NIA's Newsletter for August 2016
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Dear Friend,

August 2016

New Program Supervisors
The NIA is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Program Supervisors.
Pollari 2    Pruneda 3
Anastasio "Staz" Pollari  (left) is the former program director at IS 281K (the Joseph B. Cavallaro School). Prior to his tenure at IS 281K, Staz, who has been with the NIA for 10 years, served at various NIA sites. Staz attended Brooklyn College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Ian Pruneda is the former program director at IS 98K Bay Academy.  Before he joined the NIA in October 2015, Ian was performing musical theater and teaching voice in the New York/Northeast regions. Ian attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree and recently received a Masters of Music from New York University.

Program Pictures ...
I.S. 443 - New Voices

Celebrating Malala Day at City Hall
IS 443 - Malala Day at City Hall_8 2

IS 443 - Malala Day at City Hall_7 2

On July 12th, the NIA Storming Steppers of I.S. 443 - New Voices were invited by the First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray (left, bottom photo), to celebrate Malala Day at City Hall. The steppers, who won the citywide competition for middle schoolers, performed in the Blue Room for the first lady, and her guests in an intimate setting and were individually given awards for promoting gender equality in their community. Their message of Girl Power has been spread far and wide. The first lady later re-tweeted their performance.

I.S. 104

Trip to "Dave and Busters" in Times Square
Bianca_Humna_Sam_104 2

NIA Program Director at PS/IS 104, Bianca Naco (left), one of her summer camp students, Humna Iqbal (middle) with Sam Russell (top, right) the special activities coordinator for Harmony Services in Brooklyn, and one of the young men he works with (bottom, right). They met at a trip to "Dave and Busters" in Times Square. Sam was very impressed with Humna's effort to make his student feel like he was a member of the NIA group.

P.S. 186

Cook Shop for Students and Families
PS 186 Cook Shop 1   PS 186 Cook Shop 5
PS 186 Cook Shop 2   PS 186 Cook Shop 6
P.S. 229

Let's Dance!
PS 229 Dance

Art Project with Esly
PS 229_Art Pictures_Esly with various Grades_1

Flipping the Books
          PS 229 flip book 3   PS 229 flip book 1

Building the Moon
PS 229 Building the Moon 1   PS 229 Building the Moon 2

P.S. 264 Summer Camp
0h10 M1ke Dazzles Campers
PS 264 1 
The campers at P.S. 264 received a visit from 0h10 M1ke, a visual and digital artist. 0h10 M1ke provides visual backdrops for his electro/funk band Comandante Zero, as well as other dance and musical acts both here in New York City and on tour outside the U.S. At 264, he used a tablet and laptop to project drawings onto our students set to music, and answered their questions about how he does his work.
Shanelle Jenkins Shares Her Musical Talents
Shanelle Jenkins_8-18-2016    PS 264_Student trumpeter

Follwing 0h10 Mike, the campers were treated to a presentation by the NIA's own Shanelle Jenkins (left), the Program Director at P.S. 95. Shanelle is a trumpet player, vocalist, and bandleader. At P.S. 264's summer camp, Shanelle built on her visits from previous summers by playing both jazz and classical selections, answering questions about the different parts of her instrument, and playing musical games.
Building "Mr. Roboto!"
PS 264 Robot 2   PS 264 Robot 1
First grade campers at P.S. 264 making robots with NIA Art Activity Specialist Rhonda Guariniello (standing center, photo left). Students and staff brought in "robot supplies" over two weeks, and their designs saw the light of day!


