The Williamsburg school, located at 250 Berry Street, opened a new fitness center on site, and on Friday, February 10, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to show off the new space.
“I'm very impressed and we're really excited,” said Principal Sereida Rodriguez.
The school was put on Assemblyman Joe Lentol's radar about two years ago when he was attending an event and noticed they needed a new gym. He allocated $100,000 to make the necessary improvements.
According to Rodriguez, a new gym would have been too costly, so the DOE decided to build a fitness center.
“He at least brought attention to the school, allowing the DOE to provide us with a fitness center, and this is linked to our whole initiative of building a rooftop garden and healthy eating in our community,” Rodriguez said.
The center is equipped with exercise bars, elliptical machines and treadmills. It will be open to all students.
“The most important thing we do as legislators is protecting our valuable resources, and the most valuable resource we have are our kids, and school is the most important thing that they have in order to make it in life,” Lentol said.
One parent, Esther Onuoha, thought the center was great. “It'll definitely make more people want to come to this school,” she said.
Her daughter, fifth-grader Bianca, also agreed. “It's awesome,” she said. “It's way better than the gym and there's more space and more freedom.”
Adriana Grullon, a parent of three P.S. 84 students was also excited. “It's very useful, especially because I have one child who was telling me recently that she wants to get more in shape, and this will be great help,” she said.
Construction began last spring and was completed at the end of January. Rodriguez hopes to bring local community organizations in to work with the children at the center, allowing them to learn about healthy eating and exercise.
The overall dream, she said, is to create a rooftop garden at the school to further foster the habit of eating healthy and staying in shape.