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Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer jokes with Principal Steven Jackson, Student Body President Ramanpreet Singh, and Student Body Vice President Nicholas Maya as he climbs into one of the planes students use in their classes

They say children are the future. One Queens legislator has shown his faith in that age-old maxim by allocating nearly $2.8 million in capital funding for schools throughout western Queens.

On Monday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced his plan to pledge a record $2.8 million to schools throughout the district, which includes 13 high schools, for the 2017 fiscal year.


These funds will go toward the purchase of smart boards and laptops, installation of air conditioning systems, and other improvements in the facilities and technology of the district’s schools.

“The most important thing we can do is make sure our children have the tools they need to learn,” Van Bramer said. “That’s why I’ve made investing in schools one of my top priorities, and I’m proud to allocate almost $2.8 million for schools this year, the greatest amount in years. With these funds, our schools can make necessary investments in our children’s education.”

During his time in office, Van Bramer has secured nearly $8.5 million for public schools in his district.

The announcement came at Aviation High School in Long Island City, which received $50,000 for technology upgrades this year. Students at Aviation High School complete both vocational and academic programs, and many graduate ready to become FAA-certified aircraft maintenance technicians. It is estimated that 12 percent of airplane technicians in the United States are graduated from Aviation High School.

“Majority Leader Van Bramer has helped to fund many programs and projects at Aviation High School from his first days in office and our students are able to work and learn in a supportive and nurturing environment due to his dedication to our school and all the schools throughout District 26,” said Aviation High School Principal Steven Jackson.


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