Unlike any other school in New York, the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School will equip students with both academic and vocational training so that upon graduation, all students will be certified Emergency Medical Technicians.
That will equip the graduates, who come from an area where 38 percent of residents live below the poverty line, according to the Census, to earn an income immediately after high school.
St. Luke’s School is marking a past that stretches back a century by looking forward. At its 100th birthday celebration on Oct. 2, the school announced a $2 million fund-raising campaign in an effort to salute the past by securing the future.
At a time when the Archdiocese of New York is closing Catholic schools, the parish school on East 139th Street in Mott Haven is determined to be around for many more anniversaries.
Carlton Curry and his daughter Carleta sat on the lawn at Mill Pond Park watching a hawk displayed by the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy against a backdrop of a teepee, with the Harlem River beyond.
“We need more events like this, a lot of events,” Curry said.