Children’s Aid Campers Dream Big

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On Friday, July 25, summer campers from C.S. 211 had the chance to Dream Big. And they did so in front of an A-list crowd.

Thanks to our partnership with the Bronx Children’s Museum, our children attended a day-long event called Dream Big at Lehman College that featured a series of workshops that explored the museum’s STEAM-powered curriculum (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) followed by an amazing arts-inspired show. All of the participants came from programs visited over the course of the summer by the museum’s mobile residency, which focused on the study of bridges, specifically the High Bridge.

The kids from C.S. 211 had been preparing for weeks to put on their act in the afternoon show, under the guidance of some of the teaching artists working with the Bronx Children’s Museum. They knew they would be performing in front of a big crowd, but they didn’t know some of the big names that would be there. None were bigger than neighborhood hero Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court Justice, and former U.S. senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Another notable for the children was Sonia Manzano, better known as Maria from Sesame Street. Also in attendance were City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bronx Borough President Rubén Diaz Jr., and  the nominee to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro.

It was a day the kids will never forget.