Storefront Academy Harlem held its annual spring gala on Thursday, May 18th at the Mandarin Oriental New York. The gala awarded two longtime and dedicated partners of the school with the inaugural Christine LaSala and Michael Stubbs Cornerstone Award and the Core Values Award. FOX 5 NY anchor Dari Alexander was master of ceremonies and Robbie Gordy of Christie’s was the evening’s auctioneer.
Fiduciary Trust Company International received the inaugural Cornerstone Award in recognition of its three-decade long partnership with the school. John M. Dowd, chief executive officer of Fiduciary Trust, and Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager Bibi Conrad accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.
“For over 50 years Storefront Academy has had a profound impact on the education of our City’s children who would otherwise face significant obstacles in their path to intellectual advancement,” said John M. Dowd, chief executive officer of Fiduciary Trust, in a statement. “In our partnership, we hope to encourage more dialogue around childhood literacy and spark fresh ideas about how resources, time and leadership can transform people’s lives for the better. We are humbled to receive this award and look forward to continuing to partner with Storefront.”
The inaugural Core Values Award was presented to Anne-Marie Embiricos, a longtime volunteer and supporter. The Core Values Award recognized Anne-Marie as a dedicated individual within Storefront Academy’s community, who has chosen to give her time and her resources to the children of Harlem, and whose unselfish and dedicated service sets an example for others.The award was presented to Ms. Embiricos by Storefront Academy Harlem’s first grade teacher, who spoke first-hand of Ms. Embiricos’ three years as a volunteer in Storefront Academy’s first grade class.
The evening also celebrated Storefront Academy’s alumni successes with a film featuring a number of its outstanding graduates. The film explored how the strong foundation and support offered at Storefront Academy propel students for success in high school and beyond. Storefront Academy’s alumni base had a strong showing at the gala as a number of them were in attendance and took part in the celebration.
Our first grade classes on our South Bronx campus created opinion videos based on various challenges affecting the residents and community in the South Bronx. From more services for the neighborhood's homeless to increased recess time, these first graders had quite a lot to say.
Rapper Dee-1 and Pricewaterhouse Coopers were on our Harlem campus recently teaching our students about financial literacy at a special assembly with our 2nd through 8th grade students.
As part of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Literacy Month celebrations, some of our students on our Harlem campus took part in a conversation about borrowing, savings and paying for college with PwC Partner Mitch Roschelle and Rapper Dee-1.
Storefront Academy South Bronx held its 3rd lottery for academic school year 2017-2018 on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. on the school's campus. The third party observer was Mr. Nicholas Madio, member of Community Board 2 in the Bronx and local business owner of A1 Food Distributors and Bruckner Bronx Collision. For more information, please contact Marie Lucas, Director of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
On behalf of everyone at Storefront Academy Harlem, I am pleased to share with you our 2015-2016 Annual Report.
I was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Storefront in early 2017, and I am reminded every day of the Storefront’s legacy and our unique place in the world of education. Since our founding over 50 years ago, Storefront Academy Harlem has been committed to empowering children who face tremendous obstacles in pursuit of their education. At the Storefront, we believe that we must prepare our students not only academically but also socially. We add a distinctive focus on character, building core values that teach our students to navigate difficult situations and make thoughtful decisions.
The work we do, and the depth and breadth of that work, depends on our donors. We are grateful for your continued partnership and support. With your help, we will continue to expand the reach of our mission, giving an excellent education to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn and grow into their most successful selves. Click here to read this year's annual report.
Interim Executive Director
As part of its Principal of the Week series, DNAinfo New York sat down with Storefront Academy Harlem Principal Alexis Thomason to talk about her role as principal as well as Storefront Academy's achievements.
The Board of Trustees of Storefront Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Karen H. Putnam has been named Interim Executive Director. In her role, Dr. Putnam will direct the strategic direction, programs, and operations for Storefront Academy Harlem and Storefront Academy South Bronx. Dr. Putnam will collaborate closely with the schools' trustees and senior leadership in continuing to expand the schools’ impact, and strengthening Storefront Academy's mission and work in underserved communities.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Karen to the Storefront Academy family,” said Ray Cameron, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Storefront Academy Harlem. “Karen brings a wealth of experience and expertise that we know will continue to allow us to provide an invaluable education for children in Harlem and the South Bronx.”
“Working at Storefront Academy is a homecoming of sorts,” said Dr. Putnam, “continuing a connection I made as head of the Central Park Conservancy. My personal priority then was reaching out to families and children north of 110th Street. As Interim Executive Director of Storefront Academy, my goal is to advance the shared mission of Storefront Academy Harlem and Storefront Academy South Bronx, both dedicated to educating the whole child, academically and socially.”
Dr. Putnam has extensive experience in the not-for-profit world, including higher education, the arts, social services, and public-private partnerships. In addition to working at Harvard and Yale Universities, she served as Vice Director of The Brooklyn Museum and President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. At the Conservancy, Dr. Putnam worked with cultural and civic organizations in Harlem, focusing on families and children. During that tenure, she was named a partner in the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Subsequently, as Principal and Director of Philanthropic and Family Wealth Stewardship Services at Bessemer Trust, she served on The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, The Professional Advisors Council of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and the Professional Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dr. Putnam also wrote the book, “50 Best Places to Enjoy Central Park and Other Green Retreats,” published by Rizzoli Universe Publishing.
Dr. Putnam has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College.
The fourth grade class on our Harlem campus wrote nonfiction books about topics they knew a lot about, and had a publishing party with their families to celebrate their work. The topics ranged from video games, to cooking, to how to prank people.
Books and literature are a big part of what makes the Storefront special. Indeed, when the Storefront first opened, it was as a library. It was a priority from the beginning to introduce the world beyond our Harlem neighborhood to the children in the community through books.
Our pre-kindergarten class paid a visit to Red Rosster, where they toured the restaurant and got to meet the owner and chef, Marcus Samuelsson. They had the pleasure of dining at the chef's table, where they could see their food being made. They enjoyed mac and cheese along with chicken and waffles.
As part of our Black History Month celebrations, members of the Black Employee Networking Group at Morgan Stanley visited our Harlem campus for an activity with our 5th through 8th grade boys. The group discussed confronting and overcoming fears, and made masks to represent the men that they are and want to become. At Storefront Academy Harlem, 100% of our male students graduate from high school, significantly higher than the national average of 59% for men of color.