MEDIA ALERT: CHILDREN PROTEST AFTER-SCHOOL CUTS ON WED., MAY 9

BROOKLYN GRADE-SCHOOLERS TAKE TO STREETS TO PROTEST END TO THEIR AFTER-SCHOOL

What: Many of the 400 Flatbush, Brooklyn, elementary school children who will lose after-school programs next year are taking to the streets to protest the Mayor’s proposed FY 2013 budget.

Armed with signs and chants, the children’s march will follow a block-square route from P.S. 139, one of the schools slated to lose its entire after-school program.

When:  Wednesday, May 9, 2012

                4 pm – 5 pm

Where: P.S. 139

                330 Rugby Road (between Cortelyou and Beverley Roads)

                Flatbush, Brooklyn

                  The march begins at the school. Children will walk one block north to Beverley Road, one block west to Argyle Road, north to Cortelyou Road. They will stop on Cortelyou, between Argyle and Rugby, for a short rally.

Why:    These children will be among the nearly 25,000 New York City children who will lose their after-school, school-break and summer programs under Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to New York City’s Out-of-School-Time (OST) funding and other after-school programs. CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based multiservice nonprofit, operates the P.S. 139 after-school program.

Their demonstration is part of Campaign for Children’s citywide Lights OFF After-School effort to raise awareness of the devastating impact of the planned cuts to youth programs.

In Brooklyn, home to more than a half-million children, almost half of the current 153 Out-of-School-Time programs are facing the budget ax – leaving only 77 programs to serve the borough’s students.

VISUALS:  Elementary school children with handmade signs will be chanting and marching. Parents, teachers and after-school instructors march alongside them.             ###