On Saturday, a jubilant Farm Festival united the MCS community—alumni and their families, current families now more numerous as our growth plan is underway, trustees who worked tirelessly to secure and renovate our new location, and families from the Upper West Side neighborhood. While 6-7s parents have primary responsibility for organizing the Farm Festival, there were obvious signs that it takes the whole parent body to pull off such a joyous celebration. Thank you to the inspired leadership and the committed community that made it all work.
Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal came to celebrate MCS’ new home at our ribbon cutting ceremony. In her remarks she credited our mission, our longstanding commitment to diversity, and the collaborative spirit obvious in the Farm Festival’s fundraising intent. She contrasted what she has witnessed at hearings, where some Upper West Side residents are objecting to a redistricting plan to increase diversity in New York City public schools. Supporting diversity can live side-by-side with fierce resistance to plans that address entrenched school segregation. MCS students who learn the history of Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, Boston and Brownsville know from MCS history there can be another way. MCS alumni say their experiences are a lens through which they will see the world forever. At Farm Festival, parents pushing strollers recognized this, too, as they flocked to the table with the Admissions sign.
The compliments are flooding in. The following is just one example:
“I just wanted to commend you all for a terrific ribbon cutting and Farm Festival! It was a great event and my family had a wonderful time.… BRAVO!!“
Some members of First Take, the New York Association of Black Journalists training program for high school students, covered Farm Festival. You can read the article and watch the video package at the following link:
Farm Festival Raises Funds for School That Promotes Educational and Economic Equality
While there are a few factual errors in the reporting, it’s interesting to see how these aspiring journalists captured the way our community talks about Farm Festival, our school and our mission.
Final fundraising results won’t be known until after the Farm Festival Online Auction closes on October 25. But there’s no reason to delay a heartfelt community thank you to everyone who played a role in making our first Farm Festival on 85th Street a memorable one.