Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2019-07-24 13:41:53-04



NEW YORK, N.Y.—November 2, 2017– Each year, school teachers in the US spend an average of $500 out-­of-­pocket on classroom supplies (Forbes.) PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, is pleased to announce the elementary school winner of the station’s FUEL MY SCHOOL initiative is P.S. 96 in the Bronx.

PIX11 and Anchor Betty Nguyen announced P.S. 96 as the winning school live on the PIX11 Morning News today and presented Principal Marta Garcia a $10,000 check to be used on school supplies or technology – the items the school cannot afford and feel would make a difference in the lives of their students.

In the submission, Kim Laing-Reyes, a parent of a P.S. 96 student said, “We are a creatively-centered school and have implemented what we hoped would be an affordable music program. However, many kids cannot afford to buy or rent an instrument. If they cannot afford to do so, then they are not able to partake in the program. We don’t want them to feel like they are being punished for not having the money to get an instrument. Many of them unable to afford music instruments. We hope to continue to help to provide the kids and families in need with opportunities in their community.”

The runner up elementary school, PS 55 in the Bronx, will receive a $1,000 check from PIX11.

PIX11 established FUEL MY SCHOOL to help New York City public school students “fuel their school.” Elementary, middle school and high school students, teachers and parents from public schools in the 5 boros of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and all of New Jersey were invited to submit an essay explaining how their school makes a difference. PIX11 received nearly 400 school submissions.

Next, PIX11 will be making a financial donation to help a middle school and a high school achieve their academic goals through urgently needed classroom supplies.

Middle Schools:

· Vote for the winning middle school via text message: November 3 — November 7.

· Winning middle school announced LIVE on PIX11 Morning News: November 9.

High Schools:

· Vote for the winning high school online via text message: November 10 – November 14.

· Winning high school announced LIVE on PIX11 Morning News: November 16.

Contest is open to public schools in the 5 boros of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and all of New Jersey. Charter, private and parochial schools are not eligible.

For more information, voting instructions and complete contest rules please visit:


Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network and PIX11’s award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station’s success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy® Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage and in 2015 became the broadcast home of the New York Yankees. PIX11 is also the broadcast station of the New York Mets, since 1999. In 2014, PIX11 announced a long-term, exclusive content and marketing partnership with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. PIX11 engages with audiences across multiple social platforms; find us on Facebook at, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope: @pix11news. For more information visit

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