A Maspeth elementary school is paying tribute to a trailblazer.
Public School 290 has been renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus in honor of the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term U.S. congressmember. She passed away in 2011. The A.C.E. Academy for Scholars will open on the new campus in September of next year. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Assemblymember Catherine Nolan announced the move.
P.S. 290 Assistant Principal Shawn Porter said A.C.E. is an acronym for the school’s core values of accountability, courage and excellence,
“We’re happy to honor a trailblazer and also reflect our community and values,” Porter said.
“I am thrilled to announce the name of this new campus after a congresswoman who continues to be an inspiration to youngsters around the country,” Walcott said.
Walcott added that Ferraro, a former teacher, will inspire youth interested in public service.
“I could think of no other person more fitting to have a school named in their honor,” Nolan said. “Geraldine
Ferraro was a great role model to me and countless other women in politics, a champion for our community, city and state.”
Porter said students’ families participated in the renaming process.