BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Faculty and administrators at a Bed-Stuy school serving children in need want to celebrate their students — and are reaching out to the community for help.
"Our school is pretty much lacking money all around," said organizer and teacher Elizabeth Cortes. "And we have a huge percentage of our population who really don't get out much and experience things some of us take for granted."
P.S. 23 is populated in part by kids from local shelters, and teachers and administrators often have to deal with issues that extend beyond the classroom, Principal Celina Napolitano told DNAinfo New York in January.
Bed-Stuy also has one of highest child poverty rates in the city, according to the Citizens' Committee for Children.
The event will be a reward for the students' hard work over the year, Napolitano said.
"Anything to have fun for the children," she said. "Whatever we do is for the children and for their future, [so] that they have a sense of the worth."
Attendees are asked to donate $20 to the event, which nets them five raffle tickets and a chance to win specialty gift baskets donated by P.S. 23 teachers, parents and administrators. Camp Friendship donated the space for the event, organizers said.
"It's an awesome way to bring our kids and their parents and the rest of the community together," Cortes said. "It builds this bond, because they see that we care, even outside of school."
P.S. 23's fundraiser is April 25, 7 p.m. until midnight. It is open to the public. To donate online, visit the school's GoFundMe page.