On August 29, The Children’s Aid Society’s College Prep Charter School opened its doors to 132 children. With support from TransCanada, launching the society’s first charter school was the start of an exciting new chapter for the non-profit group that has helped hundreds of New York’s most vulnerable students be successful in school.
“We are grateful for TransCanada’s partnership, which will allow Children’s Aid to continue to break new ground in our education programs. After operating more than 20 community schools with the New York City Department of Education, we are now applying this proven model for student success by opening our first charter school,” said Anthony Ramos director of marketing and communications at The Children’s Aid Society.
Over two years, TransCanada is contributing $300,000 to Children’s Aid to support the establishment of a world-class school focused on excellence, health and wellness and personal growth of its students. TransCanada believes that providing youth with educational development opportunities is key to building strong, effective citizens who contribute positively to their communities. The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School promises to provide its students with the best possible start to education by setting them up for success within and outside the classroom. It will integrate excellent academic instruction with physical, emotional and social supports such as after-school enrichment activities and access to health services. The school aims to grow to serve 400 of New York’s most at-risk students, from kindergarten to Grade 5.
Critical to the success of the school opening and an unwavering champion of the Children’s Aid Society is TransCanada employee Sharon Scott. As Community Relations Coordinator for TransCanada’s Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City, N.Y., Sharon brought forth the funding opportunity to TransCanada and explained the large impact and vision this organization has for the community, as well as its fit within TransCanada’s values of integrity, responsibility, collaboration, and innovation.
“TransCanada is a wonderful organization. It is a blessing to work for an organization that aligns with my personal values and beliefs in uplifting those in our community that need a helping hand,” Scott said. “TransCanada has allowed me to develop the community relations division in New York City, where I was born and raised and have a deep understanding of the neighborhoods and population. With the support of TransCanada’s leaders, management team and my fellow Ravenswood employees, I have been able to identify over 20 New York City not-for-profit organizations that are making groundbreaking advancements in some of New York City’s most devastated neighborhoods. The Children’s Aid Society is a prime example of this.”
“Through valued employees like Sharon Scott, we can support organizations such as The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School,” said William Taylor, TransCanada’s Senior Vice-President of eastern power, who attended the school opening. “We are excited to be part of an amazing initiative that touches hundreds of young lives in the South Bronx. The Children’s Aid Society is a trusted organization and their mission to help vulnerable children aligns perfectly with our commitment to helping create better communities where our employees live and work.”
TransCanada powers New York City
As TransCanada provides stable and reliable energy to the region through our Ravenswood Generating Facility in Long Island City, Queens, we uphold our commitment to invest in the communities where we live, work and conduct our business. The facility is an indispensable component of the New York generation supply with the capacity to serve approximately 21 percent of the overall peak load in New York City.