Preston High School’s Project P.R.E.P. Program for rising 7th and 8th graders is offi cially
under way for the fi rst time since the pandemic began! Students from various schools
throughout the Bronx attend this four-week program to start preparation for the TACHS
exam and explore educational opportunities through games, practical experiences, collaboration
and project-based learning. Week 1 was a dive into ancient Greek and Roman
history; the students wrote letters as if they were a teen in the Roman era and practiced
the art of paper weaving, similar to basket weaving of that time. In art class, the PREPsters
learned about composition by creating a still life using candy, sketching it in pencil and then
highlighting the colors in watercolor paint. They also practiced reading and math skills for
the TACHS exam. As this program is in-person at Preston High School, the students are also
given the opportunity to socialize with other students their age, especially after a long
year and a half with online and hybrid learning. Preston High School’s Reach for Excellence
program was developed to prepare ambitious middle school students for high school success
by enriching their academics and allowing them to explore possible career interests.
Vicnnerys Peralta, Taylor Maginley and Marina Abend work on paper weaving in Ms. Castignoli’s
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ARTIST EXHIBIT OPENS AT
CLIPPER COFFEE ON CITY ISLAND
On July 17, the Gallery at Clipper Coffee in City Island held its opening reception for artist
Anna Fugazzi. Fugazzi’s exhibit will run through Aug. 10. For anyone interested in viewing the
displays, Clipper Coffee is located at 274 City Island Ave.
Featured artist Anna Fugazzi with organizers
Jerry Landi, left, and Clipper Coffee owner
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” artist Anna Fugazzi’s
favorite piece. Photos Laura Stone
Friends of Pelham Parkway held its First Community Day on July 17. The event featured
Zumba, free reusable bags, reusable face masks, sunscreen and exercise resistance bands.
About 20 people and even dogs joined the Zumba class held at different spots in the Parkway
in intervals. Additionally, Friends of Pelham Parkway gave out free visitor passes to the
New York Botanical Garden provided by NYBG.
Friends of Pelham Parkway held its Community Day July 17.
Summer Dejesus sits with her candy composition that she made in Ms. Castignoli’s Art Class.
Photos courtesy Gabrielle Del Valle
FRIENDS OF PELHAM PARKWAY
HOLD COMMUNITY DAY
PRESTON’S PROJECT P.R.E.P. IS BACK