“One of the biggest needs in our community is to ensure that your schools in particular have access to funding to build-out technology and parks and all of these great things,” Richards told students at P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens on Monday.
Mainland schools within the district received $1.975 million, over $1 million of which came through participatory budgeting, and schools in the Rockaways received $1.5 million. The money will be used for new computers and classroom smart boards.
Richards invited students to speak to over a dozen principals from Richards' district who were gathered for a ceremony announcing the funding on Monday.
“It's important to ensure that our schools are equipped so our future engineers are able to compete with the world,” Richards said, pointing to a group of kids that spoke about the importance of technology in their schools. “We know that this is where the world is moving to.”
Richards stressed the importance of technology in all facets of life, and how important having it for these students will be as a life skill.
“When you go to apply for a job nowadays you don't even go in to interview with anyone, you have to go online and fill out an application,” he said. “We want to make sure these children can compete with the world, not just compete with the children in their classrooms.”