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P.S. 207 controversy

To The Editor:

I am a proud parent of two students of PS 207.

I think it would be only fair to respond to a letter that was published in your 9-11 paper regarding PS 207. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I felt the need to contact you and give you some valid information about PS 207.

On the day this letter was published our school was draped in red, white and blue to honor the victims of September 11. On the first day of classes our school was decorated with balloons representing our school colors and welcome back banners for our students.

The author of the negative article describes our school as dump and this is hurtful to the parents and especially our children. If there are garbage issues, the author should address the Department of Sanitation as many of our parents and principal have done in the past.

The custodial staff keeps the garbage on the side of the school for pick up. We have painted our handball courts when it was vandalized by graffiti. We have a touching tribute to September 11 victims in front of our school. How come the reader does not mention this? I am sorry that the reader is angry at our school for things out of our control. Some people are not meant to live on the same block as a school and I am sure the author recognized the large beautiful building that was there when he purchased his home. Some people feel the beautiful smiles of our students is a reason to live near our school. To see young children play in their school yard is a joy to watch.

I am sorry the reader feels this way about our school and our children. The PTA and our beloved principal work hard to keep our school looking beautiful. Maybe, the author would like to write an editorial to our mayor and the chancellor encouraging them to give us more funding. How would the author feel if his child attended this school? How would he feel if someone called his children's home away from home a dump?

I just want everyone in the community to know that PS 207 is a fabulous school and I am honored to be a part of their school community.

“A Proud Parent”

From Public School 207

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