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Resilience and Relief Fund

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THE STORY:

In light of Hurricane Sandy, we are reaching out to tell the story of our eighth grade class, and their resilience through the years.

Public Prep Schools have put a premium on teaching our scholars character-based strengths, and have centered our schools around four core values of scholarship, sisterhood, merit, and responsibility, in addition to encouraging our students to exhibit character-based strengths, like grit, resilience, gratitude, and zest, in their daily lives.

In August 2010, just as I was joining Public Prep and just weeks before the first day of school, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School was looking for a home after being denied additional classrooms for our increased footprint at P188. Staff, families, and board members came together, and we found another private space just in time for school to begin. It was a difficult situation, but our students endured.

In September 2012, after settling into a new school in the East Village, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School staff and students forced to leave their home at 420 E. 11th street due to a structural issue in the building. But with the support of our sister school, GP LES Elementary, students were able to finish their day of learning at the Elementary campus, and report back there the following day. Meanwhile, the DOE and SUNY worked to place students in a temporary relocation site within 24 hours. It was a difficult situation, but our students endured.

In October 2012, just a few weeks after being relocated to a new school, Hurricane Sandy hit, and impacted many of our Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle and Elementary School families who reside on the Lower East Side. It was a difficult situation, but our students endured.

Our scholars have had to endure a unique set of experiences that has taught them the benefit of resilience and grit when the going gets tough. They have shown such tenacity in getting the most out of their education, regardless of what changes have come their way, and have shown us what resilience looks like in action.

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