Watervliet City School District to Utilize Passport for Good Platform as a Resource to Prepare Students for College and the Workforce

FOR RELEASE: January 15th, 2019

CONTACT:Sarah Boggess: (518) 479-7084, sboggess@sprucepublicaffairs.com
 Judy Frost, public information specialist, Watervliet City School District: 518-629-3236

The Watervliet City School District will begin to provide Passport for Good as a resource for students to create customized portfolios of their engagement in school clubs and events and the service they provide to their community as volunteers. Watervliet students will be able to collect and showcase all of the positive good they bring to their school, community and themselves. Students also will use Passport for Good to demonstrate their skills and strengths as they prepare for college and/or a career.

 

The Watervliet district enrolls approximately 1,300 students in grades Prekindergarten-12.

 

“Our district is committed to the success of all students, and it is important for the district to provide many avenues and opportunities to learn, achieve and celebrate academic, personal and employment success,” said Dr. Lori Caplan, superintendent of the Watervliet City School District.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Donald Stevens said one of the district’s primary goals is for all students to leave WCSD prepared for college, career and citizenship. “Passport for Good will assist us in meeting that goal and help us to groom strong citizens, well-positioned to succeed as productive young adults,” he said.

Gayle Farman, founder and president of Passport for Good, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the students, staff, faculty and parents of the Watervliet City School District to encourage and capture all of the good that they do in their community. Dr. Caplan understands the value that Passport for Good can bring to the students and is clearly committed to providing the resources and support needed to prepare each student for college and the workforce as well as citizenship. Our technology solution will provide the district with the ability to measure both quantitative and qualitative the impact that each student and the district have on the community, and to assist in focusing resources to prepare students for college, career and positive citizenship.   

About Passport for Good

Passport for Good offers a first-in-class, subscription-based Software as a Service (SaaS) to address the growing interest of schools, corporations and the criminal justice system to capture qualitative and quantitative information regarding the experiences of individuals and groups performing community service activities. The robust software and mobile application assists non-profit organizations by allowing them to communicate their needs and motivates individuals to do their part in making their communities stronger. It also centralizes data, automates the community service experience, and aggregates data across individuals and events to allow organizations to demonstrate community impact and to enhance linkages between service learning, skill development, and academic and career exploration. Prototyped by students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it is now powered by a full team of senior software engineers. The company was formed in 2016 by Gayle Farman of Slingerlands, NY. For more information, visit www.passportforgood.com.

About the Watervliet School District

The Watervliet City School District serves approximately 1,300 children in a small urban community along the Hudson River, approximately five miles north of Albany, the state’s capital. Watervliet City schools consist of two buildings – an elementary school that serves approximately 650 children in prekindergarten through grade 6, and a junior-senior high school that enrolls approximately 590 students in grades 7-12.