Run for our schools! (and plan for their diversity, too) on Sat May 12th
Wed, Apr 25 10:55am
PS 372 -The Children's School

Dear Friend, 




This spring brings two important events to support our schools: The 2018 Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run (our 11th annual run) and the Department of Education’s third District 15 Diversity Plan Public Workshop. And on the same day, no less: Saturday, May 12th(but at least at different times). I hope you will join me for both!   

It has become a local rite of spring in our community to gather hundreds of parents, teachers, students and supporters for our annual Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run for Public Schools which will be held this year on Saturday, May 12th in Prospect Park.     

Last year, over 50 public schools took part. Even though we were drenched by rain, we raised over $17,000. The Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run stands out because we raise money for our public schools collectively and equitably. We do it together, across lines of race, class, and neighborhood. And we use a formula that makes sure the schools with the most need get the most money.

It’s a great event every year, students & parents & teachers & friends together, as we run, walk, stroll, or scoot our way around the park to support our schools. You don’t want to miss it!

Registration is underway right now:

Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run for Public Schools
Saturday, May 12th, Prospect Park, Bartel-Pritchard Parking Lot
8:45 AM, number pickup, pre-race activities begin
10:00 AM, race starts
Sign up now
Questions, please email:

Participants pay a registration fee ($20/individual, $5 for each additional family member up to 5) and may raise additional money through sponsors.

You can also get your PTA involved by committing to being a race captain. Recruit at least 20 participants from your school community (and supporters) to register as a team to share in a portion of the funds raised. Your school can also earn extra credit towards a share of the funds by providing volunteers on event day.  

Collaboration happens behind the scenes as well. We hope you will join us in thanking our partners. Thanks to the Brooklyn PTAs, PS 107 PTA (the event fiscal sponsor), fellow Brooklyn elected officials, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, NYS Assemblymember Robert C. Carroll, and City Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Stephen Levin, and Carlos Menchaca. And an equally big thank you to our financial sponsors, New York Methodist Hospital, and Smorgasburg: Brooklyn’s World-Famous Food Market. Finally, deep appreciation to Prospect Park for the beautiful venue.

Following the Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run, I hope you will join me and other District 15 community members at the third workshop for the District 15 Middle School Diversity plan.

District 15 Middle School Diversity Plan – Public Workshop #3
Saturday, May 12, 2018
12:00-4:00 PM, Open-house format
Red Hook East/Joseph Miccio Community Center
110 West 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
For more information:

This spring, we are working to confront segregation in our local District 15 middle schools -- and develop a plan together for diverse & inclusive schools for all our kids. The first two workshops have been, in my opinion, among the best conversations I’ve ever been part of about race, education, segregation, and what we want for our kids (if you weren’t able to attend, you can get the materials from those meetings at

This third workshop of the process will be an open-house style event for D15 community members to provide feedback on proposed middle school reforms designed to create more equitable opportunities for students and create inclusive learning environments. You can stop by anytime during the hours to provide your thoughts for creating more integrated middle schools in District 15 (and it’s fine if you’re still in your running clothes from the Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run :-).

I hope to see you at both of these events. They are different in style & venue, but deeply aligned in values. And both worth your time.


P.S.  One other great event comes our way on April 29thKids Rock for Kids is hosting a benefit show with all net proceeds going to CHIPS food pantry and Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO)Come enjoy great music from student musicians while benefiting local and global charities. Kids Rock for Kids 2018 Benefit ShowApril 29th, 2:30pm doors / 3pm show, Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn.


Council Member Brad Lander
456 5th Avenue
Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States

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