What's happening?

These are some of the current projects and initiatives we've brought to the school this year.

Food Scrap Drop Off -FSDO

Fridays 2-3pm - Community Food Scrap Drop-Off sites are an important facet of NYC’s effort to divert more compostable organic materials from landfill disposal. 

Food scraps account for approximately 17% of all materials disposed of in NYC. Together with neighborhood organics collection, these efforts turn a sizable chunk of waste into a valuable and useful product. 

As a zero waste school we feel this partnership highlights for students the connection between our actions at hoke, the garden and climate change.

We accept:

Fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereal), coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, egg shells & nut shells, stale beans, flours, spices, cut flowers & houseplants, potting soil

We do NOT accept:

Meat, fish, bones, dairy, fat, oil, greasy food scraps, animal waste, animal bedding, charcoal, insect-infested plants, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, metal, glass

Connected Chef -Lifeline Grocery

Please consider signing up for Connected Chef, a weekly (or bi-weekly) high-quality and local grocery service that can either be picked up at PS17 or delivered to your home (for a small additional fee). 

When we have 20 subscribers, 5 members of our school community will receive a no-cost box. 

If you are getting groceries from Lifeline - we’d love to see what you’re making with them! We’ll continue to share on the FB page and occasionally by email but we want to hear from you! 

The nutrient-dense groceries that The Connected Chef distributes comes 80% from local farms and distributors in the NY, NJ, PA area. We believe that reconnecting with where our food comes from is the first step towards food sovereignty for all communities.

If you have any questions please contact our Connected Chef school coordinator Liz Alvarez, liz@theconnectedchef.org. To sign up for the waiting list for a no cost box, visit this link.

Flamenco Vivo Internship

We're bringing the power of Flamenco to PS17 students! Residencies begin with an interactive performance by the professional company for the entire school to enjoy, followed by a series of in-depth classes that culminate with a student performance!

This program aligns with BluePrint and Common Core Standards in Dance, Language Arts, History, and Social Science. Our programs are tailored to your students, with targeted services for Multilingual Learners and Students with Disabilities.

Ways you can help:

Are you a grant writer? performer? 

Are you a caterer or restaurant owner, manager, worker? We need donations of food for events.

Calling all Gardeners!

Would you like to be involved in the care and maintenance of our school garden on 30th Ave and the creation of a courtyard garden currently in progress? 

Sign up here! 


Awards, Events, and Funded Projects

 Since 2018:

Water Bottle Refill Station

Rock Climber in Courtyard

After School Garden Club

Classes for students in Capoeira, Hip Hop Dance, Plant Based Cooking, Yoga and Mindfulness

Professional Development for Teachers

Garden Shed

Indoor Plant Stand

Plant Workshops with QBG

Garden Irrigation System

Health and Nutrition Books and Curriculum for Classes and Library

Environmental Science Materials

Basketball Backboard and Hoop

Earth Day Festival 2022