Students Celebrate African-American and Dominican Heritages in Washington Heights

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Congressman Charles B. Rangel Expected at Children’s Aid Society Community School

Contacts:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Friday, February 27, 2009
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Program at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Where:
The Children’s Aid Society Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Campus Community School
4600 Broadway at 196th Street
Washington Heights, Manhattan

What:
Congressman Rangel is expected to address the crowd at 7:00 p.m., at the start of the student performances.

• Students, parents, staff and community members from nine 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 two villages – one in the Dominican Republic and one in West Africa.

• 7:00 p.m. - Approximately 200 Children’s Aid Society community school students, ages 5-18, will perform a variety of dances including hip hop, jazz, salsa and West African, as well as recite hip hop poetry.

The Children’s Aid Society 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. Open early mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and summers, the community school serves as a true center of community life.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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