School Welcomed Parents With Open Arms
The administration and staff of PS 256 and PS 253, community leaders and service providers welcomed, with open arms, families of students with special needs to the Open House for PS 256 on January 25. Principals Oswaldo Roman of PS 256 and Robin Johnson of PS 253 greeted parents of the Central Avenue school and other PS 256 sites in Far Rockaway and Belle Harbor.
Families were presented with information on the wide range of services offered at PS 256, including top of the line classroom instruction, speech, occupational and physical therapy services, positive behavior support, school counseling and guidance services.
Phil Sylvester, a District 75 representative with the United Federation of Teachers, offered insight on issues that affect parents of school-age children, state and local funding, and administrative oversight.
Parents also received information about summer camps, after school programs, respite services and financial assistance from the following agencies: the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC), Federal Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), New Horizon Counseling Center, St. John's Hospital, IYAHO Social Services, the Tourette Syndrome Association's NYC Counseling Program (NYCCP) and Queens Parent Resource Center, Inc.