Last April, Roosevelt Island parents initiated a fundraising campaign seeking
community support to send our local PS/IS 217 8th grade class on a Senior
Class trip to Six Flags Amusement Park in celebration of their upcoming
As previously reported,
according to one parent:
It’s a small class of 28 kids. Most of these kids have been through school
together since Pre-K up. They’re this cute little 217 Family. Like many of
These kids have had it rough, they’ve missed out on their last year of
school together. Many of the memories they will have will be of tiny
thumbnails of each other on a computer screen.
As of right now, we the parents of the 8th grade in 217 are trying to help
these kids have a safe and memorable last school trip together. There are
families who are struggling to pay Senior fees, picture day and a class
ring. And we collectively are trying to make this trip available to all of
the kids, without an extra bill to the households. We are looking to raise
funds to bring the entire 8th grade class to Six Flags for a day of
… Our children are graduating from 8th Grade and due to Covid, their school is
unable to provide the traditional senior activities, trips or celebrations.
These kids have been struggling with remote and blended classes for half of
their 7th grade and their entire 8th grade.
That means half of the middle school experience was lost. They have
essentially become teenagers alone at home. They have persevered and deserve a
celebration. The students would like to go on the annual senior trip as an
entire class of 28 kid…
The fundraising campaign was successful,
raising just over their goal of $4000.
On June 19, the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 8th Grade Graduates
enjoyed a fun filled day
at Six Flags Amusement Park.
Roosevelt Island Parent Yitza Martinez shares these photos (those above too) and reports:
Congratulations to the 2021 P.S/I.S 217 8th grade graduates.
I would like to say that with the support of a community anything is possible,
this has been tested and proven true.
Back in April some of the parents worked together to help the 8th graders get
the finale they deserved. They started and shared a Gofundme fundraiser with
the hopes of reaching a goal.
Although having some obstacles in the way, Mission accomplished!!! This
Roosevelt Island community is awesome!!!
Many contributed to the efforts; new island residents as well as old timers,
friends and families, Island wide organizations and even some anonymous pulled
together and made this trip happen. Thank you!
Also, a huge THANK YOU to The Sanctuary RI for not only contributing to the
fundraiser but also opening their doors for the class to have an after
Their generosity is not taken for granted and we truly
The fundraiser helped cover the cost for a private charter bus, entrance to
Six Flags Great Adventure and food vouchers for the students and the
chaperones on June 19th.
These kids had an awesome day full laughter, fun, sun
and best of all memories
with their friends and classmates.
Thank you friends, Thank you families and Thank you Roosevelt Island!!!
Without your caring this would not have been possible.
Once again, Congratulations to the class of 2021, YOU DID IT! Best of luck in