A Few of Our Favorite Things in 2018

The New Year is almost upon us. All the hard-working students, staff, and School Managers in CFK’s partner schools are enjoying a well-deserved holiday break. We’re looking back at 2018 with gratitude, and forward to 2019 with optimism and determination.

There were so many highlights from 2018. Yet when we take stock of any year, we have only one measuring pole, and it’s the one that’s in our name.

How much change did we provide to kids? As it turns out, quite a bit!

  • We began exciting new program partnerships with Leap NYC and Writopia.
  • New York University’s Global Programs partnership placed six NYU students as tutors in our Manhattan schools.
  • Last spring, our first semester of programming for our first Staten Island school, PS 21 in Port Richmond, began.
  • We added Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School to our school roster in September, partnering with the invincible Principal Dawn DeCosta.
  • Our students attended several events with Salesforce aimed at developing their technology skills.
  • Our corporate sponsors and volunteer teams supported thousands of hours of learning programs, community engagement, and efforts to beautify our schools.
  • Our partnerships with Operation Warm, Nordstrom, and Payless delivered coats and shoes to kids as the cold weather began to settle in.
  • Our holiday gift and turkey drives delivered bountifully, thanks to our donors.
In addition, we held some of our best-ever events throughout the year, including the annual Penguin Party, Golf for Kids, Charity SoulCycle Ride, Super Chefs, and the NYC Marathon.

Looking forward to 2019, we take inspiration from the words of Barack Obama:


There is still so much we can change in our communities for kids. Let’s take steps together to continue to bring positive change to kids who need it.

Between eighty and ninety percent of our students are living in severe economic hardship. In several of our schools, almost half of the students live in transient housing.

Our schools have noble and necessary visions for the future, and all of them involve creating learning environments that build self-esteem, champion the value of education, and contribute to inspiring greatness. We thank everyone for your commitment to making real change possible for kids in 2018. Let’s make a commitment together for 2019 - for our schools, our city, and our future - to grow Change for Kids, and help even more students succeed.

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