2010-12-17 / School News

Sanders Presents ‘Big Check’ To Area Schools

By Miriam Rosenberg

Some will use it for technology, others for their library or playground. Principals who were on hand to receive the pre-Christmas gift of $1.8 million made one thing clear – the money allocated by Councilman James Sanders Jr. will go to better their schools.

That was the message when the councilman presented the check, which is to be divided among 13 Rockaway schools, during a student holiday show at P.S. 43 earlier this week. The funds will help to prepare students for the 21st century.

“The international language is math and science,” Sanders told the students. “Get serious. Ten years ago there were no i-Pads or i-Pods. What’s the next big thing? Right now somebody your age is designing the next big thing, and they’ll be a billionaire by age 30. Somebody’s got to do it. Why not you?”

The formal presentation of the allocation was accepted by the principals, parents and students of several schools who were in attendance.

Gary Fairweather, the principal ofP.S. 43, told Sanders he intended to use the funds for smart boards for the 5th, 7th and 8th grades; the science lab and the playground. Laurie Shapiro, the principal of P.S. 105, will use their share of the allocation to continue their updates in technology. Tonya West, the assistant principal of P.S. 106, said there were no definite plans for the money yet, but last year the school used the end of the year funding for their computer lab. “We may use it for the library,” she said.

“I am proud to be bringing this money to our community, to provide much needed funding so that our schools can continue the good work they do in educating, protecting and growing our youth,” said Sanders.

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