CFK Program Partners, P.S. 142

Change for Kids Program Partner Highlight: Third Street Music Settlement

At P.S. 142’s most recent music showcase, 3rd-5th graders showed off their newfound skills in West African drumming and the recorder. Families (and selfie sticks) packed the auditorium and proudly watched their little musicians perform.

While the memories captured by the selfie sticks will be a nice family keepsake 10 years from now, the value of music and arts education for these students 10 years from now is infinite.

Research shows that music education and arts education boosts attendance, academic achievement, and graduation rates; increases self-confidence and even promotes lifelong engagement with the arts.

Understanding the importance of such programming, CFK partner principals consistently identify music and arts as a need for their students. That’s #WhyCFK partners with Third Street Music Settlement—to meet that need.

Third Street Music Settlement is the nation’s longest-running community music school and offers guitar, percussion, dance and chorus classes at four Change for Kids partner schools. The Assistant Director of Third Street Partners, James Hall says a highlight of the Change for Kids and Third Street Settlement partnership is CFK’s holistic approach to serving schools.

“It’s not about providing one stand-alone service. It’s about a constellation of literacy, health, and arts programs working with school principals to address their students’ needs,” Hall says.

“This allows Third Street to do what it does best: provide quality music and dance instruction.”

We’re thrilled to work with this fantastic partner to ensure all our students have access to music education!

Check out how P.S. 142 students rocked the music showcase below.

P.S. 15

In their Own Words – What P.S. 15 Students Love about Garden Club – VIDEO

From planting to watching their seedlings grow to helping others, one thing is clear: the garden club is a huge success! Watch as students plant and prepare for their peas to shoot and climb, an outdoor lesson that puts hands into the soil and brings together measurement skills, environmental science, biology, and, of course, fun!

P.S. 15 – How Does Your Garden Club Grow? from Change for Kids on Vimeo.

The garden club was founded by second grade teacher Sarah Strong, Kindergarten teacher Ashley Mendolina, and two amazing PTA members. The garden they’ve started in the planters behind the school features flowers and edibles, planted and maintained by students. The garden also serves as a hands-on learning space that will bring science, math, and nutrition lessons to life.

Here are a few more photos of these young green thumbs in their element.