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AmPark has spirit, how about you?

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AmPark Neighborhood School will lift spirits with its annual spirit week next month.

During the week of April 15, students will participate in wacky and wild dress-up and events to fuel the morale of the school at 3961 Hillman Ave.

 

Chancellor puts money where arts are

While some schools see arts education as an extra program, schools chancellor Richard Carranza confirms he views it as a $433 million necessity. That’s nearly $100 million more than what was spent on art last year.

These extra funds, Carranza said, will be used to expand the program, rebuild art spaces, and hire more qualified staff.

According to the Art in Schools Report — which gathers data on art budgets, teachers and spaces from elementary to high school — there has been an increase of nearly 3,000 certified art teachers working in New York City schools. There also are nearly 400 schools that have chosen to diversify their curriculum by investing in partnerships and grants that encourage arts education.

 

MC wins with ‘Shark Tank’-worthy ideas

Three Manhattan College students won $2,500 in the college’s annual Innovation Challenge, a high-stakes competition where teams pitched potential business ideas to faculty and alumni.

Nine teams representing the O’Malley School of Business as well as both the engineering and science schools brought their brightest business ideas to the panel.

Like the hit ABC show “Shark Tank,” teams had a short window of time to showcase their inventions and innovations to a panel of judges.

Global business and management major Praise Omiponle, electrical engineering major Karthik Maddur, and mechanical engineering major Kishan Thakirdin won first prize for QuickMech, a smartphone app that matches users with local mechanics in their area. The team designed QuickMech to provide user reviews and the price of common repair jobs without having to get quotes from the individual repair shops.

The Innovation Challenge is one of several competitions offered to students at the Bronx-based school annually.

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