“A school without LeAp is a school without art! Due to budget cuts, art programs citywide have been slashed. We need your support to help us achieve our goal of providing art to more of our students this coming school year,” said Andrea McFarlane, a teacher at P.S. 56.

LeAp (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program) is a private program that encourages learning through participation in art activities.

Lewis H. Latimer Public School 56 is hosting another amazing event! It is their first annual spring concert. On June 15, students of P.S. 56 will be performing songs, dances and poetry that they have been rehearsing for weeks for this wonderful show.

McFarlane said, “We hope to raise enough money to continue and expand the LeAp program for the following school year. The students are greatly enriched by this program and will be very disappointed if we lose funding for the 2012-2013 school year.”

“Students were particularly excited when they completed the unit on self-portraits, which were displayed at the HSBC in Long Island City,” said Deborah Clarke Johnson, principal at P.S. 56. “They also enjoyed making Native American wampum and heirloom pillows representing their culture.”

The school is asking the general public to join them on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in the P.S. 56 auditorium, located at 170 Gates Ave., between Irving Place and Downing Street, in Brooklyn. The auditorium entrance is on Irving Place.

Performances include musical selections from the P.S. 56 Band, a poetry reading, singing and various cultural dances.

There will be refreshments, but as a fundraiser, of course, there will be a small fee. Adult tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children’s tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For ticket information, contact the school at (718) 857-3149.