Science Appreciation Day February 5, 2013

Today is the annual Science Appreciation Day at the Storefront, where our 7th and 8th graders present their over thirty science projects in the Common Room. Led by science teacher Ms. Rodriguez, each student offers insight into a chosen topic using both visual aids and verbal communication. Students from the lower grades (pre-k to 6th) are invited to see presentations on topics ranging from "Why Is The Sky Blue?" and "How Does Skin Protect Against Infection?" to "What Is Pollution?" and "How Does Electricity Travel?"

Pictured are 7th and 8th graders sharing their projects with our pre-K students. The pre-K class extended their science experience by calling themselves "The Explorers."



Former NBA Player Visits The Storefront January 31, 2013

Former NBA player Jerome Williams visited the Storefront. He shared his story with students from Cluster 3, telling of his life and career. Williams was born and raised in Washington D.C. He played college ball at Georgetown, and spent almost ten years as a professional basketball player, ending his career with the NY Knicks. He stressed the importance and power of a good education, and inspired our students to make good choices in  life. Thanks to April Bobyn, president of the Storefront's Parent Advisory Committee, for helping to secure this amazing man's visit. 

Volunteers from Trinity School January 31, 2013

As part of their Volunteer Week, students from the Trinity School visited the Storefront. They worked with our pre-K through 4th graders, assisting teachers. We're so grateful that these terrific youths gave of their tiime to our school.


The Children's Storefront Benefit at Alvin Ailey - Press Release January 29, 2013


The Children's Storefront Benefit at Alvin Ailey

New York, New York - January 29, 2013 - The Children's Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem is hosting An Evening of Cocktails and Dance on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The event will be held at The Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance -- 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue), 5th Floor -- from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The evening benefits the Storefront, and will feature a special performance by the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers. Tickets for the event are $175 per person and include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

"Concerto for Percussion," "Nocturne" and "Strapped" will be performed by young artists enrolled in The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in Dance and The Ailey School's Professional Division.

Morrison and Forrester, LLP is generously supporting the event. The benefit is chaired by Anne-Marie Embiricos, Amanda Low and Maria Vecchiotti.

The Children's Storefront is located at 70 East 129th Street. Founded in 1966, the school is committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Core to their mission is the belief that all children deserve a quality education regardless of academic ability or financial means. Key to their success is the strong belief in teaching the whole child -- empowering every student to reach his or her potential. More than a tuition-free school, the Storefront is a community, a safe haven and a leader in the field of urban education.

For more information on this event or about the Storefront, contact Shauna Bailey at 212.427.7900 exit. 222, email or visit

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Pre-K Learns About Our Amazing Bodies January 24, 2013

 Our Pre-K class is working on a unit called "Our Amazing Bodies." Under Head Pre-K teacher Schenelle Henry, they explore human similarities and differences. Dr. Martin Luther King taught that it shouldn't matter where people come from or what they look like on the outside because we're all the same on the inside. We should all get along.

Next, the students will read The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, which explores skin color and all the beautiful shades of brown, like Cinnamon, golden brown, coffee toffee and even peanut butter.

The Tenors Sing At The Storefront January 15, 2013


International singing group The Tenors visited the Storefront. They were celebrating the U.S. release of their album, "Lead With Your Heart," which also coinsided with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. They spoke to the students from Clusters 2 and 3 about how their passion for music brought them together, and how dedication and hard work helped win them success. They also encouraged our students to find their own passions and pursue their dreams. As a special treat, The Tenors sang their own stirring version of Leonard Cohen's "Halleluia." The Storefront Choir then stepped up to share "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. To end the mini-concert, The Tenors and The Storefront Choir teamed up to sing Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." It was a wonderful and inspiring morning of music, and we are grateful to The Tenors for spending some time with us in Harlem.

The Tenors, "Halleluia"

The Storefront Choir, "Seasons of Love"

The Tenors with The Storefront Choir, "Forever Young"

6th Annual Urban Education Symposium October 17, 2012
6th Annual Urban Education Symposium

On October 17, 2012 The Children's Storefront held its 6th Annual Urban Education Symposium. The objective of this education symposium is to bring together private, public and charter school teachers, administrators and graduate students in education; to add a fresh voice to the national conversation on education; to define keys to academic success; and to create a network in which to exchange practical ideas that work.

This year the keynote speaker was Kevin Carroll.

Kevin Carroll is founder of the Katalyst Consultancy and the author of the three highly successful "Red Rubber Ball" books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill.  A former Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers, he speaks fifty times a year and consults with industry leaders at Nike, Disney/ESPN, Gap/Old Navy, Hasbro, Proctor & Gamble, and Capital One. As an author, speaker and agent for social change Kevin inspires businesses, organizations and individuals to embrace their passion, spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth. He is a dedicated advocate in the Sport for Social Change movement. Kevin helps people harness the power of sport and play as a vehicle for chasing and achieving their dreams.

