BFS Snags $5000 LEGO Grant

The Aquarium Team

Brooklyn Free School (BFS) is proud to announce the winning of a $5000 grant from the LEGO Children’s Fund. This project was the brainchild of a BFS student who wanted to create a science center. The award will be used for an Aquarium Project that will focus on the study of coral reefs and other aquatic life. With the funds received from the grant, BFS will be able to buy both a salt water and fresh water observation tank, each 65 gallons in size. The students will be involved in selecting coral, live rock, plants, fish, and other marine life, and in maintaining these tanks. For the advanced studies program the funds will cover a microscope, computer, and a science table for dissections.

The LEGO Group is committed to helping children develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play. The LEGO Children’s Fund extends this commitment to local and national organizations that support innovative projects and programming to cultivate and celebrate a child’s exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving in all forms. The goal is to prepare the next generation — the builders of tomorrow — for a lifetime of creative learning and innovative thinking.

BFS is a grassroots movement formed in the early fall of 2003, offering a true educational alternative to the traditional orthodoxy of education now dominant in most public and private schools in New York City. The community is composed entirely of parents, students, educators and others who believe that freedom and democracy are not just textbook concepts, but a way of living and learning — for our children as well as ourselves. BFS is dedicated to the belief that all students must be free to develop naturally as human beings in a non-coercive educational environment where they are empowered to make decisions affecting their everyday lives and that of their community.

In January 2010, the school acquired its own building at 372 Clinton Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. This 5-story brownstone has helped the school grow in its scope and focus. For more information on this groundbreaking educational option, you can call the school’s director, Alan Berger at 718-499-2707 or visit their website at www.brooklynfreeschool.org.

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