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Hunts Point Alliance for Children’s SongCorps Makes Public Debut at Bronx Family Court Celebration

Students from Hunts Point Elementary School perform at Bronx Family Court for 2015 Happy Healthy Safe Families Fair


BRONX, NEW YORK April 29, 2015 — The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC)

HPAC’s SongCorps performed for Bronx Courthouse personnel as part of the Happy Healthy Safe Families Fair. For the past six years, the Bronx office of the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice has organized this event at the Bronx Family Court in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is celebrated in April. The event brings different organizations and agencies together to answer questions from Bronx residents and provide fun activities, like face painting and arts and crafts, for the children.

SongCorps is composed of 4th and 5th grade boys who attend PS 48, the Hunts Point neighborhood elementary school.  Students meet with teaching artists twice per week during school to study American history through the progression of American music styles.  The curriculum is comprised of American history, study of musical genre and style, choral singing, lyric writing, and music composition, with an overall objective of developing pride, respect, and camaraderie among the boys.  Students in SongCorps perform a range of songs- from blues to pop- in addition to the songs that they write together as an ensemble.

“We are honored to have SongCorps participate in an event that is so directly aligned with our organization’s mission,” said Maryann Hedaa, Founder and President of HPAC. “The Happy Healthy Safe Families Fair benefits the entire borough.”

About the Hunts Point Alliance for Children

The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) is comprised of sixteen individual schools and non-profit organizations committed to supporting children and families living in the Hunts Point peninsula of the South Bronx. The Citizens’ Committee for Children on New York has identified Hunts Point as the most at risk neighborhood to grow up in New York based on economic, employment, housing, health and other factors. Over 59% of the children in the community live in poverty.[1]

HPAC’s efforts are driven by the vision that Hunts Point children will be ready for kindergarten, ready for middle school, ready for high school, and ready for higher education. In the eight years of its existence, HPAC has been a strong voice for the children of Hunts Point and a conduit for resources to support the schools and organizations in this community.

HPAC’s birth to college pipeline provides programming and academic opportunities in the following program areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Development, Education Transition Counseling, and Family Support Services. On an annual basis, HPAC serves 300 children and young people and reaches 2,000 residents through community events and outreach.

To learn more about HPAC, visit our website, www.huntspoint.org.

[1] Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York Report on the Well-Being of Children in 59 Community Districts, February 2015. Available at http://www.cccnewyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CCCRiskRankingNYC.pdf