2004-11-12 / Community

Cut Ribbon On Rockaway’s Newest Elementary School

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Nicole Ross and Julian Clark from Class 2-205 perform a poem prior to the ribbon cutting.
Nicole Ross and Julian Clark from Class 2-205 perform a poem prior to the ribbon cutting. 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.

Students from Jennifer Monteleone’s and Jennifer Powell’s K-118 classes welcome guests to the ceremony. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.
Students from Jennifer Monteleone’s and Jennifer Powell’s K-118 classes welcome guests to the ceremony. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Johnson was born and raised in Far Rockaway and graduated from Far Rockaway High School. She also sang in the synagogue that once stood where PS 253 now stands.

“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.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin (Region 5 Superintendent) interacts with the children during her speech.
Dr. Kathleen Cashin (Region 5 Superintendent) interacts with the children during her speech. Pheffer said the new school represents an opportunity.

“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.).

Students help to cut the ribbon on P.S. 253. Joining the students, left to right, are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Donovan Richards (District Manager for Councilman James Sanders, Jr.), Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Principal Robin Johnson and Delores Orr (Community Board 14). 
Students help to cut the ribbon on P.S. 253. Joining the students, left to right, are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Donovan Richards (District Manager for Councilman James Sanders, Jr.), Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Principal Robin Johnson and Delores Orr (Community Board 14).

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