Saturday, April 12th, 2014
The Adam Levine who lives in Riverdale might not get as much attention as his famous counterpart from “The Voice,” but he is gaining recognition for giving borough residents a voice.
Adam Levine-Peres, a special education and ESL teacher at the Marble Hill School for International Studies, started the “Project Bronx” series last year to inspire his students – and to promote discussion among borough residents about issues that affect them.
Monday, March 17th, 2014
Here’s a heartwarming lesson: Sometimes, the ice can be cold.
This group of young Harlem-based figure skaters practiced hundreds of hours over two years, but finished last in their first competition.
“It made us feel sad, but at least we had fun,” said Emily Delbrun, recalling her experience last month at a competition in Hershey, Pa. “At least we placed.”
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
It took Althea Hoyte more than 30 years to build up the courage to try to earn her high school diploma. Now, after a year of studying, she thinks it might be too late. Hoyte took the General Education Development (GED) test in November but found out in January that she didn’t pass.
The GED was the test that students who hadn’t graduated from high school had to pass to move on to college or some careers. But it was phased out in New York at the end of December and replaced with the more challenging Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The new test is intended to “raise educational achievement for all students,” according to the New York State Education Department.
Students like Hoyte, 51, are worried they may not be able to pass the more rigorous test.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Ronnie Cortes and Kevin Garcia had a system.
While Cortes, 19, worked six hours at a minimum wage job, followed by six hours of high school, Garcia, 20, watched their infant son in the mornings. Then he’d head to work at a nearby supermarket, and a friend’s mom took over the babysitting.
After picking up Mason, Cortes cleaned the half of the room the three share with Garcia’s sister and her child. Then came homework, until 2 a.m. or later.
But recently, their house of cards collapsed.