Opening ceremony held for new school in Ozone Park


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Queens Explorer’s Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 2 to formally celebrate the opening of the new campus. The school, which is also known as P.S. 316 and located at 90-07 101st Ave., opened up for its first school year in September.

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Queens HS student wins US Congressional Award Gold Medal


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Photo courtesy of the Garden School

Astoria resident Julia McKenna, a senior at the Garden School in Jackson Heights, was one of 13 New York State students to win the 2014 US Congressional Award Gold Medal.

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Astoria 8-year-old wins young inventor award for monster toy line


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Photos courtesy of Black family

Lyla Black is the founder of Lyla Tov Monsters – plushy, handmade toys that are the “guardians of a good night’s sleep” – and on Nov. 21 she was awarded the Young Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Toy & Game Inventor Awards in Chicago, Illinois.

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DOT launches annual ‘Bike to School’ competition


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Photo courtesy of East-West School of International Studies

The wheels have started to go round in this year’s Department of Transportation competition aiming to inspire safe bicycling and active transportation alternatives in students throughout the city.

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‘Thank you and God bless you for your unimaginable courage’: Veterans Day essay winner


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Photo courtesy of Kezia Dickson

Kezia Dickson, an eighth-grader at I.S. 61, won the inaugural Veterans Day essay competition for students in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

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Cambria Heights author releases second book for kids


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THE COURIER/Photo by Asha Mahadevan

Roslyn C. Thorpe, the Cambria Heights-based author of “RayRay’s Amazing Dream” (2012), is ready with her second book, called “Danny the New Kid in School.” As the title reveals, it tells the story of Danny as he faces setbacks and stares from other students in fifth grade. He then befriends Timmy and, together, they overcome the challenges of school.

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Astoria teacher raises funds to build vegetable garden in classroom


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Photo by Marlena Nadler

Students at one Astoria school will be planting the seeds for healthier eating.

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Flushing, Bayside schools bag Blue Ribbon


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The National Blue Ribbon Schools program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon school status to two schools in Queens – PS 205 Alexander Graham Bell School in Bayside and Queens College School for Math, Science and Technology in Flushing.

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