2008-11-14 / School News

East End Schools Get $150,000 As Early Holiday Gift

By Miriam Rosenberg

Ten schools on the east end of Rockaway are celebrating the holiday season early this year after it was announced this week that they would be dividing $280,000 from a citywide grant made possible by the city council and the Queens Borough President's office.

"It is our job to make sure that our children are equipped with the tools necessary to take them as far as their imagination can lead," said Councilman James Sanders Jr. in a press release announcing the funding.

The $280,000 is part of a citywide $117 million Resolution 'A' Grant according to Jean K. McKeon, the principal for P.S. 197.

"The borough president and City Council members have allocated capitol funds for projects for schools in their [council members] boroughs," McKeon read from a memo she received.

McKeon told The Wave that her school would spend, the approximately, $30,000 they are due to receive on technology related items.

"We have to access what our needs are, what we want to purchase and put in to see if it meets their criteria," explained McKeon, who said that last year the school purchased I-Mac computers for several of their classrooms.

The other schools on the east end of Rockaway that are included the grant are Brian Piccolo M.S. 53, P.S. 104, P. S. 105, P.S. 183, P.S. 197, P.S. 215, P.S. 253 and P.S. 256.

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