President's Corner

December 2020

Dear Families of Duanesburg Central Schools:

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us! I hope this note finds all of you safe and healthy. While Thanksgiving may have been smaller and quieter than in other years, I hope it was joyful and memorable in new ways. As our community, state, and country continue to manage a rise in cases of COVID-19, members of the DCPTA have been busily working to bring creative, safe holiday activities to our neighborhood families.

We are proud to be offering a completely online “Shop Local” fundraiser through which we are highlighting several local businesses. Be sure to check out our online shop at to browse products from Duanesburg’s own Kosier Maple Syrup and Willow Run Suds & Scents, neighboring Schoharie Valley Farms and the Studio for Art & Craft, as well as other capital region small businesses, like Frank Gallo & Son Florist and Wicked Smart Apparel. Proceeds from our fundraiser will help to support scholarships, grants, community events, and families in need.

I am so excited for the DCPTA’s very first LIGHT UP DUANESBURG event! Our typical Winter Wonderland event was not feasible within the guidelines for the pandemic, so we have gotten creative again. With FORTY registered homes, this holiday light contest is sure to bring our community together, even as we stay in our cars! Beginning December 5th and running through December 20th, community members can tour our beautiful town, view festive holiday lights, and vote for their favorite decorations. Visit for an interactive map and details about voting. We look forward to spreading holiday joy as we Light Up Duanesburg!

Finally, our next DCPTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:30pm via Google Meets. Join us online to learn about our initiatives, participate in decisions, offer suggestions or ideas, and connect with other dedicated community members. I strive to keep our meetings efficient and our general membership meetings are typically under one hour. Don’t worry if you can’t stay the whole time! We are always grateful to have your presence and input! You can join us using this link: I hope to see you there!

With Eagles Pride and Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season,

Melissa Peterson