September 27, 2016
By Neal Tepel
East Elmhurst, NY– A new middle school is finally planned in one of the most crowded neighborhoods in the city, 111th Street and Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst. The new school will provide 600 much needed seats for local families and the surrounding area of Corona, Queens.
Lorinda Hooks, President of the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association and mother of a fifth grader, added "As a mother of a 5th grader I am excited to hear about the new middle school coming to our neighborhood. I'm pleased that Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has worked with SCA to give out children a new space to learn."
"A new middle school that will relieve school overcrowding is precisely what our community needs. Immigrant children and families like mine across Queens have suffered for too long due to inadequate classroom space and school facilities, and this new school will be an important step to ensuring that our children have the opportunity to thrive. We thank Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Ferreras-Copeland for their leadership in this important victory for our community," said Myrna Palacios, Board member and parent leader in Queens for Make the Road New York.