Getting crafty! Kids let creative juices flow at S’Bay school’s family arts day

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Role model: Pint-sized superhero Lyric Roberts took time off from saving the world to paint her new tote bag in a red that matched her getup.
Flower power: Flatbush mom Quissy Ortega crafted a paper flower at the event, which she attended with sons Jeremy and Gene, and nephew Yakiel.
Princi-pal!: The school’s principal Antoinette Rose, right, started the Family Arts Day 10 years ago, and assisted at the recent bash however she could throughout the day.
Little artists: Kids had a blast painting pictures at the Family Arts Day.

They’re young Picassos, baby!

More than 100 youngsters and their families got creative at this year’s Fall Family Arts Day at the Connie Lekas School-P811K on Saturday.

Leaders of the Sheepshead Bay school, which serves special needs children aged 1221 from across the borough, treated attendees to plenty of arts and crafts, food, and a deejay for young dancers and rappers during the festivities at its Haring Street campus, which allowed community members to tap into their artistic sides, according to the school’s principal.

“All our students are able to invite their entire families and we just come together around the arts,” said Antoinette Rose.

Rose, who has organized the annual event for the last decade, said students look forward to it each year — and the latest installment was no exception, according to the mom of a Flatbush teen, who said her son had a blast making and coloring a big, paper-finger glove.

“He loves coloring, his favorite part is the crafting table because he gets to color and do whatever he wants to create,” Quissy Ortega said of her 15-year-old son, Jeremy Hidalgo.

Kids at heart got in on the action, too, including one local grandmother who said she hit the basketball court with her granddaughter during the bash.

“I shot some hoops with the kids,” said Desiree Ellis, who brought 4-year-old Adrianna Ellis to the event.

And a highlight of the day was watching a girl in a wheelchair muster the confidence to stand up and walk around after practicing for months with her physical therapist, according to Rose.

“I never even knew she could stand in the three years that I’ve known her at the school,” the principal said. “But she had been working on her muscle skills with her physical therapist, and on Saturday she had the courage to stand and use her wheelchair as a support. She might not have had the courage during school but that day, she did.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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