2022) – Today, City Council Member LaShay  D. Harris  joined by the Mayor and community members to unveil the newly renovated Frederick Douglass R-Center at a ribbon-cutting Ceremony located on the Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School 12 campus at 999 South Ave.


“R-Centers are a place where youth can be in a space to participate in healthy activities with the support of professionals,” said Councilmember Harris. “Investing in R-centers by virtue of their purpose is an anti-violence initiative.”

Renovations include a remodeled game room, music system, gym updates, and a newly configured entrance and signage. Renovations were funded by the Rochester Schools Modernization Program, a multi-phase capital initiative of the Rochester City School District in partnership with the City of Rochester.

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