P.S. 81

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

At P.S. 81 the motto is "Team Work Makes the Dream Work.” Once you meet any one of the school’s dedicated teachers, students, parents or staff, you’ll understand why. With the majority of the school's 320 students living in housing projects or homeless shelters and new students arriving every day, the team at P.S. 81 regularly goes above and beyond to help each child reach their potential. We are thrilled to be a part of the team which makes the P.S. 81 dream work.

For more information, contact Director of Development Rahul Brahmbhatt at rahul@changeforkids.org.

Quick Facts: 

Principal: Cheryl Ault-Barker

Lead Sponsor: HarperCollins Publishers

Student Population: 308

92% receive free or reduced-price lunch

5 public shelters surround the school

75% of children in the community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Museum Arts Residency: Arts instruction and experiences for kindergarten and first grades through our partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts

FAN4Kids: Fitness and nutrition classes for the entire third and fourth grades, plus guided recess for all grades

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

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

Chess: Students learn the basics of this powerful game

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

Bubble GROW: Students from PreK to fifth grade learn the science behind how food grows by participating in indoor and outdoor gardening activities

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

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

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

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

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

Hackley Partnership: Volunteers from Hackley School donate their time and skills to run arts and sports clinics for students

Graduating to Greatness: Etiquette and hygiene class for fifth grade graduates to help prepare them for middle school

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December

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