Broadsided School Bus Knocked On Its Side / Free Lunch For all Public School Kids / Bed-Stuy School Celebrates Pi Day
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Broadsided school bus knocked on its side
A harrowing midday auto collision left Bed-Stuy onlookers shocked Monday and left six students hospitalized, but resulted in no fatalities, according to police.
The incident occurred at about 3:45 PM, March 10, when a taxicab traveling westbound on Halsey Street broadsided a short yellow bus going northbound on Marcy Avenue. The impact knocked the bus on its side, with the cab veering off and striking a nearby light pole.
Police said ambulances took six students aged 12 and 13 to local hospitals. Four were taken to Kings County Hospital and two were taken to Woodhull Medical Center. All are expected to recover.
The bus was owned by Y & M Transit Corp.
No tickets were issued pending further investigation, police said.
Free lunch for all public school kids
Public Advocate Letitia James this week proposed instituting universal free lunch for all New York City public school students.
Currently, over 75% of city public school students- or about 780,000 students–are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch.
However, says James, because of the poverty stigma associated with school lunch— and understandable fears of undocumented families filling out the significant required paperwork to qualify—an estimated 250,000 income-eligible city students do not participate in the school lunch program. Overall, 81% of elementary school students eat school lunch, but that number drops to 61% by middle school and 38% in high school.
This proposal would maximize federal incentives programs while minimizing arduous paperwork to make free lunch accessible to all students.
“I have spoken with the administration regarding the need to explore resources that can pay for universal free lunch,” said James. “Most significantly, we need to unlink school food to family income to make this program accessible to children citywide.”
The initiative also has the support of the city’s Department of Education.
“We should be able to eliminate the burden on families without the risk of jeopardizing federal funding,” said DOE Chancellor Carmen Farina. “We are grateful to Public Advocate James and our many food advocates for supporting us in this effort to persuade Washington to decouple lunch from Title I funding. Without decoupling, many of our schools would be unfairly penalized by the new federal program.”
Bed-Stuy School celebrates Pi Day
Bedford Collegiate School is celebrating their annual Pi Day this week with students having an opportunity to throw a whipped cream or shaving cream pie in the face of their instructor.
The event, held every March 14 (3/14), is a nod to Pi, the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and begins with the digits 3.14.
The student that recites the most numbers of the endless constant gets to throw the pie.
Bedford Collegiate is part of the Uncommon Charter School system of Brooklyn.
Other participating Uncommon schools holding separate Pi Day events with the same competition include Leadership Prep Bed-Stuy, Leadership Prep Canarsie, Leadership Prep Brownsville, Leadership Prep Ocean Hill, Excellence Girls, Excellence Boys, Brooklyn East Collegiate, Bedford-Stuyvesant Collegiate, Brownsville Collegiate, Ocean Hill Collegiate, Kings Collegiate and Williamsburg Collegiate.