We did it! We are so excited that MS 8 was one of 6 winning projects in NYC City Council Member Steve Levin’s 2017 District 33 Participatory Budget vote! What began as a parent request led by Nan Richardson 5 years ago turned in a PB voting project spearheaded by Alison Clarke. Because MS 8 is co-located with other schools in the Westinghouse building, the MS 8 floor wasn’t equipped with lockers. This is a project that benefits each student at MS 8. Parent volunteers worked tirelessly to help ensure lockers were on the ballot and then spread the word about the vote. Even students got involved, both handing out fliers at the Borough Hall farmers market and, if they were 14 years or older, casting their own vote! “I was real happy to vote for lockers for my old school,” exclaimed MS 8 grad Isabelle Karsh. “Three years of carrying heavy packs 8 hours a day (up four flights, too) was more than any kid should handle.”
“This was a profound exercise in democracy of all the parents involved,” stated MS 8 parent Nan Richardson. “It drew involvement from many in our community who had never been engaged in a political initiative before, so was a great teaching exercise in how to get something done by working as a team.” Special thanks to core members of that team — Nan Richardson, Alison Clarke, Jen Little, Sasha Griffing, Emy Gargiulo, Rhonda Lindle, Ansley Samson and Doug and Kim Glickman. And thank you to all the parents, students and community members who took the time to vote! We will keep you posted on the timing for getting these lockers installed.