By Miriam Rosenberg
Robert Renzullo (far left) and his class pose for The Wave’s camera with Principal Brian O’Connell (PS 114), Dr. Susan Erber (Superintendent of District 75), Principal Oswaldo Roman (PS 256), Assistant Principal Carol Brady (PS 256) and Captain Kenny Wheelan of the FDNY (Ladder 137).
PS 256, a special education school in District 75 in Belle Harbor held a pajama party for its students that featured some of the children’s favorite bedtime stories in read-a-louds and read-a-longs by community members.
“This is a community literacy event,” said Robert Renzullo, a teacher at the school who spearheaded the March 16 event. “The children are embracing it, and it is making learning fun.”
Principal Brian O’Connell, of PS 114, prepares the students of Robert Renzullo’s class for a read-a-loud by helping them break down the ideas and characters in a story using pictures. O’Connell looks on as one of the students, Michael, points to one of the characters in the story.
While the children brought their pajamas to school, staff members also got into the swing of things walking around in slippers and bathrobes and some, even in, pajamas.
Captain Kenny Wheelan (Ladder 137) and students from PS 256 get ready for a read-a-loud. Before getting started, Wheelan asked the children about what they would do in case of a fire.
PS 256, which is located at Temple Beth El on Beach 135 Street, is situated opposite P.S. 114. While they are two separate schools, they work together.
Principal Oswaldo Roman, of PS 256, said the schools “exemplify collaboration at its best…sharing the best practices between both organizations.”