School Desk

RKA is sleighing it all December


When it comes to walking in a winter wonderland, the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy has got you covered.

On Dec. 11, students will use their voices to carol at their annual winter arts festival taking place at the school, located at 660 W. 237th St. On Dec. 13, the celebration continues at 7 p.m., with an instrumental performance.

Before they head out for winter break on Dec. 21, students will don their most hideous Christmas sweater for RKA’s “Ugly Sweater Day.”


School makes adult moves through CTE

The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions welcomed 47 new career and technical education programs this year as one of 135 schools to benefit from the city’s $113 million investment in the Career Technical Education program.

CTE provides both academic and technical courses that focus on career-based skills students can use in the future. The program also offers internships and real-life experience.

“We set out to create more programs to train our students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, in a release.

Some of the courses in the CTE program include agriculture, architecture, construction, business, management education, government and public administration, health science and hospitality and tourism. Today the program reaches more than 64,000 students in New York City, officials said.

Marie Curie is located at 120 W. 231st St.


Charter school wants to seat students

Like Uncle Sam, The International Leadership Charter High School wants you. Well, in an academic sense, especially those who are in ninth and 10th grades.

As one of the borough’s first charter schools, operating at 3030 Riverdale Ave., for a little more than a decade, it was ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City, received accolades from the U.S. News and World Report best high schools list for four consecutive years.

This year, however, the charter school is in need of filling their remaining seats.

Details are available by contacting Edilis Gonzalez at, or at (718) 562-2300, Ext. 404.


Administrators walk for foundation

Hunter College president Jennifer Raab of Riverdale is going the extra mile for her students — 26.2 miles to be exact.

Raab walked with her students dean Eija Ayravainan to raise money for the Hunter College Foundation at the Nov. 4 New York City Marathon.

Money raised by Raab and Ayravainan included $26,200 donated by a Hunter alum.


Rowe Scholarship opens roads to college

Maria Bonilla is getting some help going to college, thanks to the Young Adult Borough Center’s Rowe Scholarship program.

The Van Cortlandt Avenue student attends Gramercy Art High School where she hopes to use her scholarship to attend Williams College in Massachusetts. Bonilla wants to pursue an art degree.

The Rowe Scholarship program prepares students for college, providing resources and funding.


Lehman, PepsiCo
partnership pops out

There’s a new business relationship bubbling between Lehman College and PepsiCo. The two have joined to provide career and learning opportunities for Lehman and underserved students.

The partnership allows students the chance to network with business professionals and attend trips to the PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase. PepsiCo also will join the public college’s career fair next March and work with Lehman’s economic and business department.