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‘Safe Routes’ coming to four Queens schools

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Safer streets are coming soon to four Queens middle and elementary schools.

The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) confirmed it has selected a construction company to make adjustments around the schools to increase safety, as a part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Safe Routes to Schools program.

The safe routes program is a city-wide initiative that seeks to improve safety to city schools with the highest accident rates.

A DDC representative said the $3.3 million improvements will begin by the spring of 2014 around I.S. 77 in Ridgewood, St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Maspeth, St. Joan of Arc School in Jackson Heights and P.S. 108 in South Ozone Park.

The work around the schools will include adding speed bumps, adjustment of streetlights and traffic signals, ramps to the sidewalks, work to improve the curbs for pedestrians, placement of bus pads in the streets and infrastructure and utility work.

These four schools are on DOT’s list of 135 priority schools for traffic safety improvements, which was originally created in 2003 by the city agency. Overall, there are 33 priority Queens schools on the list that are slated to see the improvements.

The work on the four schools is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.





Book drive to help students affected by Sandy

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


What started as a class project for Melissa Levin’s second graders at P.S. 108 soon escalated into a community service effort.

The destruction of homes during Sandy also meant the loss of books for many children, including two of the school’s own students. The kids of Levin’s class want to help.

A book drive will be held from March 4 to March 8 at the school. It is a collaboration of teachers, school officials, parents, and, of course, the second grade students. They are collecting boxes, hanging posters, and handing out flyers to the community to raise awareness.

The school is asking for any genre of children books ranging from pre-k to fifth grade reading levels.

“Any book, new or old,” Levin said, is accepted.

Books can be dropped off at the school, at 108-10 109th Avenue in Ozone Park. Several drop boxes will be located throughout the school where teachers, parents and students will be posted to receive them.

The donated books will be distributed to several other elementary schools whose students were also victims of Sandy.
Second grader Sophia Sookram said children cannot practice their reading at home since they lost all their books.

“With your help, kids will have a story to read every night,” she said.

Specific times for drop offs are: Monday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 6 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.