By Joanna DelBuono
East New York
Cheers to the children at the Police Athletic League Beacon IS 218 after-school program for participating in the seventh annual Science Fair.
More than 100 fourth-through-eighth-grade students from league centers from around the city explored the theme “Creating a Better Tomorrow” by conducting experiments and sharing their findings on ways to conserve the Earth. Topics included the science behind decomposition, conservation, sustainability, agriculture, and recycling.
The students at IS 218, with help from their mentors, turned their attention to recycling.
Prizes were awarded in the first, second, and third places categories.
The O says, “Recycle, reuse, reclaim.”
James P. Sinnott, Junior HS 218 Beacon Center [370 Fountain Ave. at Pitkin Avenue in East New York, (718) 277–1928].
Yippee for the Ippies
Kudos to BRIC TV, the borough’s non-profit cable channel and digital network, for receiving two Ippies Awards for Best Video.
The Center for Community and Ethnic Media, an initiative of The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, awarded the two prestigious accolades at the 15th annual ceremony held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on May 18.
The Ippies are the only journalism awards in the city to honor reporting in English and in languages other than English by the ethnic and community press. Judges for the Ippies Awards are comprised of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism faculty and staff members as well as other independent prominent journalists.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by a talented group of journalists and storytellers that truly reflect the diversity of the city that we’re lucky to call home,” said Aziz Isham, executive producer of BRIC TV.
BRIC’s main venue offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.
BRIC [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 855–7882].
Welcome to Brooklyn
Hip, hip, hooray to High School Youth Ambassadors from Trinidad & Tobago on their visit to Kingsborough Community College for the International College Exploration Initiative sponsored by the local charitable organization En ToTo’s International College Exploration Initiative. The students spent a day with faculty, staff, students, and administrators who shared positive stories and experiences.
Students from six high schools were selected based on their academic performance and En ToTo membership and were accompanied by five chaperones, including En ToTo president JoAnne Harroo-Blackman, teachers, counselors, and parents, as they completed the organization’s first-ever International College Exploration Initiative.
Organized in part by Trinidad & Tobago native Kirt Bowen, assistant professor at Kingsborough and paramedic program director, the one-week program allowed the students to explore New York City while enjoying new social and cultural experiences, as well as participating in similar exchanges at Kingsborough.
“This was a very positive experience for the visiting group,” said Bowen. “Many of the students agreed that the trip made all the difference as they are now exploring college opportunities.”
Kingsborough Community College [2001 Oriental Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5000].
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