Storefront third graders have been learning about farming. As part of the unit, they planted beet seeds in small containers that they grew on their classroom windowsill. Last week, they transplanted the seedlings into our garden behind building 59. Mr. Bennett Konesni, who has his own farm on Shelter Island, was on hand to teach the students some traditional work songs that he and his team use on his farm. In a couple of months, the students should have a nice little crop!
Third grade teacher Ms. Larson with Mr. Konesni and students.
On October 7th and 8th, 60 Storefront students were visited by Drs. Garcia and Saadvandi and members of their staff. The podiatrists gave our students free foot screenings and took impressions of their feet for custom insoles. Each student was asked to walk a few feet for the doctor and was observed for various foot issues such as pronated feet, supinated feet, toe walking, and ingrown toenails. Students then created foot molds fore their custom insoles. Many students described the blue molding material as feeling like "walking on a cloud" or "quick sand."
The students will receive a custom report detailing their diagnosis and have an opportunity for their parents to speak further with a doctor. Staff was also given the opportunity to be examined, and ten took up the offer.
The screenings were hosted by AAA Elite, a company that strives to provide foot screening and custom foot solutions. Special thanks to Executive Assistant Leah Lescoflair for organizing the doctors' visit.
Student with Dr. Saadvandi.
The Storefront was fortunate to have 9th graders from Trinity School volunteering yesterday. It was part of their commitment to perform community service. Storefront students interacted with the older students in several classes. We're so grateful to have Trinity students as part of our community.
On Saturday, September 28th, volunteers from Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP and friends completed the clean up and planting project for our garden. Organizing the event was Storefront Trustee Christopher Moore, his brother- in-law John Kuolomechuk, his son Chris Jr., class mates Allie Russo and Rob Palazzolo, Lefentse Bodibe (Orrick law clerk), Clotilde Melendez, her sister Bruny, nephews Miguel and Ricardo Rivera, and their classmate Nate. We're so grateful to these friends for taking time to make our corner of the city more beautiful.
On September 15, seventy-five students from the Storefront were treated to an amazing time at the 2013 Right to Play Gymnastics Festival. They were introduced to several current and retired Olympic gymnasts, who led the students in a 'fitness zone,' and also performed amazing gymnastic demonstrations. Gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas also took special time to personally speak with our students. Thanks to faculty and staff who chaperoned the event, to Ms. Lescouflair for organizing and especially to Trustee Lise Evans for making it all possible. For more information on Right to Play, click here.
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas
The Storefront's Artist in Residence/ Art Teacher Matthias Leutrum is showing new works at The Painting Center, 547 W. 27th Street, Suite 500. The exhibition, Roofing Tar Paintings, starts September 3 and runs through September 28, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 5 from 6-8pm.
Inspiration for the paintings came to Mr. Leutrum as a response to finding surplus roofing tar and plywood that was left by a contractor at his studio. "I decided to spackle the tar on to the rugged surface of the plywood and go at it with brushes and paint," he said. "Moving through the thick and sticky roofing tar is a messy and unpleasant business, like treading through molasses."
His work with the tar and highly diluted paint resulted in vibrant, multi-hued images.
Mr. Leutrum has been teaching at the Storefront for 15 years. We are so fortunate to have such a talented artist teaching our children.
For more information on Mr. Leutrum's art, visit www.matthiasleutrum.com.
Class of 2008 alum Yaniesha Burroughs is a Storefront success story. After graduating, Yaniesha went on to Horace Mann High School. This fall she heads back to Wheaton College in MA, where she is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Japanese Linguistics. She plans to graduate in 2015. Congratulations, Yaniesha! We are so proud of you!
The ING New York City Marathon is November 3, 2013, and this year the Storefront will be represented. Jennifer Serban from our partners at Credit Suisse will be running in the marathon to raise money for our school.
"I've been running for about twenty years," Ms. Serban said, "but seriously running since about 2006, when I did my first marathon."
Ms. Serban said that she wanted to combine her love of running and her desire to make a difference. "I was introduced to the Storefront by (Trustee) George Weiksner. I knew I wanted to run the marathon for a charity, and I wanted my contribution to really make an impact."
Ms. Serban is currently training for the 26.2 mile marathon, which winds through the five boroughs of New York. Her participation in the iconic race will earn a minimum of $2,500.00 for the school. We are grateful to Ms. Serban for choosing to participate in benefit of The Children's Storefront, and we wish her terrific luck. To donate, click here.
First and second graders in the Storefront Summer School got to spend some time cooking in the kitchen today. Representatives from Red Rabbit, a company that provides wholesome school meals and education about healthy eating for students, spent the afternoon teaching our kids about eating more healthily. They learned about MyPlate, which recommends that half of the meal plate should be filled with colorful vegetables and fruits, and the other half with whole grains and protein. Our students also got to chop up veggies to help make vegetable and black bean quesadillas. Healthy eating is essential to not only to our children's physical health, but also to their academic growth. Thanks to Red Rabbit for spending time at the Storefront.
Last Friday, the Storefront said farewell to our front office manager, Ms. Magnolia Jones. Affectionately known as Ms. Maggie, she was dedicated to the school for 22 years. She was much more than just an employee, she was a friend to students, parents, faculty, and staff, and performed her duties here with warmth, caring and love. We wish her much luck and joy in this new chapter of her life, and she will always be a special part of our Storefront family.