So many useful things are put out on the curb every week. What if there was a team of people, who could drive/walk around our neighborhoods, collect these things, and bring them to an unused storefront. These items could be cleaned up, fixed by someone on staff, and then given to the public for free. Maybe this program could be affiliated with Buy Nothing https://buynothingproject.org/
The Wurlitzer Band Organ of the Prospect Park Carousel is badly in need of refurbishment. It is one of a very small number of organs of its type remaining in the world and therefore very special. This project would include restoring, replacing or upgrading its parts, as well as restoring the beautifully hand-painted facade. Estimated cost: $75,000
Improvements to MS51 gym, including adding air conditioning, to make space usable year-round, and moving scoreboard to make space more accessible for a variety of programs.
These changes would benefit both the students and families at MS51, as well as the broader community by making better use of the space for a variety of community programs, including youth sports and senior activities.
Renovation and improvements for school library at MS51. This plan would improve library usage by students. Additional benefits to the broader community including potential to enable library to serve as a “digital hub” to serve home-bound seniors, English-language learners and others, to improve digital literacy.
Floor renovation and other physical improvements to MS51 Dance room. In addition to making better use of the space for the students in Dance talent at MS51, improvements could allow for space to serve “virtual learners” through other programs in non-school hours.