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Local parent group to hold LIC School Symposium next month


Nov. 18, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Calling all LIC parents!

The Gantry Parent Association is holding its first-ever LIC School Symposium to help parents navigate the educational opportunities in the area.

The free event will consist of two parts—a fair and a forum—and will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Anable Basin Sailing Bar and Grill, which is located at 4-40 44th Drive.

The fair will run for the entire time, and will have representatives from a variety of public and private schools on hand to answer any questions.

The forum will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature representatives and parents who have undergone the admission process, who will go over the procedures for Universal PreK applications, kindergarten applications, and the Gifted and Talented process.

“The application process for UPK, Kindergarten, and Gifted and Talented can be cumbersome and confusing. We hope to demystify the process and make it easier to navigate by offering information and a place to ask questions and get the correct answers,” said Meghan Cirrito, a local parent and Gantry Parent Association Board Member.

The event was inspired by a similar symposium that has been held in Astoria for the last five years.

Several years ago, a group of Astoria moms began a conversation about local educational opportunities, and it grew in to the local group, which hosts the Astoria School Symposium each year.

This year the Gantry Parent Association partnered with and decided to hold a similar event for the growing family population in Long Island City.

“Our children’s educational experience is so important and navigating the different schools in the neighborhood can feel overwhelming,” said local parent and event committee member Dana Aussenberg. “I am looking forward to the Symposium so I can learn more about what educational options are available and get a head start on learning about the NYC public school application process.”

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