Students Celebrate African-American and Dominican Heritages in Washington Heights

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Elected Officials Expected at Children’s Aid Society Community School for Big Celebration

Contacts:

Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org

Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org

When:

Friday, March 5, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Program starts approximately 7:00 p.m.

Where:

The Children’s Aid Society’s Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Community School
4600 Broadway at 196th Street (entrance on 196th Street)
Washington Heights, Manhattan

What:

Senator Bill Perkins, Assembly Member Adam Clayton Powell IV, Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell and Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson are all expected to attend.

• Students, parents, staff and community members from eight Children’s Aid Society community schools in Washington Heights, East Harlem and the Bronx will celebrate African-American and Dominican heritages.

• 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. - Open house featuring displays, food and costumes representative of the Dominican Republic and Africa. This year’s theme is the beach and the featured element in the dishes and displays is coconut.

• 7:00 p.m. – Politicians speak, followed by over 100 Children’s Aid Society community school students, ages 5-18, performing a variety of dances including hip hop, jazz, salsa and West African, as well as reciting hip hop poetry.

The Children’s Aid Society’s community schools are public schools that combine the best quality educational practices with a wide range of vital in-house health and social services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn. Community schools serve as true centers of community life; they are open early mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and summers, and provide services and programs of interest to the entire community.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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