David A. Boody Junior High School Holds Annual Art Show and Concert and Gets A Special Visit

David A. Boody Junior High School, aka I.S. 228, in Gravesend, Brooklyn, hosted its annual Winter Concert and Art Show on Thursday and was paid a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller.

They dropped by to check out the “School of One,” a math program that first debuted at M.S. 31 in Chinatown in the summer of 2009.  It uses computer technology to let students work at their own pace.

But the School of One wasn’t the only thing that caught their attention, said Doug Monroe, a creative writing teacher at the school.

“Deputy Secretary Tony Miller saw our art and also heard our symphony orchestra,” Monroe said. “He said he was very impressed with the balance at this school.”

Principal Dominick D’Angelo said IS 228 is one of the most diverse schools in New York City. It supports kids from almost 50 different countries. The school is also unique in that it operates on a “magnet” system, where students can choose specific subject concentrations, such as art or music.

During a tough economic time, when many schools are cutting back on their art programs, IS 228 shows that it is possible to maintain these programs.

Watch my audio slide show below to check out the sights and sounds from the evening:

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