Education

As a product of the public education system, the Bronx High School of Science and State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany and Buffalo, I am committed to providing a world class free public education to every New Yorker.

Annual Art Show

An annual public school art show featuring student work at Sotheby's is organized by my office and PS 183.

In 2015, participating schools included: PS 183, PS 77, PS 290, PS 151, Vanguard HS, PS 169, PS 6, PS 527, MS 177, and it was my pleasure to deliver certificates to all participating students. 

Creativity must be nurtured in schools by promoting the arts and the work of our public school children as an investment in them and their future. The Sotheby's show continues a rich tradition of having this event  in City Council District Five. I am proud to promote creativity by giving students a platform to share their work. Thanks to Principal Tara Napoleoni, Art Director Wan Ling Fahrer, teachers and parents, and students at PS183 for working so hard to make this happen, as well as the Sotheby’s staff.

It is my goal to have every District Five School participate. Please let me know if you are interested by emailing artshowatbenkallos [dot] com.

Mock Voting

 

 

The best way to get students in the habit of voting is practice.

In the 2013 general election, a mere 24 percent of registered New York City voters cast a ballot. There are 1.1 million public school children in New York City and 4.3 million registered New York City voters. Studies show that increased civic participation through activities like mock voting increase engagement and participation later in life.

We have piloted Mock Voting at schools in the district and hope to expand the program this year.

Is your school interested in holding a mock vote? Contact bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com or call 212-860-1950.

School Tours of City Hall

It has been my pleasure to tour schools and meet with principals, teachers, parents and students to discuss programs we can collaborate on, from funding opportunities to technology in the classroom. It has also been great to answer questions about local government with student groups. If I have not yet been to your school, please contact me to set up a time.

Summer Reading Challenge

As a student, I was always more inclined to work with computers than to read books. In fact, because of learning struggles, I faced challenges catching up with my peers in reading and writing. When I discovered science fiction, I learned to love literature — and started to spend lots of time at New York City’s world-class public libraries. Now, I want to share that passion for books with you and your family.

Join my summer reading challenge: Students in grades K - 12 who read five books from their school's list or the library's lists will be honored at an end-of-summer ceremony and receive a certificate from my office.

NYPL kids book list: http://cdn-prod.www.aws.nypl.org/sites/default/files/Kids%20Book%20List_0.pdf

NYPL teen book list: http://cdn-prod.www.aws.nypl.org/sites/default/files/Teen%20Book%20List_0.pdf

Email BKallosatBenKallos [dot] com or call 212-860-1950 to sign up.