Charter School for Better Learning celebrates 5th

Lowell Hawthorne (CEO of Golden Krust Bakery) and (r) Keith Cox (CEO of Cox Nissan).

The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning celebrated its fifth anniversary recently with representatives from the offices of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., and Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence.

 “As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of this wonderful school, we mark two other significant events — a beginning and an end,” Mayor Bloomberg said. This year, the school’s very first fifth grade graduating class will move on to middle school, and I congratulate them all on their historic accomplishment.  I join all those gathered in giving thanks for Dr. Swartz’s tremendous dedication and vision, which have helped begin a tradition of excellence at this wonderful school.”

 “The whole borough is celebrating the fifth anniversary of an institution that from the beginning has provided its students with a solid foundation for academic success,” said Borough President Adolfo Carrion. “I want to thank each member of The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning for their hard work and commitment to bring great education to our children.”

 “I applaud Dr. Ted Swartz and all of the teachers, parents and administrators of the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning,” said James Merriman, CEO of New York City Center for Charter School Excellence. “Their determination, innovation and hard work has produced an education for Bronx children that is remarkably successful. This is exactly the kind of energy, focus and resolve we should have in all of our public schools.”

In addition to celebrating the School’s five-year anniversary, the gala honored Dr. Ted Swartz, the School’s founder and executive director, who will be remaining in the school as a Professional Development specialist. The gala featured the drumming of Raymond King and the gala closed with Let the Kids Shine, a student performance which featured 40 of the school’s students who read poetry, played music, sang and danced.

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