2004-01-23 / Community

PS 114 Gets Grant, Seeks Parents

PS 114 Gets Grant, Seeks Parents

PS 114 principal Brian O’Connell speaks to a PA meeting earlier in the school year.PS 114 principal Brian O’Connell speaks to a PA meeting earlier in the school year.

The Center for Arts Education has announced its list of grant recipients for the Parents as Arts Partners Program for 2004, and PS 114Q of Belle Harbor is among the recipients, together with its partnering arts organizations, the Rockaway Thea tre Company and Young Audi ences (New York). The grants, design ed to encourage parent participation in their children’s arts education, are to be awarded to approximately 150 schools throughout the city this year.

The program to be funded at PS 114Q, entitled "Songs of our An cestors", will see second and third-grade students teaming with their parents to write songs about their heritage, based on research conducted at the Ellis Island Mus eum of Immigration. Before they write their songs, participants will also attend lyric and music-writing workshops conducted by a teaching artist affiliated with Young Audi ences of New York. Rockaway Thea tre Com pany will assist in staging a recital of the songs at the conclusion of the program. The program is targeted at increasing involvement by parents who have been unable to participate at PS 114Q in the past, due to language or cultural barriers, or work schedule conflicts.

Application forms will be provided to all second and third-grade students in their classroom folders. Parents who have questions about the program but are unable to attend the information session may contact Vivian Carter at 718-634-8427.

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