We participate in Swim for Life, the YMCA’s 2nd Grade swim collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The focus of Swim for Life is to teach second grade students basic aquatic skills to make them safer in and around the water. The YMCA has a history of over 160 years of teaching swimming classes. The 10 week program operates during the school day at The McBurney YMCA, and follows the YMCA’s nationally standardized curriculum for swim instruction.
Music and the Brain™ is a project of the 42nd St. Development Corp. designed to teach public school students to read and play music through classroom keyboard instruction. Since 1997, more than 275 schools and 400,000 students have benefitted from Music and the Brain training, curriculum and keyboards.
Chrissy Inserra, our music teacher, sought and received a grant to offer this program, and is specially trained in its instruction. Our PTA has helped fund the program. All of our students, from pre-k through 2nd grade receive this special music instruction.