Friday, September 12, 2008

LACASA After School Program @ PS 84 Starts September 15th!

We have many exciting activities planned for the after school program this year.

Thanks to a grant from City Council Member Gale Brewer, PS 84 is the recipient of a cultural grant that will support theater arts activities through a partnership with Lincoln Center. We are very excited about this partnership and are looking forward to working with the staff of Lincoln Center to bring theater arts to the families of PS 84.

Martial Arts, Creative Arts, Salsa are all coming back this year with new and exciting activities planned. We will also offer a photography club and science club as "pilot" groups this year to see if there is enough interest  to include them as permanent club offerings.

If parents have other ideas for clubs they would like to see offered, please feel free to speak with the program's director. If there is enough interest we may be able to incorporate it.

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Cool Culture Family Passes

The entry fees at many cultural institutions are often prohibitively
expensive for low-income families. Most families with whom Cool Culture
works fall under federal poverty guidelines. Though many institutions
offer free or reduced-fee time periods, these are often during weekdays
or evenings when families are unable to attend. Additionally,
"pay-what-you-wish" or suggested admission policies can be difficult to
negotiate, especially for families who are not used to visiting
museums.To address these issues and through its partnerships with
cultural institutions, Cool Culture is able to give each family a Cool
Culture Family Pass that provides free entry at any time to over 71
museums, botanical gardens, and zoos.

Cool Culture

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling :

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

Saturday, September 13, 2008

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

"Jataka Tales" told by Rafe Martin (origin: Buddhist) and "To Life" told by Diane Wolkstein (origin: Jewish).

Storytelling is held rain or shine. The stories are appropriate for children six years and up. Parents or guardians are asked to sit with their children.

Location Pilgrim Hill & Conservatory Water72nd Street & 5th Avenue in Central Park, at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen (west side of Conservatory Water) Manhattan
Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling : Upcoming Events : New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
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MDRC - Fast Fact: Does Education Increase Economic Mobility?

Fast Fact

Does Education Increase Economic Mobility?It is an article of faith in the United States that more education leads to greater earnings, and the data back it up. In 2005, for instance, college graduates earned $25,000 more on average than high school graduates. A two-year associate’s degree brought an average annual premium of $8,500 over a high school diploma.However, family background also plays an important role in determining one’s educational trajectory and economic success as an adult, according to a new Brookings Institution report, Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America, by Ron Haskins, Julia B. Isaacs, and Isabel Sawhill. Not only are the children of relatively well-off parents more likely to earn more as adults, but they are more likely to get a college degree than children of parents with lower incomes (as the figure below demonstrates). The policy challenge is to make it possible for more young people from the bottom quintiles of the family income distribution to access higher education and succeed in college.
MDRC - Fast Fact: Does Education Increase Economic Mobility?
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