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June 4, 2010

An Early Look at College for Brooklyn Grade Schoolers From Ps 133

More than 300 students from PS 133 in Brooklyn came to St. Francis College June 4 to get a look at what their future could hold. The trip, made up of kindergarten through 4th graders, is part of an ongoing collaboration between St. Francis and PS 133. (Watch SFCTV story on PS 133)

“It’s vital to show these children, as young as they are, that they can go to college,” said Professor Richard Giaquinto, Chairman of the St. Francis Education Department. “A trip like this can have a real lasting effect that motivates them for the next 10 years of their life. When the time comes, we hope to see many of these children enrolled here with us.”

Over the past few years, nearly 20 St. Francis Education students have conducted their student teaching at the grade school, with many more expected in the near future.

“We love our student teachers. They’re a part of our family,” said PS 133 Assistant Principal Deanne McGhie. “We hope to continue that relationship.”

The students were taught age appropriate activities during the day, like an introduction to marine biology and how to use a smartboard. They also participated in physical education and arts classes.

“The message is, you have to work hard in order to achieve,” added Dr. Giaquinto.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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