Since 2012, The Friends of P.S. 217 has acted with one primary purpose ~ to fund the expansion and enhancement of educational and artistic opportunities for the students of P.S. 217.
Our mission is simple - we’re here for the students! But specifically, we focus on the following four areas:
To fund the expansion and enhancement of educational opportunities for the students at P.S. 217.
To solicit funding for the above objective from friends, neighbors, parents, elected officials and P.S. 217 graduates.
To compete for grants as appropriate for The Friends’ activities.
To work cooperatively with the P.S. 217 administration and Parents Association to effectively achieve the above goals.
What We've Achieved
FO 217 strives to donate at least $30,000/year towards after school programs.
In the 2017-2018 school year, we provided funds to launch a fall session of our after school program, which was rebranded "Discovery Zone". The program had nine clubs in its pilot year, and we funded the expansion to 18 clubs in the 2018-2019 year.
Our support of the after school programs has expanded year over year. We have helped to fund a total of 484 students participating in this current year (2018-2019).
We have supported 12 full-scale musical productions since our inception, including this year’s production of Seussical (June 1st).
This year, we hosted PS 217's legislative breakfast, which ensured we continue to have strong ties to our community leaders, and that they are aware of all the wonderful things that are happening at 217. This connection helped garner the support from the community-at-large during the Participatory Budgeting process - we are happy to announce the award of $200,000 for a new sound system in our auditorium, to support all the academic and artistic endeavors of our children!