6th Annual Urban Education Symposium 

6th Annual Urban Education Symposium6th Annual Urban Education Symposium

6th Annual Urban Education Symposium6th Annual Urban Education Symposium

6th Annual Urban Education Symposium6th Annual Urban Education Symposium


Students at Red Rooster learning about molecular gastronomy with Marcus Samuelsson and Maxime Billet October 12, 2012


Red Rooster


On October 12 the Storefront 8th grade class, accompanied by Storefront teachers, Candace Cardwell and Margarita Rodriguez went to the Red Rooster. Owner/Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Chef Maxime Billet taught the students about molecular gastronomy. They also had the opportunity to make healthy mac-n-cheese. I'm attaching the study guide that they used.

Red Rooster

Red Rooster

One of the students at this event was Gregorio Vincente. Gregorio asked so many questions Marcus thought it would be best for him to work in the kitchen at Red Rooster so he could learn and see what happens. Gregorio worked their on Monday night! I will be sending you one more email with photos of Gregorio in action in the Red Rooster kitchen. Marcus invited Bridget, Gregorio's Mom, and the rest of his family to come for dinner while he was cooking. Gregorio had a wonderful time and Marcus said that he was very focused and wonderful.

Red Rooster

Red Rooster

Red Rooster

The Children’s Storefront announces new Trustee leadership October 3, 2012

The Trustees of The Children’s Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem, are pleased to announce new board leadership with Ray A. Cameron as Board Chair.  Lise B. H. Evans, Lauren Marrus and Jeffrey S. Muti will serve as Vice Chairs. All four have had significant roles in the Storefront’s development, helping the school to continue to succeed in its mission to educate and positively impact the lives of students.  Cameron, Evans, Marrus and Muti will succeed former Board Chair Michael Stubbs and President Christine LaSala, who shared leadership of the Storefront Trustees for the past ten years. Restructuring the board leadership is a result of the desire to share responsibilities among more Trustees.

Ray A. Cameron joined the Storefront Board in 2005 and chaired its Long Range Planning Committee in 2007 and again this year. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2009, and played a significant role in the search for the Head of School. Mr. Cameron is a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Access at Cowen Group, Inc., having spent the majority of his career at Morgan Stanley where he held positions in institutional equity sales for more than 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a MBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas.

Lise B. H. Evans has been a Storefront Trustee since 2006, joining the Board after student teaching for a year at The Children’s Storefront. Since 2008, Ms. Evans has been a co-chair for the Development Committee. She has also chaired the committee for our Annual Spring Gala for the past two years, reinvigorating the event, which now brings in a million dollars each year for the Storefront. She has also has been a mentor to individual 8th grade girls as part of the Storefront’s Women’s Mentoring Program.  She has a BA from New York University and an MA from Columbia Teachers College.

Lauren Marrus began volunteering at the Storefront in 2006, and came onto the Board in 2010.  She co-chaired the Long Range Planning Committee with Mr. Cameron, and has been a mentor to our 7th and 8th grade girls, taking them to lunch once a week for the last two years, and a regular volunteer in our Homework Help program. She is the CEO of Dempsey & Carroll, fine luxury writing papers and holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Harvard School of Business Administration.

Jeffrey S. Muti originally joined the Storefront Board in 2006, and after a brief hiatus, rejoined the board in 2012. He is spearheading a new strategic approaches a co-chair of our Development Committee. Mr. Muti is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Sigma Worldwide, LLC, and holds an AB degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The Children’s Storefront, founded in 1966, is committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Core to our mission is the belief that all children deserve a quality education regardless of academic ability or financial means. Key to our success is our strong belief in teaching the whole child – empowering each to reach his or her potential. More than a tuition-free school, the Storefront is a community, a safe haven and a leader in the field of urban education.

For more information, please contact Caryn Campbell, Chief Development Officer, at, or call 212.427.7900, ext. 225.

Madison Square Garden Training Facility Hosts Children’s Storefront Benefit September 15, 2012

The state-of-the-art training facility for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers is the site for an afternoon of sports clinics and tournaments, hosted by The Children’s Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem. The event will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 4-8pm at the 105,000 square foot training center in Greenburgh, NY.

There will be a “Skills & Drills” basketball and hockey clinics, open to boys and girls ages 10 -14. The hockey clinic will be run by Manhattanville College Coaching staff along with some other special hockey guests. The basketball clinic will be run by local coaching staff from The Theodore D. Young Community Center in Greenburgh, along with some special basketball guests.  In the evening, there will be a hockey tournament for adults.

For over 46 years the Storefront has been committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade.  Our work is grounded in the conviction that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

For additional information about the event or The Children’s Storefront, please contact our Chief Development Officer, Caryn Campbell at or (212) 427-7900, ext. 225.