6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

MCS Parents Give West 85th Street a New Look

MCS Parents Give West 85th Street a New Look

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hanging African masks in stairway

During the summer break, a few Manhattan Country School parents were hard at work sprucing up our home on West 85th Street. Julie Strong (Imani, 6-7s) and Jody Perlberger (Syrus, 6-7s) partnered to give some life to our building’s bare walls.

In the entryway and administrative office hallway, there are now framed images of students engaged in MCS curriculum. In the Living Room you will find framed documents and images highlighting MCS history and our commitment to social justice. Arpilleras now hang in the Meeting Room and on walls on the first three floors of the building. Throughout the school you will find pieces from our African mask collection, images from Benedict J. Fernandez’s Martin Luther King, Jr., photo series and additional photos and illustrations from the MCS archive. The placement of each piece was thoughtfully planned by Julie and Jody.

Artwork on Second Floor Landing

Josh Galitzer (Milo, 9-10s and Violet, 7-8s) used his carpentry skills to make modifications to some of the spaces in the building. He removed the step on the north side of the gym, creating more space for activities on the gym floor. In some classrooms, he altered shelves and cubbies to provide more open space for learning and play.

We thank Julie, Jody and Josh for generously giving their time and sharing their talents.