After 35 years promoting concerts, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz knows a thing or two about the importance quality sound and lighting play in putting on a great performance. As his term reaches its end, he passed on that experience to PS 196, funding a new sound system and lighting for the school auditorium, turning it into a theater for the kids.
On Monday, December 16th, the school said ‘thank you’ at a dedication ceremony for the new facility, the Angelina Segando Theater.
Segando, who passed away last month, was the first of three generations associated with the Bushwick Avenue home of PS 196. She graduated in 1940 when the building was an all-girls Junior High School. Later her daughter Marie Buono became a teacher, first at PS 110, and then at 196, where she eventually rose to the Principal’s office. Marie’s daughter Monica is now a teacher at Middle School 582, which is co-located in the building with PS 196.
The school completed the dedication by unveiling Segando’s 1940 class photo, which will remain on the wall of the Angelina Segando Theater.
“Angelina was dedicated to kids and quality education,” Markowitz said. He also offered the students some advice. “Believe in yourselves,” he said. “Even when we had no money [growing up in public housing], we believed in ourselves.”
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