State Senatorial hopeful Andrew Gounardes sent out a press release yesterday regarding a threatened after school program at Bay Ridge’s J.H.S. 259 the William McKinley School [7305 Ft Hamilton Pkwy].
It seems that city officials announced last week that the program, known as McKinley Beacon, would be discontinued.
McKinley Beacon currently serves between 100 and 225 children every day.
Councilman Vincent Gentile is currently leading the fight to keep the afternoon program alive with, among other things, a petition.
“I was heartbroken when I heard that the city plans to cut funding for Beacon after-school programs this year,” Gentile Gounardes said in a statement. “One in three New York City youth live in poverty. Others battle drug abuse right here in our backyard. Many more attend overcrowded and underfunded schools. The last thing this city should be doing is balancing its budget by cutting programs that provide literacy training, college prep, after-school tutoring, and – most importantly – a safe space for our kids to learn.”
In order to sign the petition, please click here.