It was nothing but blue skies for PS 132 as the school celebrated its 8th annual Kite Festival on Saturday, June 23rd. Hosted by CitiStorage at its N. 11th Street waterfront site, the event gave students, parents and friends of the Shining Star of Williamsburg a chance to fly kites against the New York skyline, enjoy local food and participate in fun-filled rides and arts and crafts.
The 132 kids headlined the musical entertainment. Performances by its cheerleaders and junior and senior bands wowed the crowd and the school’s various art residents showcased the value of the many partnerships the school has forged. Courtney Edwards and Stephanie Wells of TADA! Youth Theater helped the 1st graders perform “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” then guided the 2nd graders through “We Go Together” before finishing with various grades singing the TADA! song. Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center owner and instructor Lakey Evans-Pena led the PS 132 students from her Michael Jackson, ballet, modern dance and advanced circus ground skills classes for a Best of 80s Performance. “It’s our third year at the festival and it’s wonderful,” said Evans-Pena. “Any chance to get the kids to perform before an audience is wonderful.”
Support acts that afternoon included Rug Bug, whose Ofrit Peres sang to the beats of recycled shakers, Breakin’ Boundaries, PS 132 parent and human Beatles jukebox Dave Foster, and Frolic! Play Space house band, the Little Rock-its.
PS 132 Principal Beth Lubeck was effusive in her praise for her faculty, students and sponsors, including Assemblyman Joe Lentol and local businesses like Carmine’s Pizzeria and Broadway Stages. She saved most of her gratitude for CitiStorage, its owners Elaine and Norm Brodsky and President Louis Weiner, who donated their space as well as their time and guidance. “It is because of [them] that PS 132 can host such an amazing event for the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community.”
Councilmember Diana Reyna and District Leader Lincoln Restler also came to congratulate the PS 132 PTA on its contributions to North Brooklyn culture. “I want to thank the PTA for taking and developing the Kite Festival into the great event it is today,” said Councilmember Reyna, before enjoying a BBQ lunch and kite flying with her children.
Proceeds from the event went directly to PS 132’s extracurricular activities including their TADA! art residency, Bent On Learning Yoga program, school bands and Grown Chefs program, a partnership with Eagle Street Rooftop Farms that teaches the kids how to grow healthy food.
To learn more or to help support PS 132, visit ps132pta.org.