Friends of 187 (“Friends”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by parents in 2008 to raise money to support vibrant, hands-on learning at PS/IS 187. Friends is separate from the PTO and focuses solely on funding school-day programming that reaches every student in every grade.
Friends is governed by bylaws and a Board of Directors and is entirely volunteer led - click here to view Board members.
Kids love learning by doing and they crave exposure to the full range of subjects beyond the basics. Friends focuses its support on “hands-on” learning in these areas, often areas where the school budget no longer covers what it once did. The organization funds programs and contributes to the cost of teachers, including:
Artist-in-the-Schools programs in drama, music and film-making emphasize “learning by doing."
Art in the elementary school, not covered by the school budget.
Creative writing program in the 6th and 7th grades.
Friends works closely with Principal Chory, the School Leadership Team and teachers to ensure that the funded programs and teachers are successful, both in how students respond and how they integrate with the curriculum.
Different from many other schools, Friends of 187 is separate from the PTA. Both organizations are parent run and raise money for PS/IS 187; however, Friends is a 501(c)(3) - so contributions are tax deductible - and Friends focuses exclusively on classroom based, school-day programming.
Mission Statement The mission of Friends of 187 is to nurture the educational passions of all students of PS/IS 187 Hudson Cliffs School by providing programming that is creative and "hands-on" and that enriches the school-day experience.