Greenpoint Gazette
Jeff Mann
Antonio Reynoso

Billboard Top 100 Song Becomes the Center of Attention at MS 50


To raise awareness about public education, Council member Antonio Reynoso dropped by MS 50 this week to perform American rapper Silento’s track “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) along with students, teachers and education advocates.

It was all part of Alliance for Quality Education’s (AQE) #IAmPublicEd social media campaign.

AQE uses a combination of legal and policy expertise, along with grassroots organizing, to fight for top quality public education.

The #IAmPublicEd social media campaign was created to highlight the positives of the public schooling system and to dispel the myth that public schools are all about falling grades and poor performance. The campaign aims to highlight different aspects of the education system, beyond academics, such as the arts and afterschool programming.

For MS 50, the celebration was a nod to recent changes taking place in the school. Last year, the school was one of 93 others from across the city that was designated for the School Renewal Program – an initiative to turn around low performing schools with specific goals and community involvement.

New principal Ben Honoroff has been leading that charge well before the term began.

And the “Nae Nae Challenge,” was another moment to highlight the positive direction the school is taking.

“Improving public education is my highest priority, and I was happy to take the opportunity to celebrate the students of MS 50, call attention to the #IamPublicEd campaign and have a little fun at the same time,” said Reynoso.

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