A CHEER … to all those who took the time out of their Tuesday schedules to make it to the polls for area school district budget and board votes. Spending plans were approved in eight local districts — but no matter the votes you cast or who you voted for, engagement with the local school district and the allocation issues that affect students, educators and taxpayers is important and invaluable.

A CHEER ... to the 500-plus volunteers who helped Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester raise more than $462,000 at its annual Spring Household Sale. All of the proceeds will stay in Rochester to help local families who utilize the two Ronald McDonald Houses and the new Ronald McDonald Family Room located at Golisano Children’s Hospital. (Submitted by Mike Evans, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester’s director of household sale)

A CHEER … to six Bristol Mountain freestyle skiers who’ve taken the next step on their quest for Olympic gold. Named to the 2017-18 U.S. Ski Team — to be on the World Cup tour next season competing for a spot on the 2018 Olympic team — are Joe Lillis and his brother Chris, of Pittsford, Harrison Smith of Pittsford and Patrick O’Flynn of Penfield on the male aerials team; Morgan Schild of Pittsford on the female moguls team; and Dylan Walczyk of Rochester on the male moguls team. They all got their freestyle start at the South Bristol venue.

A CHEER ... to New York state for now accepting applications for companies that are interested in testing autonomous vehicles on our public roads. Advocates for the technology say it will make driving safer in the long run. Some unions are concerned the change will result in loss of jobs for drivers, but safety has to be the top priority. The testing period in New York will last less than one year before it is evaluated for approval.

A CHEER ... to Clearwater Organic Farm, which will be the largest commercial hydroponic facility in the nation. The farm will be built at the old Eastman Business Park in Rochester and is expected to create 137 new jobs — half of which is reserved to be filled by veterans or the unemployed. The goal is to grow a world-class baby leaf production facility using “state of the art” process technology and science that would be environmentally and socially responsible.

A CHEER … and a big yee-haw to Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Center, which is up for an Academy of Country Music best venue Industry Award. CMAC is up against the likes of venues in Nashville, Indiana and Massachusetts, including Fenway Park in Boston. The awards will be announced in August. Here’s hoping for a win, pardner.

A CHEER … to those rallying behind Ontario County Corrections Officer Joshua P. Shaver, who was seriously injured in a car crash shortly after leaving work on May 12. An online fundraising account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/4rqktt-help-the-shaver-family. As of Thursday, more than $26,000 had been raised toward a $30,000 goal. In addition to donations, the Shavers also need prayers and well wishes as the deputy continues to fight for his life.

A CHEER … to Marcus Whitman boys tennis coach Bryan Law, who recently attained his 100th career victory. As many high school tennis teams have discovered over the years, if you fought the Law, the Law won.

A CHEER … to the welcoming reception of community and Canandaigua police officers given to visiting bicyclists from the Toronto Police Service. They made a quick stopover in the city while on their way to New York City as part of their mission to raise money for children’s hospitals. As one of the riders remarked: “It’s a beautiful community here. Everybody has been very friendly." ... And a CHEER … to our friends from the north, for doing this to help sick kids. Here’s hoping for a return visit.