America's Favorite School in NY's Very Own Staten Island

By Roseanne Colletti
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 AM EDT
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PS 37 in Great Kills wins $20,000 after being voted America's favorite school in an online election sponsored by two education non-profits.

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There are some happy campers at P.S. 37 in Fresh Kills.

The special ed school has just been notified it is the winner of a national online election for America's Favorite School.

"We are very happy," gushed parent Jeanette Schulman.

The contest was sponsored by two educational non-profit groups, Care 2 and Great Schools. To win the $20,000 first prize, a school had to rack up the greatest number of online votes.

"We did everything, put fliers on cars,went to parties," explained mom Renee Napoleone. "We also did a lot of facebooking," she added.

Most of the more than 300 youngsters who attend the school have some form of autism."They learn best visually," offered Bill Fiorelli, the principal. The school intends to spend it's first place prize money on Smartboards to enable more visual learning experiences in the classroom.

"We really want to than everyone in the community who helped us pull this off. We're very grateful," said Linda LaSheen, PTA president.

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