School Highlights

Toys for Tots

IMG_8110In December, P.S./I.S. 78Q Student Council coordinated a community service project at school with Toys For Tots. Toys for Tots is an initiative designed to collect and distribute toys to underprivileged children in our city. The children collected new and unwrapped toys donated from the families and children of P.S./I.S. 78Q. Students and families were encouraged to deposit all donations in boxes located in the lobby of each school building.

“It is an important teachable moment for children, when they are able to think of ways to help others. I hope this Holiday Season brings happiness to all families in our city.” said Mr. Louis Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q. The program was a success and they collected over 10 large bags of new toys for children in need. Way to go P.S./I.S. 78Q School Community!IMG_8109


Groundbreaking with Mayor Bill de Blasio

On Monday, November 23, 2015, Mr. Pavone and the student council of P.S./I.S. 78Q joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the an affordable housing development and expansion of Hunters Point Park South phase II in Long Island City, which will include a kayak launch, a platform overlooking the East River, playgrounds, basketball courts and a dog run, officials said this week.

Mr. Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q said, “It will add to an already great community filled with beautiful parks for children of all ages to enjoy.”

Work on the park will start in late summer or early fall, according to officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

The park will be expanded to run along the East River and Newtown Creek south of 54th Avenue, and will feature a 40-foot wide overlook that’s elevated 35 feet above the water and offers a “dramatic vista and will feature lawns and a play area for toddlers,” according to the plans.

The park is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, officials said.

New Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

280 - 2015-09-18 10-02-18 - Canon EOS REBEL T5iOn Friday, September 18, 2015 the Department of Education and School Construction held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new playground in front of the P.S./I.S. 78Q Early Childhood Center building. The playground will be open to P.S./I.S. 78Q grades Pre-K-1st grade students during school hours.  None of this would have been possible without the creativity, enthusiasm and determination of many – “A great public school got even greater today because we now have a playground for our children!” said Mr. Louis Pavone, Principal.

Invited guests included: New York State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Superintendent Dr. Philip A. Composto, Lorraine Grillo President /CEO School Construction Authority, CEC 30 members, PTA and Student Council.

The playground opening marks an exciting time for our school community, children and all the hard work that went into making it a reality.