P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini
“The benefits of having Edible Schoolyard NYC at our school are many. It is clear children are already learning how the Earth nourishes both our bodies and minds.” — Celia Kaplinsky, Principal at P.S. 216
In fall 2010, we established our first Showcase School program at P.S. 216. We transformed a cement parking lot into a half-acre organic garden where students from kindergarten are taught how to harvest over 60 types of fruits, grains and vegetables. P.S. 216, The Arturo Toscanini School, is a Title 1 funded elementary school with a diverse student body. P.S. 216’s community is a multi-cultural neighborhood of families from Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend who are predominantly Asian, Russian, Latino, and Black. With no community supported agriculture programs, only two public gardens and the third lowest percentage of green, open space in Brooklyn, Gravesend was a natural choice for establishing our inaugural showcase school.P.S. 216’s newsletter, which gives parents, neighbors, and friends of the Showcase School a monthly update on everything edible.
In 2013, we celebrated the completion of a brand new kitchen classroom and greenhouse. In June 2014, the structure, designed by WORKac, won the prestigious MASterworks Award for Best Green Design Initiative.