Dear Lower Lab Families,

  • On May 17th we will be participating in TEAM UP TUESDAY! This is a partnership with NYPD to build meaningful relationships between officers and students.  During both our recess sessions, 4 officers from the 19th precinct will address our students and make new connection via TEAM UP! TUESDAY’s interactive games. These activities will focused on teamwork and leadership. (Should there be inclement weather the programing will be altered and the officers will move into the cafeteria and present an arts enrichment offering that focuses on symbolizing your personal identity).

See article below regarding this new initiative and partnership.


Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 6.46.26 PMCity officials are working to build a cozier relationship between cops and classrooms, the Daily News has learned.

On May 17, schools across the Big Apple will kick off a new program called Team Up! Tuesday, inviting officers from 72 NYPD precincts to more than 350 elementary schools.

Education Department officials said the cops will engage in a variety of productive activities with students, ranging from arts and crafts to reading.

Officers will tell kids about their experiences on the job and the importance of being a strong member of the community as well as a strong leader.

Mayor de Blasio called the event an important opportunity for elementary school students to connect with officers from their local precincts.

“Building meaningful community relationships from an early age is critical to ensure that New Yorkers across the city are aware of the many supports available to them,” de Blasio said.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said city educators are excited to collaborate with the NYPD on the program.

“This is a great opportunity for our young students to hear directly from officers and learn about teamwork, leadership and inclusion,” Fariña said.

The program, which is being executed at no additional cost to the city, may be expanded in 2017 if results warrant, Education department officials said.