PENCIL, a New York City-based nonprofit that connects businesses with local public schools to create new opportunities for students and educators, held its annual Principal for a Day event April 16. The program saw over 150 business and civic leaders pay visits to public schools across all five boroughs of New York, during which they met with students, teachers, and administrators to better understand how their own organizations can impact students and schools.
"When we launched Principal For A Day®, our goal was to bring together private and public sectors of the City to draw attention to the needs and potential of New York City’s public schools and the students they serve,” said PENCIL President Gregg Betheil in a statement. "PENCIL is proud to have the support of Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor, as well as the New York City Department of Education, united in our shared belief that relationships have the power to create opportunities and experiences that help NYC students succeed.”
Talent Unlimited High School, a public performing arts high school located on the Upper East Side, played host to a visit from Broadway's The Prom, the hit musical currently playing at the Longacre Theatre. Cast members Fernell Hogan and Kalyn West were joined by Martin Tackel, a producer of The Prom, and Jessica Bynoe, the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of PENCIL, as they met with students and teachers.
Flip through photos from their visit below: