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P.S. 14 celebrates Principal for a Day

by amanda marinaccio

Helping to create a brighter future for the children of P.S. 14, business leader Philip Vlahakis returned to the school as a part of PENCIL’s Partnership Program.

On Tuesday, October 13, Vlahakis, vice president of K12 Learning Services, Kaplan Educational Centers, had a chance to meet with school leaders, visit the classrooms and speak with students.

“We provide a range of material the teachers can use in the school,” said Vlahakis, a graduate of Bronx High School of Science. “This is a chance to stay connected to public education and the partnership with the principal gives a view I might otherwise not get.”

During the Principal for a Day kickoff celebration Vlahakis performed a song he composed for students, watched a slide show that demonstrated P.S. 14’s caring and unique environment, and received a certificate of appreciation for his dedication.

“I am always impressed with the staff here and the way this school is run,” said Vlahakis. “They do such a good job and the kids always look engaged and excited.”

According to P.S. 14 principal Jason Kovac, Vlahakis is perfect for providing the consultative support necessary when trying to make decisions on introducing new school programs or a different curriculum.

“The resources he brings in are also very helpful because anytime something is provided for the school it frees up our own resources for other purposes,” said Kovac. “It is an honor to celebrate someone who has supported out school for the past seven years. The success of our school and our scores is in part because of this partnership.”

The event marks the 15th Annual Principal for a Day for PENCIL and is the beginning of the yearlong partnership meant to improve and inspire schools by bringing in new ideas and resources.

Nearly 400 business and civic leaders were on board for this years PENCIL Partnership Program, addressing the needs in hundreds of schools.

“For the past 15 years we have created different ways and opportunities for people to get involved,” said Michael Haberman, president of PENCIL. “Many of these corporate leaders realize that an enhanced education is essential because these children are the future of this City and of this country.”

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