New York Power Authority,
Assembly Member Gianaris Help a Literacy Garden Grow at Astoria's P.S.
April Miller, Office of Assemblyman Gianaris
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
today (Monday) contributed $2,000 for the construction of a “literacy
garden” at P.S. 84, an elementary school in Astoria. Assembly Member
Michael N. Gianaris requested the funds from NYPA on behalf of P.S. 84.
“Helping to make the environment a better place is
a commitment the Power Authority shares with the students, families,
teachers, administrators and local residents in the P.S. 84 community,”
said Joseph Leary, director, Public and Governmental Affairs, NYPA, at a
Monday afternoon event to mark the donation. “P.S. 84 should be
applauded for taking so seriously its responsibility to improve the
learning environment through the literacy garden, just like the Power
Authority takes its responsibility to improve air quality seriously
through initiatives including our new Astoria facility, which will be
among the cleanest power plants in New York City.”
"I wish there had
been a literacy garden when I attended P.S. 84," said Assembly Member
Gianaris. "The garden will help beautify the school and the neighborhood
and provide students with a better learning experience by giving them a
more exciting school environment in which to learn, and make their
school experience a better one."
“We are sincerely thankful to Assembly Member
Michael Gianaris and the New York Power Authority for getting this
project beyond the planning stage. Having graduated from this school
himself, its wonderful to see the pride that Assemblyman Gianaris and so
many other community members including the New York Power Authority have
for this great school,” said Tony Loverso, assistant principal, The
Steinway School, P.S. 84.
The literacy garden will expand the school’s
teaching venues by adding at least one outdoor classroom. Students and
teachers will use the literacy garden for a wide variety of activities
including read-aloud story time, and scientific exploration and
observation. The garden will be larger than many of the 103 year-old
classrooms at P.S. 84. This will give students the opportunity to
spread out with their materials during instructional time.
By using some of the planting materials commonly
used when the P.S. 84 school building was constructed, the literacy
garden will pay homage to the character of the building. Also,
architectural landscaping techniques will be subtly incorporated into
the existing topography to further enhance the beauty of this landmark
The Power Authority funds will pay for all
materials while all work will be done, at no cost, through the volunteer
efforts of the community, parents, students, and the school’s teachers
■The New York Power Authority is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 17 generating plants in
various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
transmission lines. ■ NYPA uses no tax money and incurs no state debt.
It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue
from proceeds of its operations, which stems largely from the sale of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new
energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.