Reporting from the field: PS 112’s March Madness Family Game Night


This Tuesday, the Citizens Team at PS 112 hosted March Madness Family Game Night at PS 112, The Dutch Kills School in Long Island City. Students brought their families for a night of carnival-themed games that included a raffle for school supplies. Students received raffle tickets for winning games, and for their good behavior and attendance. Eight lucky students won their choice of pencils, erasers and folders. Students who had been honored for good behavior were also recognized.

At the carnival, students could choose from stations that included Bowling, Basketball, Pin the Beard on City Year Steve, Pin the Tie on Principal Campos, the Bean Bag Toss and many more! One of the most popular stations was Face Painting with the City Year artists, corps members Steve Melis, Michelle Szlachtianchyn, Amy Furman, and Program Manager Talia Bender. Another big hit was the Soccer Challenge where –the students had the chance to try to score a goal against Principal Campos. Fifth grader Jasmine Naxi said, “It was really fun and incredible! OMG!” ’

Pinning the beard on City Year Steve.

Corps members Leah Cepko and Jessica Rapp, the masterminds behind the carnival, expected big things before the event began. Jessica said her ‘great expectations came from PS 112’s history of great turnouts for family-oriented events.’ In the end, 276 people attended the event. Great job, ladies! And many thanks to our fellow City Year New York corps members from across the site, 11 intrepid souls who made the trek to Long Island City and manned game stations and helped out at every level.

Your bloggers would like to leave you with this quote from Leah:

‘I feel awesome and proud. My favorite moment was standing in the auditorium and seeing that almost every single seat was filled with painted faces. The range of different families, races and ages of people who came out was inspiring.’

PS 112 will next be hosting a literacy night on April 12th to help families prepare for the English Language Arts state exam in May. See you then!

Written by Karty Pierre-Philippe and Mat Thomas, corps member and team leader respectively, at PS 112. Photos by Karty Pierre-Philippe.