Students from nearby P.S. 119 brought their best artists, decorators, singers and dancers to Amersfort Park on Friday, December 9th to join in on the community holiday lighting event near the gazebo located on East 38th Street and Avenue I.
There was hot chocolate and festive music playing as they gathered around the tables supplied with colorful arts and craft supplies. The Amersfort School children used paper, scissors, glue, markers, glitter, colorful cotton balls and fuzzy pipe cleaners to transform them into beautiful handmade ornaments for the tree.
Councilwoman Farah Louis was joined by Millennium Development Executive Director Paul Curiale, Flatlands Flatbush Civic President Sallie Bennett, 63rd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Thomas Podd, staff members and parents to help lead the event and assist the children with their decorations.
Kindergarten students stood in front of the lighted gazebo with the holiday tree as its centerpiece and sang “Frosty the Snowman,” followed by 2nd grade students who sang, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” then 3rd grade students who sang “Jingle Bell Rock.” The performance was capped with a grand finale by 4th and 5th grade students, which included singing and dancing to the rousing tune of “Winter Wonderland.”
The cheerful and jovial celebration was sponsored by Councilwoman Farah Louis, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Community Board 18 with community partners Millennium Development, Bergen Beach Youth Organization, the 63rd Precinct, NYC Parks Department, The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project and others.