Students had various ideas for the use of the money – computers, books, more teachers, and more recess. For the ninth year in a row Councilman James Sanders Jr. presented the elementary schools in his district with funding to keep them on the cutting edge of science and technology.
Among those joining Sanders for the announcement, made at P.S. 42 on Monday, were: Principals Renee Zachary, PS 183; Patricia Finn, PS 42; Laurie Shapiro, PS/MS 105; Latoya Revell, Challenge Prep Charter School; Assistant Principal Sandra Frost, PS 42; union representative Dermot Smyth; and parent leaders and students from PS 42.
The money will be divided among 14 schools including Village Academy, PS 42, PS 53, PS 105, PS 104, PS 106, PS 215, Goldie Maple Academy and Challenge Prep Academy in Rockaway. Each school will receive at least $50,000.
Assistant Principal Sandra Frost, PS 42; and Principals Renee Zachary, PS 183; Patricia Finn, PS 42; Laurie Shapiro, PS MS 105 and Latoya Revell, Challenge Prep Charter School are all smiles during the presentation.
Principals from some of the schools who are receiving the funding tell Sanders what they plan to use this year’s monies for. In the past the annual funding has been used for technology such as smart boards.
Sanders Claus, aka Councilman James Sanders Jr., presents a $2 million check to Principal Patricia Finn and students from PS 42. The money will be divided among 14 schools in the councilman’s district. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.