P.S. 160

Jamaica, Queens

Since August 2000, Change for Kids has been committed to helping P.S. 160 fulfill its motto: "Where Futures Begin." What started with school supplies for kindergarten students has grown to literacy programs and exposure to cultural experiences for the entire student body – experiences that further the school's mission of creating “a learning environment that nurtures the greatest level of student achievement, builds self-esteem, and champions the value of education.”

For more information, contact Executive Director Karen Epstein at kepstein@changeforkids.org.

Quick Facts 

Principal: Tiffany Hicks

Lead Sponsor: Himan Brown Charitable Trust

Student Population: 676

73% of children in the community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

CityParks Learning Gardens: Garden-based learning for students in the second grade

Museum Residency: Arts instruction and experiences for the fourth and fifth grade through our partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts

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

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students in the second and third grades

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to develop and maintain relationships 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

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

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

Reading Buddies: Volunteers guest read aloud to students and help them use their imaginations

School Beautification Day: Transforming the halls and classrooms by painting bright and engaging murals, organizing and cleaning teaching resources, and making the school an even more engaging place to learn

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December