A Groundbreaking Day in the South Bronx

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Yesterday was a big day for the South Bronx community. It marked the official commencement of a project that we’ve actually been working on for some time: the Bronx Community School, a $45 million facility that will be home to Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School and a full slate of programming for children as well as many services for their families.

We had a huge turnout for the festivities with some very special guests, namely Rich Buery, the deputy mayor of New York City for special initiatives, and Ruben Diaz Jr., the borough president of the Bronx. Attendees shared in the excitement about a new building that would send a clear message to young people that their education and welfare is important.

“This building is about our children,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This is about our future. We want an equal playing field and equal opportunities. That’s what Children’s Aid has given us.”

In addition to a fully modern set of classrooms, the building will include a gymnasium/auditorium, cafeteria, expanded science room, art room, dedicated dance studio, music room, library/media center, and meeting rooms. When it opens in 2016, the new building will accommodate approximately 420 students spanning grades pre-K to 5.

The Bronx Community School will be the latest and most substantial investment in this South Bronx neighborhood. It sits in close proximity to the Bronx Family Center, three other Children’s Aid early childhood centers, 11 other Children’s Aid community schools and the Next Generation Center, a facility for adolescents as they prepare for adulthood.

“This new space offers us the ability to expand our footprint in partnership with this vibrant community,” said Phoebe Boyer, the president and CEO of Children’s Aid. “It will be a central hub and resource for this community. We are excited to cement our commitment to the South Bronx with the opening of this building.”

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