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 Demonstration School program at P.S. 216. We transformed a cement parking lot into a half-acre organic garden where students are taught how to harvest over 60 types of fruits, grains and vegetables. P.S. 216, The Arturo Toscanini School, is an elementary school with a diverse student body and multi-cultural community of families from Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. With the third lowest percentage of green, open space in Brooklyn, Gravesend was a natural choice for establishing our inaugural demonstration school.e-newsletter.
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.