School Desk

Diaz gives $20M toward education


Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. has earmarked more than $20 million in educational funding for 87 projects in schools across the Bronx. It is part of his 2018 fiscal year funding, according to a release.

Some of the projects supported through Diaz include computers, library renovations and technology upgrades.

In the northwest Bronx schools, support includes $100,000 for printers, scanners and computers at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil, $40,000 for P.S. 307 Luisa Pineiro Fuentes School of Science and Discovery for MacBooks, and $52,000 to P.S. 360 for interactive white boards.

Mount prez signs climate change letter to Trump

College of Mount Saint Vincent president Charles Flynn Jr. joined with leaders of more than 150 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations and health care providers in signing a letter to President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress in support of climate change science, funding of the topic and international policy negotiations, announced the school in a release.

The letter calls on Trump and Congress to fund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Additionally, the letter asks the President and Congress to take part in meaningful conversations with the United Nations and honor the nation’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund, stated the release.
Catholic Climate Covenant, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., organized the letter, according to the Mount. 

Lehman library dumps paper books

Lehman College recently held its first ever “Human Library” event where students and other volunteers shared their life experiences serving as “books.”
Instead of learning about a subject by reading a paper text, readers sat down to discuss topics with an actual person.

Some of the “books” featured included “Older Latin Gay Male,” a story about discrimination, and “Life with DACA,” where a reader learned about the limited opportunities of someone who is living as an undocumented resident.

The goal was to foster in-depth conversations, as well as sharing awareness of the struggles of others and their hardships.

This is the first time a human book library has taken place in the New York City area, according to a release. The project’s concept was developed nearly 20 years ago in Denmark.