October 3, By Tara Law
Seven local schools are receiving public funds to participate in program that offers extracurricular activities for low-income 4th through 12th grade students in New York City
The program, known as Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students), provides low income students with academic and cultural experiences; test preparation; academic guidance; and community service opportunities.
The seven schools will be divvying up $50,000 to participate, via a state allocation secured by Senate Jose Peralta.
The schools to receive a share of the funds are I.S. 227 in East Elmhurst; Lexington School and Center for the Deaf in East Elmhurst; P.S. 89 in Elmhurst; The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights; I.S. 145 in Jackson Heights; P.S. 19 in Corona and P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights.
“Our students are the future of this city and this nation, and this is why it is vital we ensure we provide them with all opportunities we can for them to succeed,” said Peralta.
When Project BOOST began in 2003, it served nine schools and 270 students throughout the city. This year, 140 New York City schools and 20,000 students are participating in the program.