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Bloomberg Welcomes 350 Kids to The Pond

by Daniel Symon

Mayor Bloomberg, Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav (right), The Pond at Bryant Park’s Itai Shoffman (far right) and New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba (left) look on as Citibank's Denise Durham-Williams welcomes more than 350 participants in New York City’s Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative to The Pond at Bryant Park for Skate Day. Now in its second year, Skate Day is a reminder that OST - a three-year, $200 million initiative - operates after school, throughout the summer, and during school holidays, including the winter break. Thanks to OST, tens of thousands of working parents can go to work knowing that their children are engaged in exciting academic, recreational, and cultural activities. OST consists of 550 free programs that will serve at least 65,000 young people during the 2006 school year, making it the nation’s largest municipally funded after school initiative. The programs are located in schools, community centers, and public housing and parks department facilities across the City.

Daniel Symon is a press officer for DYCD

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