BY NATHAN DUKE
State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) announced that a new Gifted and Talented program for students in grades six through eight will debut at Queens Village’s IS 109Q in the upcoming school year.
Hyndman first announced that District 29 would get a new Gifted and Talented program in December. She noted that the new program would be open to all students and residents of the district, and that the admission criteria will be listed in the school’s courses catalogue for the 2018-2019 school year.
“Parents have been demanding a Gifted and Talented program for District 29 for years, so I am glad that their persistent advocacy has finally paid off,” said Hyndman, who is an alumnus of IS 109Q.
Principal Karleen Adam Comrie said that she believed the new program would expand the horizons of students at the school.
“As we embark on this journey in preparing our students for the global economy, in particularly, in the growing sectors of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), the Gifted and Talented program will assist our students in building the foundation of academic rigor needed to compete in the world of tomorrow,” Comrie said.
Assemblyman Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) said that the program will be a “great investment” for students in the district. “This program will be a great benefit to the students of IS 109Q because it will help them on their journey to exploring their hidden talents,” Vanel said.
“My colleagues and I are extremely happy for this victory and we will continue to advocate for the children of Southeast Queens to receive the best possible education. The children of this community are our responsibilities, and we are grateful for this. We hope that this will be the beginning of many other programs to come to this district.”