Free Pre-HSE Young Adult Literacy Program

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3/28 Event: Gifted and Talented Taskforce

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams &  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Invite you to attend a public hearing of their

Gifted and Talented Taskforce

Come testify about the success or challenges you have experienced with getting a child into or having a child in the New York City Department of Education’s  Gifted & Talented programs or specialized high schools.


Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

6:oo p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza

1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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4/3 deadline: NYCDOE Wellness Poster Contest

8th Annual School Wellness Poster Contest Now Open

Deadline Extended to Monday, April 3, 2017

Show Us What School Wellness Looks Like!

We invite all New York City public school students in grades K-12 to submit an entry for the 8th Annual School Wellness Poster Contest. This year we are introducing a new theme, and we’ve expanding the acceptable formats to include digital artwork, photography, and video.

Use your creativity to create an original artwork or video that captures and celebrates any of the cornerstones of school wellness:

  • physical education (PE) and health education classes
  • wellness and physical activity programs that engage students and families
  • a supportive, inclusive school environment
  • inspiring PE and health education teachers and other school wellness champions

Winning designs will be featured in the 2017-18 School Wellness calendar, on posters displayed in schools and at DOE events, on the DOE website and social media accounts, and in other DOE materials. To learn more about school wellness, read the physical education and health education requirements and the DOE’s Wellness Policies, learn about school wellness councils, and browse past issues of our School Wellness Weekly newsletter.

The entry deadline has been extended to Monday, April 3, 2017. See full contest details and guidelines here, and download a flyer to promote the poster contest at your school or office.

Awards and recognition

In the artwork and photography category, one winner and three runners-up will be selected from each of the following three grade-level categories: elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high (9-12). For video, up to one overall winner will be selected. Each winning and runner-up school will receive a prize valued at up to $500. Artwork and photos featuring the OUT for Safe Schools initiative, and/or efforts to create inclusive school environments, may be featured on materials that promote the DOE’s participation in the New York City PRIDE March on June 25, 2017.

For more information or questions, contact the Office of School Wellness Programs at

3/23 Event: 1st Annual Youth and Education Forum

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Recap: Land Use, Zoning, and Knowing your Rights as a Tenant

On Wednesday, February 15th, I was joined by New York City Council Land Use Director, Raju Mann, and Brooklyn Legal Services Attorneys: Catherine Barreda and Michael Bailey for a presentation on land use, zoning, and tenant rights.
The event not only covered the subject matter, but evolved into a passionate discussion about neighborhood needs and concerns. I admire and share your love for the community, and hope that moving forward, we can continue to engage in meaningful and thoughtful conversations about how I can best serve you.
In the meantime, please review the enclosed information that was discussed at the event and save the date for our upcoming Community Exchange events!
Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo
Contact information
Brooklyn Legal Services
  • 718-237-5500 – general hotline
DHCR (New York State Homes and Community Renewal)
Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Call 311 and ask for inspection (specifically)