Families and staff at Crown Heights charter school welcome start of new school year

Students lined up outside the K-4 charter school in Crown Heights as their teachers and staff greeted them.

Julio Avila and

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2023, 9:44 PM

Updated 266 days ago

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Children, their parents and staff at KIPP AMP Elementary School were eager to start the new school year on Monday.
They lined up outside the K-4 charter school in Crown Heights as their teachers and staff greeted them, sharing some encouraging and excited words about the upcoming school year. 
"Ever teacher here encouraged me to be the best I am," A student named Maurice said. "Without (being) here, I wouldn't make it."
Dozens of parents were also looking forward to the new school year, accompanying their children to the front door and sharing with News 12 their excitement about getting their kids back in the classroom at KIPP. 
"They were ready" parent Leisha Russell said. "This morning, we got up bright and early at 6 a.m., they were so excited, they were looking forward to seeing their friends, seeing their teachers."
Students shared hugs and smiles as they waited to walk inside and start their lessons. Principal Tarell Hoskey was one of the staff members greeting the students a week before most school principals across New York City will.
This is his third year as principal. He said he does not want to just focus on the academic curriculum but also on social and emotional learning.
"It's a new year, it's a fresh start, it's a new canvas," Hoskey said. "Make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities that you have at your exposure, and make school what you want it to be."
The rest of New York City's public schools start Thursday, Sept. 7.


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