Friends of 187 is a non-profit organization (501c3), founded by 187 Parents in 2008, separate from the PTO, that raises funds for enrichment programming within the school day in the arts, literacy and foreign language. "Friends" works closely with the administration, School Leadership Team and teachers to identify and successfully integrate this programming within the school day.
With severe budget cuts over a number of years (and loss of Title 1 funding), fundraising through Friends of 187 and the PTO replaces many things once considered “basics” in a NYC public school. While the PTO focuses on immediate classroom material and equipment needs, class trips, professional development and technology, Friends of 187 funds primarily arts and literacy related programs during the regular school day.
Friends of 187 funding supports the following programs:
Click here to find a full list of programs funded during the current school year.