As the budget ax continues to fall on our neighborhood schools, PS 132 has managed to maintain and even expand its highly regarded arts programs thanks to some creative fundraising. On Tuesday, March 19th, their PTA hosted the school’s annual Spring Gala at Brooklyn Brewery. The event, which drew approximately 350 people, will support two residency programs, TADA, which focuses on theater and dance, and the recently introduced Reforming Art Space.
To help achieve their fundraising goal of $50,000, the PTA organized a silent auction of items donated by parents and local businesses, as well as a classroom project donated by each class. “It’s an amazing community to draw upon, talent wise,” said PTA President Kristen Zarcadoolas, who oversaw the planning, but credited many others, notably Tara Sansone and Krista Martell.
“The kids are ultimately the motivation [for all the extra work], along with the fact that the DOE is cutting the budget every five minutes,” Zarcadoolas added. “We also have so many wonderful, loving teachers that we want to support any way we can.”
Principal Beth Lubeck was equally complimentary about her PTA. “The parents of PS 132 are absolutely awesome,” she said. “It’s because of them that we’re the Shining Star of Williamsburg.”
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