One of the greatest things about being a principal is creating partnerships. About four years ago, we were blessed to create a partnership with a not-for-profit known as Computers for Youth. This is a wonderful organization who mobilizes its resources to collect computers and distribute them to students in Title I schools. When we learned about it, we submitted an application and were fortunate to be accepted. Today, we celebrated our fourth computer workshop and give away.
Many of us believe, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This may apply most of the time, but not this time! Every sixth grader in our school who attended today's workshop with a parent or person in parental relationship, will walk out of here with a state of the art computer and a flat panel monitor. These computers also come fully loaded with a suite of educational software that can help our students become outstanding scholars and empower their parents to gain confidence with homework help. The school benefits because our students have unlimited access to a learning center. Our students are able to develop 21st Century skills and be college and career ready.
This year, Computers for Youth (CFY) enlisted the help of cable television providers who have become the keepers of the Internet. Remarkably, they have promised to grant everyone of our students access to high speed Internet service for a reduced fee and in some cases for free! Now every student will have access to the world from her/his own living room. Our students can seek out educational partnerships from Brooklyn to Beijing from Crown Heights to Kabul. It is too good to be true and yet it is!
Partnerships represent the best of the private, not-for-profit and public sector. We can continue to do outstanding work as long as we ban together and keep an eye on what really matters--the children. Our school works with may of these organizations, businesses, Universities, and elected officials. We have relationships with CFY, Sports and Arts in School Foundation, Council for Arts Education, Crown Heights Mediation Center, NYC Leadership Academy, Middle School Film Festival, CB Richard Ellis, Inc., Cushman Wakefield, Inc., Long Island University, SUNY Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), SUNY Stony Brook University, Councilwoman Letitia James, State Senator Eric Adams, and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Partnerships are what sustain a school and make it great. They are the foundation from which our students will thrive.
Please support Ebbets Field Middle School and Computers for Youth so that we may continue doing good work for our students. Remember, they will hold the torch that lights our future. We have taken the first step in empowering them. We have given them access to the world. Today was a very special Saturday. Thank you Computers for Youth, Councilwoman Letitia James, Senator Eric Adams and the community of learners at Ebbets Field Middle School for making this possible. I am proud and humble to lead this community and forever in your debt.