Brighter Choice


Principal Fabayo McIntosh-Gordon grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and knew early on that she wanted to make a difference in her community. She founded Brighter Choice Community School in 2008 to establish a "learning community where education is embedded in meaningful, real-world contexts and children are deliberately taught to see the connections between school and the world.” Change for Kids is proud to be a partner of Brighter Choice Community School—a school that has been described as a “wonderful oasis” for students.

For more information, contact Director of Development Rahul Brahmbhatt at

Quick Facts: 

Principal: Fabayo McIntosh-Gordon

Lead Sponsor: Open

Student Population: 289

93% receive free or reduced-price lunch

75% of children in the community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students

Bubble EATS: Nutrition education and programming for students, teachers, and parents

Bubble GROW: Students learn the science behind how food grows by participating in indoor and outdoor gardening activities

Chess: Teaching students the basics of this powerful game

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to maintain and develop the relationship with the leadership team, parents, community members, program partners and volunteers

Principal Network: Opportunities for collaboration and learning with other CFK partner school principals

Volunteer Support

Build-a-Book Day: The school's youngest readers and their parents make their very own, personalized ABC books

Parent Workshops: Held throughout the year to support parent engagement and education

Career Day: Introduces students to new educational and professional experiences so they can chart a path to their futures

Family Field Day: Fun games, dancing, and sports help kickstart healthy habits for our students and their families

Family Fun Nights: Organized around a theme, these evenings bring parents and children together to learn and have fun

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December