The Canaseraga Central School Receives ACAF Grant

The Canaseraga Central School recently received a grant check for $450 from the Allegany Endowment Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This grant money will be used to help support their Laundry Life Skills Project, a program to help students with disabilities develop functional skills that will increase their autonomy and their ability to lead independent lives.

Kari Crosby, a Special Education Teacher at the Canaseraga Central School, explained that this grant money will help them purchase a stackable washer and dryer for the self-contained special education classroom. This will help facilitate the successful acquisition of functional self-care skills while increasing student independence. As a result of the Laundry Life Skills Project, students will: (1) increase autonomy through application of key functional skills (tracking washing/drying cycle times, measuring detergent, sorting clothing, following specific steps and completing an everyday task); (2) follow visual clues and sequencing taught in the curriculum in order to successfully launder clothing; (3) increase problem-solving and self-awareness skills that lead to use of a washer and dryer; and (4) increase self-confidence by learning a new skill.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provide a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact Denis Dahlgren at the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:

In the attached check presentation picture (L to R): Jessica Osmin, Denis Dahlgren (ACAF Executive Director), Zander Kenyon, Kari Crosby (teacher) and Alexis Dinger.