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Students brace themselves to run for the playground equipment as soon as the ribbon is cut. Photo: Rebecca Isenhart

Ribbon cut on new Birchwood playground

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter On Friday, Sept. 18, families from the Birchwood school community gathered to celebrate the school’s brand-new, colorful playground, which had just been completed with special flooring earlier in the week. The playground is more than…


Volunteers work on a new playground behind Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Army of volunteers builds new school playground

UPDATE: The Birchwood playground will be ready for play in September. Organizers are still waiting for the special shock-absorbing floor to be installed for children’s safety. BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Anyone at Birchwood Elementary School, from kindergartners…





On the cover: Students perform a choreographed dance for the parent visitors during the state fair. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

State Your Game: Birchwood students know all 50

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Birchwood Elementary School’s fifth-graders have a question for you: Which state needs to be sharpened? Pennsylvania, of course! OK, if you didn’t get that one, here’s another chance: Which state has 2,000 pounds…


Parts of the Birchwood playground that have wooden supports will be demolished soon to make room for a safer playset. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Deteriorated Birchwood playground closed down

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Unseasonably warm weather in the 40s and 50s would normally allow kids at Birchwood Elementary a short window to enjoy their playground before spring. This year, however, that won’t be possible: the playground…



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At Birchwood, kids helping kids

Here’s a neat little story we received from Birchwood Elementary: The Birchwood Elementary School community recently completed a two-week drive to collect clothing, toiletries, and pantry items for children and families in Schoharie County. Families there are still struggling to…