Grant Avenue

Morrisania, Bronx

From the start of her career in education, Principal Kristin Erat knew that “once we had established a safe and trusting environment and celebrated student strengths – the sky was the limit for my students.” As the founding principal at Grant Avenue Elementary, she has put that philosophy into action, empowering a student population in need. In the community around Grant Avenue, a third of children come from families who live on less than $15,000 a year; at the school, the overwhelming majority receive free or reduced lunch. We are proud to help Grant Avenue Elementary achieve their goals of academic excellence, maintaining a strong and supportive school culture, and engaging families as partners in education. In the words of Principal Erat, “Our students are inspiring and so is Change for Kids; we are so excited about the tremendously positive impact this partnership will have on student learning in our school community.”

Quick Facts 

Principal: Kristin Erat

CFK Partner School since: 2015

Lead Sponsor: Bechtolsheimer Family

Student Enrollment: 446

86% of students identified as being in economic need*

* Economic Need Index is an estimate of the percentage of students at a school facing economic hardship
based on temporary housing, eligibility for public housing, and Census tract poverty rates. (NYC DOE)

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

University Partnership: Providing after-school homework help and math assistance

Explore NY: Introducing our students to new educational and professional experiences.

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

Academic Enrichment Partnerships

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students and their families in the third through fourth grades

Salvadori Center: STEM-based programming for fourth grade students that teaches the relevance of math and science using the buildings, bridges, landmarks, and parks in their local communities

Community Engagement

School Beautification: 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

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

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

Payless ShoeSource is providing a pair of shoes to each student