Lancman Unveils New Science Lab

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Councilman Rory Lancman joined students for the opening of a science lab at MS 217.

BY JAMES FARRELL

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) dropped by Jamaica’s MS 217 on March 21 to celebrate the opening of a new science lab.

The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by parents, students and administrators. Lancman had previously supported the school’s efforts to build the lab by providing $500,000 in funding for it in fiscal year 2015 to 2016.

“The opening of a new science lab today at MS 217 is a special moment for this school and its students,” Lancman said. “These new, state-of-the-art facilities will enable more students to receive a hands-on science education and deepen their interest in the sciences. I am very proud to provide the funding required to bring a new science lab to MS 217 and I look forward to seeing the incredible discoveries students are able to make.”

The new lab would double the number of students at the school who would be able to use the lab. The school, which currently has more than 1,600 middle school students, had always been unable to accommodate a large number of students for lab work assignments.

The new lab seeks to alleviate that issue by expanding capacity.

In a statement, MS 217 Principal Patrick Burns credited Lancman for securing the funding and his track record in supporting the school.

“Over the past 15 years, Councilman Lancman has consistently supported our MS 217 school community,” he said. “His RESO-A funding of our new, state-of-the-art science lab is an exemplary demonstration of local government investing in and collaborating with the neighborhood school to better the whole community. We are grateful for our new science lab. It will provide our students a door of opportunity they will maximize for years to come.”

Reach James Farrell at (718) 357-7400 x 127, jfarrell@queenstribune.com or @farrellj329.

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