Saturday, October 23, 2010

The NFL Brings a New Yard to PS4!

"Wow", gasped Jeffrey P. (class 482) as he recently got a sneak peek of the newly designed yard. On October 19th, nearly 250 boys and girls of PS4 got a visit from N.Y. Giants player Chris Canty from the National Football League (NFL). Mr. Canty and nearly 50 NFL volunteers provided students with opportunities to participate in mini-clinics where they learned how to throw, jump, catch and run with a football. The league has been encouraging kids all over the country to be active for at least 60 minutes each day, through their 'Play 60' campaign. "The kids were so happy", said Principal Delois White-Jones, after facilitating this profound event and shaking the hand of NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell.

The PS4 yard has been painted with a mural designed especially for the students of our school. Detailed with images of the neighborhood, a subway train, musical notes, and Duke Ellington, the blue mural of the yard surrounds a newly painted track with AstroTurf in the center. Each student received a new football and an NFL 'Play 60' t-shirt. Special thanks goes to the United Way and our partner in education, Jon-Paul Dyson of Community League of the Heights, for bringing members of the NFL to our school.