“We represent a diverse community rich in culture. Diversity is embraced and capitalized on so that we can raise the consciousness of the youth that are part of our program.” Cynithia Smalls
P.S. 217 has children from cultures from around the world including (but not limited to) Haiti, Russia, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. These cultures are incorporated into the many activities offered by 217’s after-school program, including art, science, dance, and literacy. Each child is exposed to and celebrates all the different nationalities that comprise the study body. Additionally, Lifelong Learning is a part of the PS 217 program. Staff members participate in Professional Development that helps them to create a healthy learning environment for the students. Please read more about 217’s unique offerings below.
Please contact DYCD to apply for our After-School program.
Ms. Smalls comes to the P.S. 217 program with extensive experience in child development. As a young athlete in Far Rockaway (playing basketball and lacrosse,) she saw the importance of youth having opportunities to break down barriers between cultures. The 217 program emphasizes how our uniqueness connects and how we should embrace our differences to strengthen us all. After 15 years of leadership positions at various after-school programs, Ms. Smalls most recently served as Program Director at Dyker Heights Middle School. Ms. Smalls is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.