The Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability hosted its first community resource fair last Saturday to introduce recent graduates and their families to a host of employment opportunities and educational workshops.
“It’s all about partnering to bring resources to those who need them,” said Brian Davis, who works for the Beach 41st Street Cornerstone Community Center, which helped sponsor the event. “A lot of things don’t happen on this side of the peninsula and we wanted to show some love to the team that graduated as well as to their family members. We know that many people are still dealing with Covid-related issues and could use a little extra help,” Davis added.
Representatives were on hand from the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, JFK Airport and the Queens Public Library to talk to graduates about available employment and job training. Meanwhile, workshops on resume writing, interview skills and tips for using the internet were conducted in the high school’s classrooms for both graduates and their parents.
“Our school has so much to offer,” said Johnny Recio, assistant principal at the Rockaway Park high school, “and we want to share that with the community.”
Recio said he plans to continue the weekend workshop series through September and hopes to start a citizenship program at the school to help students and families who are new to the country and need additional support.
Moreover, the administrator is working to increase enrollment at the high school–which now has a student population of 251–and add to its academic offerings. He’s currently talking with the Allen School of Health Sciences in Jamaica, Queens, to bring a nursing program to the campus and wants to offer students Driver’s Education as well. “My goal is to make our high school the jewel of Rockaway Park,” the assistant principal noted.