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NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, along with Youth and Community Development Commissioner (DYCD) Jeanne B. Mullgrav, visited CS 211 on July 11 to see the NYC Summer Quest. The visitors practiced with the marching band, observed a healthy cooking demonstration and paid a visit to the chicken coop on the school backyard

In keeping with his focus on middle schools reform and mindful that summer learning is crucial to keeping students on track, Chancellor Walcott launched NYC Summer Quest last year, with 1,120 elementary and middle school students in 12 schools in the South Bronx. This year, the program has expanded to include 1,800 students from the same area. 

NYC Summer Quest, led by the DOE, DYCD and The Fund for Public Schools, is a free, five-week, nine-hour-a-day, project-based program that provides quality learning through fun, hands-on enrichment  experiences  to boost students’ academic skills.  DOE teachers collaborate with instructors from community-based organizations, such as The Children’s Aid Society, to offer Common Core-aligned instruction, arts, sports and recreation, reading tutoring and field trips. They also encourage family engagement, health and fitness.

Last summer, 90% of surveyed parents reported that NYC Summer Quest was a good balance of fun and learning and would recommend the program to other parents.