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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A gymnasium for PS 226?

PS 226, an elementary school on Sedgwick Avenue in University Heights, is raising money to build a gymnasium.

So far, the school's held several fund-raisers – including a celebrity golf tournament in Los Angeles – and pulled in about $1 million, which includes a $500,000 commitment from Bronx Council Member Maria Baez.

Robert Romano, a teacher at the school who's leading the effort, has a famous brother: actor Ray Romano of "Everyone Loves Raymond" fame - hence the celebrity involvement.

To help attract additional donors - they need another $2-3 million - the school recently had a video made (above). In it teachers, parents, and others (including Baez) explain how the facility, if built, will benefit the school's 450 students.

More here.

(The video is courtesy of Crazy Duck Productions)

1 comment:

  1. thank you for writing about the lack of gyms in the bronx schools. it's an excellent piece. it's a dreadful problem and a symptom of these thoughtless times.

    however, from a journalistic point of view, there was one glaring omission. and that is that the former borough president's study couldn't be more hypocritical.

    here's a guy that shut out a generation of young people in one of the neediest sections of the bronx from its parkland and then he goes out and does a study about the lack of physical education faclilties in schools? is he kidding? he's as much a part of this problem as the DOE is!

    further.... recently juan gonzalez reported correctly that this entire situation has totally screwed the baseball team at all hallows HS.


    seems to me if you're going to accept carrion's finding in this study, you are duty bound to ask him or his staff about his role in keeping bronx kids fat.

    further, a little while back he put out a TV PSA of him throwing a football, encouraging Bronx kids to stay active. guess where it was filmed? in macomb's dam park!

    i think you need to do a follow up on your story and report on exactly what recreation facilties the former BP has left the community with... along with the state of phys ed in the schools. otherwise you have only told part of the story.


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