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Lorraine Quiles was mentioned in Humans of New York Story
Oct 05, 2017
“I was on a leadership team in 5th grade. At the end of the year we were supposed to take a trip to Washington DC. We held fundraisers and everything. But when it was time to go, I didn’t have the identification papers to buy a plane ticket. So our teacher Ms. Rivera decided that we’d take a bus. Just so I could go too. That trip changed my life. It made me want to be a lawyer. And Ms. Rivera became one of the closest people in my life. She always kept in touch. She basically watched me grow up. One time in high school I got in a huge fight with my mom, and Ms. Rivera came and took me on a long car ride. I started to tell her everything. I told her about a recent break-up, and how I smoked weed, and ‘I did this,’ and ‘I did that.’ She just listened to everything. Then she started telling me about her life too. She told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship. I’d always thought her life was perfect because she was a guidance counselor. But she’d been through so much too. When it was came time to apply for college, Ms. Rivera was the one who helped me apply for DACA. She told me about the TheDream.us scholarship. I didn’t even want to apply. I was ready to give up. I’d just accepted that I’d always work in restaurants like my mom. But Ms. Rivera made me apply. She said: ‘What happened to that girl who wanted to be a lawyer?’ I learned that I got the scholarship in February. They’re paying for my entire college. Ms. Rivera was so proud of me. She kept saying: ‘I told you so.’”
Here's the link to Humans of New York.
Recycling Champions honors Johanna!
Sep 12, 2017
GrowNYC's Recycling Champions Program recently posted a snapshot of Johanna's Welcome Back to School design on our Instagram page as a tribute to her artistry.
Here's the link to Instagram.
First Annual Sustainability Expo
May 22, 2017
SPS Green team did an amazing job at the First Annual Sustainability Expo. Our team presented all our recycle, reuse, and reduce programs in our school.
Xu Xin Gao is a winner at the 31st annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest
May 16, 2017
Congratulations! Our student, Xu Xin Gao has been selected as a winner for the outstanding art entry submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 31st annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. The entry was beautifully executed and shows genuine understanding of – and appreciation for – New York’s water resources. More than 1,700 watershed and New York City students participated in the contest this year.
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY AND JETBLUE RECOGNIZE BROOKLYN CLASSROOM IN CITY-WIDE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
Program Provided New York City Students Opportunity to Visit and Tour One World Observatory and Submit an Illustration to be Sold Onsite with All Proceeds to Benefit Winning School
New York - July 21, 2016
The fourth grade class at PS 169 Sunset Park (Brooklyn) won the first city-wide schools initiative hosted by One World Observatory and its founding partner JetBlue, the organizations jointly announced today.
The program, held from February through June of the 2015-16 academic year, invited New York City school students to tour One World Observatory and after the completion of their visit, collaborate on an illustration depicting their experience, with each class submitting one entry. The winning submission, created by the fourth grade class at PS 169 Sunset Park, will be reproduced in postcard format and sold onsite in the Observatory gift shop for the duration of the summer season. All proceeds of the postcard sales will go back to PS 169 Sunset Park.
The winning artwork, a collective effort by the students of PS 169 Sunset Park, features historic landmarks visible from the Observatory, including the Statue of Liberty, as well as figures of students taking in aspects of the experience, such as the dynamic Sky Portal. The artwork includes in colorful, handwritten text, “We Are One!”
In total, 111 city schools participated in the program, with more than 3,500 students visiting One World Observatory and receiving the opportunity to view the city and surrounding area from more than 1250 feet above the ground.
Class trips were awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, through an online entry system. Each trip covered 32 student tickets and three complimentary adult tickets.
The program is part of an ongoing community service initiative between the Observatory and JetBlue, designed to give back to the community.