Several years ago, the historic Boys and Girls High School was designated a “failing School,” and plans were announced for its possible closing. Bedford Stuyvesant leadership, led by the Community Advisory Board of BGHS, thwarted those efforts. On Thursday April 11th from 5:30 to 8:30pm the board and other Bedford Stuyvesant leaders will celebrate the Return of Academic Excellence to BGHS, recognizing the outstanding achievements of Principal Grecian Harrison-Walker and her team.
The public is invited to join this joyful and historic event attended by community, educational and political leaders and other guests, including, of course the hardworking students. It will be held at the school, 1700 Fulton Street between Stuyvesant and Utica Avenues. The reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 and the program from 6:30 to 8:30.
Dr. Albert Vann, Co-Chair Advisory Board and former New City Council and Assembly Member was extremely pleased and proud.
“I thank the entire Bed-Stuy and Central Brooklyn community, and of course the Community Advisory Board of Boys and Girls High,” said Vann. “We’re pleased and honored by the great work that Principal Grecian Harrison-Walker has done with her team, because Boys and Girls High has now returned to the academic excellence that it was once known for. We were fortunate enough to have leaders to come in and work hard to bring Boys and Girls to the level that they are now, and we will continue with this academic excellence.”
The Advisory Board is packed full of accomplished local civic, political and business heavyweights who were determined to deliver a victory. Its members are: Co-Chair, Dr. Albert Vann; Co-Chair, NYS Regent, Dr. Lester Young, Jr.; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Senator Velmanette Montgomery; Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright; Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. Colvin Grannum, President, Bed Stuy Restoration Corp.; Richard Jones, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Dordy Jourdain, Ex. Director, Bed Stuy YMCA; Hon. Annette M. Robinson; Lynette Lewis-Rogers, Brownstoners of Bed Stuy; Hon. Betty Staton, Chair, Brooklyn Legal Services and Stefani Zinerman, Strategic Consultant & Civic Leader.
“This is a power move!” said Bernice Elizabeth Green, founder of KinEsthetics International and Our Time Press Advisor. “My mother always said, ‘You lose the schools, you lose the community.’ “