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Summer Splash: Jean Pierrea Hidalgo and Quentin Jones cool down on the water slide at the PS K811 Summer Block Party on Aug. 6.
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Celebrate the bracelet: Aaliyha Toomer shows off her bracelet at the PS K811 Summer Block Party on Aug. 6.
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Sombrero style: Muhammad Basit indulges his sweet tooth and his fashion sense at the PS K811 Summer Block Party on Aug. 6.
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Friendly fun: Kaylah Sainvikes and Rebecca Joseph have a good time at the PS K811 Summer Block Party on Aug. 6.

These kids are having summer fun — at school.

Sheepshead Bay’s PS K811 held its second annual Summer Block Party Extravaganza, an extension of the school’s annual carnival, on Aug. 6.

More than 200 special-needs students, ages 12 to 21, partied on Haring Street with hundreds of family members, neighbors, and school staff. Partygoers enjoyed water slides, a bouncy house, food, and games.

The festive atmosphere helped engage students and draw them out of the shells, said the principal.

“The students, you can see the light in them when they’re enjoying the music, playing the games, and interacting with the adults,” said Antoinette Rose, the school’s principal. “They participated and it was really joyful.”

School representatives praised local community members and businesses for donating money and materials. A local radio station even contributed a deejay so that partygoers could dance the day away.

“We want to celebrate our students’ abilities rather than their disabiliti­es,” Rose said. “Many of them don’t get these opportunities, but we want to give it to them.”

The school’s carnival, now in its eighth year, used to be held in the schoolyard, but was moved to the street because of construction last year. The block party was such a success that Rose decided to make it a yearly tradition.

“It’s about bringing the families and the community together to give these kids a good time,” said Rose.

Reach reporter Eric Faynberg at (718) 260–2508 or by e-mail at efaynberg@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @ericfaynberg.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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