You are reading

Many Jackson Heights/Elmhurst Children to Get Extra Funds for College

Photo: Courtesy of NYC Kids Rise

April 20, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

Public school students who are from among the hardest hit areas by the pandemic will get a bit of financial help in fulfilling their college dreams.

More than 1,900 kindergarten-to-third grade students from five schools in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona will split a $70,000 contribution to their college savings accounts from NYC Kids Rise and the MetLife Foundation.

The students are among the more than 13,000 children in Queens School District 30, who have college savings accounts that were established through the NYC Kids RISE “Save for College” program, which was created in 2017. An estimated $6 million has been contributed to their college funds, the organization says.

The latest $70,000 donation will equate to about $37 per student at the five schools. The eligible students attend East Elmhurst Community School (P.S. 329), The Ruby G. Allen School (P.S. 148) in East Elmhurst, The Christa McAuliffe School (P.S. 149) and P.S. 280 in Jackson Heights, and The Harry T. Stewart Sr. School (P.S. 92) in Corona.

The contribution will also come with some advice for many of the students. Several MetLife employees will offer third graders virtual “College and Career Sessions,” as a means to help them map out their future.

“The financial contribution from the MetLife Foundation, coupled with their participation in virtual college and career sessions, both help to demonstrate the ways in which local institutions can become part of an ecosystem of support around our students and their families,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm in a statement.

Meanwhile, Council Member Francisco Moya said the funds come at a time when many parents are in need.

“This is how we support a community that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Moya said.

Rachel Staroba-Hallenbeck, principal at P.S. 329 in East Elmhurst, calls the program “another tool” to help create a brighter future for the students in the district.

“Far too many children in our community grow up thinking that college and higher education just isn’t in the cards for them,” Staroba-Hallenbeck said. “The NYC Kids RISE community is doing important work to change that by helping to shift the conversation around who is able to save for college, excel in school, and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

South Richmond Hill man busted for allegedly groping woman on board bus near Forest Park: NYPD

A South Richmond Hill man was arrested on Monday and booked at the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill for groping a woman on a bus near the eastern edge of Forest Park earlier this month.

Edwin Guzman, 38, of 112th Street, is accused of approaching a 26-year-old victim who was on board an MTA Q37 bus near the intersection of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue on the morning of Wednesday, May 1.

Mayor announces new 9/11 memorial will be built in Whitestone to honor fallen service members from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts

Queens will be home to the city’s new memorial dedicated to the 99 service members from the borough who lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the events of 9/11, Mayor Eric Adams announced during a Fleet Week kickoff reception at City Hall on Thursday morning.

The borough of Queens was chosen because it is home to the largest number of post-9/11 service members who were killed in action during those conflicts. Queens is also home to the highest population of living veterans than any other borough.

Two men sentenced to life imprisonment in murder-for-hire of perceived business rival at Flushing karaoke club

The president of a Manhattan-based construction company and a California man were sentenced to life in prison in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday for orchestrating the murder of a businessman at a Flushing karaoke bar in 2019.

Qing Ming “Allen” Yu, 55, of Oyster Bay, and Zhe “Zack” Zhang, 35, of Arcadia, Calif., were convicted by a federal jury in October following a two-week trial for the contract killing of 31-year-old Xin “Chris” Gu, who worked at Yu’s company before becoming his business rival. The jury found the defendants guilty of murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire conspiracy for hiring a hitman to gun the victim down outside the Grand Slam KTV bar on Fowler Avenue

Cheering CUNY’s Class of ’24 for perseverance, talent and grit

May. 23, 2024 By Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

CUNY’s impact on New York is never more visible than during commencement season, when we celebrate the achievements of some 50,000 students who earn degrees at our 25 campuses each year. Behind each one of those graduates is a story of aspiration and perseverance, and together they tell the interconnected story of CUNY and New York.