Irish Government Donates $25K To PS 104
Phil Hogan, Ireland’s Minister of the Environment, Consul General Noel Kilkenny and Deputy Consul General Peter Ryan visited PS 104 The Bayswater School on Wednesday, October 16th to present a $25,000 check to Principal Katie Grady on behalf of the Irish Government.
The funds are targeted for classroom air conditioning units and come as a result of Ireland’s continued Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.
In Deember 2012, The Irish Arts Center called PS 104Q their “home away from home” for creating and donating holiday boxes for children.
The relief efforts continued throughout the 2012- 2013 school year with the Irish Consulate visiting regularly.
As Minister Hogan stated, “We are most pleased to provide support where we can. You all suffered a tremendous loss.” In honor of Minister Hogan’s visit, the PS 104 students wore green, decorated the entire school with “thank you shamrocks” and sang for the visiting dignitaries.
Principal Grady stated, “I’ve been blessed personally and professionally by the Irish community. During the Irish Days of Action, I was grateful to have help at my home from members of the Building Managers Emerald Guild.
The Irish Consulate and government then took my school, which services 90% minority students, under its wing as well. It’s not just a great day for the Irish, but for all!”