CVSR Students Choose Candidates For New Name
When sixth-grade students of Channel View School for Research (class 614) learned in November that P.S. /M.S. 43 was planning to rename their school in honor of a distinguished individual, they began researching some potential nominees for that honor. They decided on six people of distinction and worked in groups to prepare persuasive letters nominating them and outlining why they are good candidates. Their teacher, Vivian Carter, invited P.S./M.S. 43 to visit Channel View to hear the letters read by students.
In the first week of December, P.S./ M.S. 43 Parent Coordinator Tamika Rivera, and PTA President Lauren Mighty, took Channel View up on their invitation. Channel View Principal Patricia Tubridy and parents joined the audience. Groups of three to four student speakers teamed up to eloquently summarize why their candidates were worthy of this honor. One group wrote: “Most schools are usually named after important people who have died, but we think that should change.” The individuals nominated included: the late singer Ray Charles, former president Bill Clinton, Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft), former Bronx resident and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, the late Olympic track and field champion, Wilma Rudolph, and the former slave turned self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker. P.S./ M.S. 43 expects to make a decision on naming their school soon. Who would you select?