2005-03-18 / Community

Channel View School Gets KeySpan Grant

The Channel View School For Research, housed at Beach Channel High School, will soon get a grant from KeySpan Energy that will allow it to continue its partnership with the Outward Bound program.

On Wednesday, Robert Keller, Executive Director of the KeySpan Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to New York City Outward Bound at a brief ceremony at the Outward Bound Alpine Tower at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The money will be used to support the organization’s Choices program at two of its Expeditionary Learning middle schools: Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and Channel View School for Research in Far Rockaway, Queens. Accepting the check for NYC Outward Bound is its Director of External Relations, Paola Vita. Brooklyn Collaborative students will be on hand to scale Outward Bound’s 55-foot climbing tower and to thank KeySpan Foundation.

“Middle school is a time of growth, change, and frequently, conflict for many young people. NYC Outward Bound’s Choices program for seventh graders helps develop qualities of character, such as responsibility, self-confidence, and leadership that are critical to success in school, work and life,” said Richard Stopol, Executive Director for NYC Outward Bound. “The Keyspan Foundation grant will enable the seventh graders from both schools to take part in the program.”

“We believe in giving back to the communities we serve and we are honored to support programs that make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our City’s youth and in their schools,” said Keller. The KeySpan Foundation was created to provide charitable grants across the

KeySpan service territory.

Choices was launched in 2003 by NYC Outward Bound, and since then, has been adopted by ten schools throughout the City. In addition to in-school sessions, Choices offers its students a five-day Outward Bound course, which presents them with challenges that require them to work together and use their diversity, experience and culture as a strength. More than 450 students have graduated from the Choices program in the last two years.

Founded in 1987, New York City Outward Bound is an independent non-profit organization that brings the educational philosophy and expertise of Outward Bound to New York City’s public schools. In addition to its fully- sponsored schools Expeditionary Learning schools, NYC Outward Bound conducts in-school and after-school programs for students in literacy, leadership and character development; teacher training in classroom management, literacy instruction, curriculum planning and diversity; and organizational development programs for faculty, administration, parents and staff. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education and with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NYC Outward Bound is launching eight new high schools over the next five years as part of the City’s “Small High School Initiative.”

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