Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz issued a Proclamation on
June 2, 2011 naming June Runners Month in Brooklyn.
Students from Mrs. Balfour’s third grade class accepted a Proclamation
at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The Borough President also acknowledged TBBS parents, Tabitha
Washington and Xiomara Smith-Romain, during the ceremony for their
The Brooklyn Brownstone School is committed to empowering tomorrow’s community advocates to become catalyst of change in their environments, through service learning. Students will learn to be independent critical thinkers and to work productively within a diverse group of learners to improve their community, through academic excellence.
In collaboration with families and community partners, we provide students with authentic learning experiences where they develop skills as scholars, advocates, artists, community and environmental stewards. We prepare students to meet and/or exceed New York State Standards so they may enter and succeed in the high school and post secondary schools of their choice.
The Brooklyn Brownstone School was founded by parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant who believe that a high-quality education centered on community and environmental advocacy can successfully strengthen individual families and restore our local and world community. After years of planning and envisioning, the SHPA members submitted an application to the Department of Education Office of Portfolio Development to open a new small school. Our planning team included as partners the Stuyvesant Heights Parent’s Association, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Children for Children. Following a highly competitive process, school status was awarded in February 2008. The Brooklyn Brownstone School opened in 2008, serving students Pre- Kindergarten through 1st grade. Our school will add one grade per year until we are a Pre-K-5 institution.
The Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association (SHPA)
The SHPA is on a mission to make Bedford-Stuyvesant a friendlier place for families. In addition to developing TBBS, our service to the neighborhood has included adopting the Fulton East Playground, creating local play spaces and opportunities for families to convene; and hosting an annual Halloween Haunted House Tour attended by hundreds. In addition our members have successfully brought much needed programming for young children to the area including Music for Aardvarks, Music Together, and story time at Brownstone Books. Our efforts have been enhanced by partnerships with the Bedford YMCA, the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Target Corporation and Red Clay Arts.
For the 2008-2009 school year the SHPA has committed to raising $150,000 for enrichment programs at the Brooklyn Brownstone School. This funding will help establish the school’s Parents Association, supplement staffing, beautify classrooms, and provide daily art and music instruction.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
As the nation’s first museum for children, BCM has a wonderful history of engaging children in in-depth study and exploration of our natural and physical environment. BCM will complement our Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and Arts curriculum with traveling exhibits, resource kits, teacher guides and classroom visits.
Children for Children
“Everyone Can Be Great Because Everyone Can Serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Children for Children’s service-learning model is an integral part of our school’s curriculum. Our students will participate in hands-on volunteering and giving programs that instill the value of community involvement and civic engagement. Our students will Grow Involved TM with Children for Children Classroom Kits, Healthy Communities Initiative and other programs that motivate children to think critically about the world around them, solve problems, develop leadership and share their knowledge.