P.S. 277

Mott Haven

Located in the neighborhood of Mott Haven in the South Bronx, P.S. 277’s mission is to provide an inclusive learning environment that inspires academic excellence and promotes self-confidence and independence. Change for Kids is proud to support P.S. 277 in pursuit of its vision to “nourish, strengthen and empower the character, mind and voice of our children in order to cultivate future leaders and thinkers in our school, in our community, and in our world. Together, we will build a sense of social responsibility, self-efficacy, and self-confidence in order to prepare for college and future careers.”

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

Quick Facts 

Principal: Natasha Bracey Ferguson

Lead Sponsor: Open

Population: 474

88% of Mott Haven children are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

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

Early Childhood Music: Music fundamentals, plus skill-based vocal and instrumental instruction provided by Third Street Music School Settlement for all students in PreK and kindergarten

New York Historical Society: Social studies curriculum that builds fourth grade students' critical thinking skills by examining, analyzing and discussing replicas of artifacts, works of arts, and maps

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

Urban Golf: Golf lessons for students that integrate physical, social, cultural and academic concepts

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 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

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