Peninsula Preparatory Academy Opens In Far Rockaway
By Miriam Rosenberg
The Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School, housed in Middle School 53 in Far Rockaway, had its official opening on October 14. Among those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony were New York City School’s Chancellor Joel Klein, Dr. Kathleen Cashin (Region Five Superintendent) and State Senator Malcolm Smith.
“There is a passion about these kids here and creating a life for them that is different than the life that we have failed to create for too many other children in a community like this,” said Klein, who expects great things from the academy.
Smith, who helped spearhead the new school, spoke with The Wave.
“This is the dawning of an entire new era in educating the children in the Rockaways, and especially those who tend to get caught up in special education – don’t get their focus,” said Smith. “It’s a dawning that says we are going to take back control of education over our children.”
The academy’s principal, Gwen McEvilley, talked about the school.
“We’re doing enrichment programs, we’re introducing a banking piece for our children, as well as having photography and all the rest of the academics,” McEvilley said.