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NE Qns. afterschool programs expand

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am

Cultural After School Adventures programming in northeast Queens has expanded once again, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced Monday.

A total of 17 schools — up from 15 last year — will get CASA grant funding to bring arts enrichment to students. The program allows Council members to designate cultural organizations to partner with public schools for afterschool programming, which provides unique cultural education opportunities to students.

Vallone has consistently increased CASA funding for schools in his district since first taking office in 2014, with total annual funding up to $340,000 from $100,000.

This year, school administrators at PS 32 and 209 will receive CASA grant funding and select an eligible nonprofit community organization to partner with. Many CASA programs take place over many months with a culminating performance or event toward the end of the school year.

The schools will have the following partnerships for the program:

• Alley Pond Environmental Center with PS 31 in Bayside;

• Conrad Poppenhusen Association with PS 29 in College Point;

• Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts with PS 184 and PS 193;

• Magic Box Productions with JHS 194 in Whitestone;

• Marquis Studios with PS 159 in Bayside and PS 94 in Little Neck;

• Midori Foundation with JHS 67 and PS 98 in Little Neck;

• Queens College Foundation, Inc. with PS 129 in College Point;

• Queens Museum with the BELL Academy Middle School in Bayside;

• Queens Theatre in the Park with PS 130 in Bayside and PS 169 in Bay Terrace;

• Research Foundation for the City University of New York with JHS 185 in Flushing;

• Wildlife Conservation Society with PS 79 in Whitestone;

• To-be-determined group with PS 32 in Flushing; and

• To-be-determined group with PS 209 in Whitestone.

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