Green Hats are Tops!
Green Hats 2 (2) 2
Green Hats 1
Author Donna Dondero visited the P.S. 264 summer camp, where she read excerpts from her two books and afterwards had a small Q&A with the children. Those who answered correctly won special green hats and one lucky winner received her own set of autographed books
Around the World with the 264 Campers
PS 264_4_Our trip around the world

Summer Strolls on 3rd Avenue
The NIA participated in the annual Summer Stroll series on Brooklyn's 3rd Avenue. NIA staff manned an information table with giveaways, other staff  did face painting on exuberant visitors!  The Strolls are part of a custom-tailored project based on Summer Streets, the New York Department of Transportation's project that closes streets for everyone to play, walk, dine and enjoy avenue wide cultural activities.  Brooklynites and non-Brooklynites from near and far came and experienced diverse cultural offerings.
   3rd Avenue Summer Stroll_2   3rd Avenue Summer Stroll_33rd Avenue Summer Stroll_1

Family Movie Nights In The Park

Along with Councilman Vincent Gentile, the NIA sponsored Family Movie Nights in the park. Each movie was preceded by face painting, games, ice cream, and other fun stuff. Already screened were the following films:

  • “Inside Out” in Bensonhurst Park
  • “Zootopia” in McKinley Park

Coming up on September 24  is “The Good Dinosaur” in Owl’s Head Park.  The fun stuff starts at 6:00 PM, followed by the movie at sundown.

  Summer Movie night_3  Summer Movie night_2

Summer Movie night_4

NIA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Program
The NIA Domestic Violence Awareness Program, supported by a grant from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden, aims to increase the public’s awareness of the signs of domestic violence, elderly and relationship abuse, and provide available resources for youth, adults, and seniors in need.
New York State
New York City

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center ((212) 523-4728) offers counseling, support groups, and help with claims and referrals regarding stalking, sexual abuse, murder of a family member, robbery, assault, incest, domestic violence, and rape.

... More Program Pictures

I.S. 229

Performing "Beauty and the Beast"
IS 229_end of year show_Beauty and the Beast 2

IS 229_end of year show 1 2

It's Carnival Time!
IS 229 Carnival 1 IS 229 Carnival 2
IS 229 Carnival 3 2

Conjuring Aladdin on Broadway
IS 229_Aladin on Broadway

I.S. 468
Bubble Soccer
IS 468 Bubble soccer_1

IS 468 Bubble soccer_2

Dunking the Dean and Other Carnival Delights
 IS 468_Carnival_Dunk the dean  IS 468_Carnival_field

I.S. 609
 On Broadway with the "Lion King"
IS 609_Lion King 1  IS 609_Lion King 2
I.S. 121

Team Building with Activity Specialist Louis Brevetti
IS 121_Louis Brevetti_Activity Specialist leading a Team Building exercise with 7-8 grade students_3

IS 121_Team building 2  IS 121_Team building 1  IS 121_Team building 3

Making Our Own Pizza at "Two Boots Pizzeria"
IS 121_Two Boots Pizzeria_Making my own pizza
I.S. 239 - Mark Twain (New Site)
Summer Camp

Summer Celebration
IS 239 Summer Camp 

IS 239 Summer Camp_3
I.S. 281 Summer Camp

Fabric Arts with Carolyn
IS 281 Summer Camp_Fabric Arts class_1   IS 281 Summer Camp_Fabric Arts class_2
I.S 227

 Undefeated Girls Basketball Team and
NIA Intramural Camps!!
IS 227_Undefeated girls BB team (2)
P.S. 95

Step and Repeat Eagle Awards
PS 95_Step and Repeat_Eagle Awards_5  PS 95_Step and Repeat_Eagle Awards_3  PS 95_Step and Repeat_Eagle Awards_4
     PS 95_Step and Repeat_Eagle Awards_2
PS 95_Step and Repeat_Eagle Awards_1
P.S. 330Q

Indoor/Outdoor Carnival
PS 330Q_Carnival 1  PS 330Q_Carnival 2

We’re Hiring!
NIA is now accepting applications for positions in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens for this school year. We have a need for a Program Director, Instructors, Activity Specialists, and Group Leaders,  Please email a resume and cover letter to and include the position title in the subject line.
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