May 20, 2010
P.S. 37 is a complete special education school located in Staten Island, New York City. It is part of District 75, New York City's Department of Education's district which provides programs, and services for 23,000 students who have severe cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities. Each school within district 75 is a lighthouse, for the entire staff is trained to support each student, as well as their parents, as they move every student to be the most independent they can be! At P.S. 37, students are supported by physical, speech, and occupational, therapists. All of them lifting, moving, walking, stretching, each student who needs their service. There is nothing more moving than to see a student, who has been wheel chair bound, or immobile, walking!! I am serious, it has brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions. In addition, teachers work tirelessly to differentiate instruction so that the student makes progress from where they are, and with the help of the dedicated school counselors, many of the students return to either inclusive programs, or regular education programs!! That is why P.S. 37 deserves to be recognized as America's favorite school!!!!
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