The staff and students of I.S. 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts, 5909 Beverly Road, certainly know how to entertain. On Monday, June 12th, the school, under the supervision of Principal Jamie Hendrickson, hosted a Fathers’ Day BBQ and basketball competition, an annual salute to Dads in the community, as a means of demonstrating their support and encouragement for them.
The celebration, which was the tenth since the tradition was introduced at the school, began in the auditorium with an awards ceremony that paid homage to several Dads. Other events took place concurrently, at the indoor basketball court and schoolyard. The celebration attracted hundreds of fathers, many of whom, together with their sons, were eager to face off with other dads and their sons in a friendly game. Others were just as excited to cheer their children on in their own sports competitions, listen to them play the steel pan or watch them dance.
Dean Lashaun Innis, one of the event’s organizers, told the Canarsie Courier, “I wanted to show that the community has several dads on board that are invested in watching their children become the amazing beings they are growing into.”