For over fiteen years, PS 97Q, The Forest Park School, has developed an amazing relationship with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus, educating families on health topics such as breast cancer awareness, stress management, heart disease, living with diabetes, living with asthma and so much more.  

Ms. Carina Vizhnay, Empire’s Community Relations, special event coordinator, has become a family member and dear friend to the PS 97Q families through the programs she brings to them.  

During those years, Empire has shown their appreciation to the teachers with cupcakes and infusion bottles for Teacher Appreciation Day, as well as selecting this school to be a recipient of their school supply program — Teachers Closet, sharing many items such as notebooks, rulers, glue sticks, folders, tissues and paper towels. 

Recently, Disney’s “Frozen II” opened with record breaking numbers at the box office — and thanks to Empire, 40 members of the PS 97Q school community received free tickets! Many of the families met at the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas and enjoyed a wonderful morning watching the movie and enjoying some snacks!  

The school administration gives a big shout-out to Empire for their continued support.

If you would like to be featured on a School Spotlight page, call Lisa LiCausi, Education Coordinator, at (718) 205-8000, Ext. 110. Online go to   

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