Cut Ribbon On Rockaway’s Newest Elementary School
By Miriam Rosenberg
The newest elementary school in Far Rockaway – PS 253 – officially opened its doors on October 27. Parents and community members joined the school’s students, Principal Robin Johnson, Dr. Kathleen Cashin (Superintendent of Region 5) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer to cut the ribbon on the new school.
In addition to students from Johnson’s former school (PS/MS 43) taking part in the opening ceremony, students from two K-118 classes at PS 253 came together to welcome the guests. As a prelude to the ribbon cutting, students Julian Clark and Nicole Rosa from Class 2-205 read a poem.
“Lean back and soar is exactly what will happen here at 253,” Johnson said in reference to a song her students sang.
“This is very important to me, understand that,” she said.
“What happens inside here, that’s going to make a difference in the world.”
Cashin spoke directly to the students. “Not only do you deserve this [school], but you’re going to be doctors, lawyers and more importantly teachers, principals and educators,” Cashin told the students.
Among others who attended were Delores Orr (Chair of Community Board 14) and Donovan Richards (representing Councilman James Sanders, Jr.).