P721K-The Brooklyn Occupational Training Center wins $11,000 from Fuel My School contest

Posted: 8:34 AM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 19:25:29-04

Today, we gave an $11,000 check to the lucky high school winner of our Fuel My School Contest, P721K-The Brooklyn Occupational Training Center in Gravesend, Brooklyn! 

It was a tough competition. Both P721K and Sunset Park High School are great schools!


P721K is a unique school located in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The student body has approximately 500 students (300 at this location) and mainly consists of learners with developmental disabilities.

Teacher John Miola wrote to PIX11 to share the stories of these talented young adults that he says gives his life purpose. He says the mission of P721K is to enable young adults to realize their talents in order to live independently.  

For these students, it’s less about traditional homework and more about applying real-life skills to shape their futures as they transition into adulthood.

The school has a bakery, 99 cents store, bookstore, art gallery etc. inside, for real, hands-on learning.

But, faculty at P721K say that the equipment inside of the work-study rooms need improvement. With the extra fuel money, they will be able to afford the resources to help them succeed.

Sunset Park High School

The school's primary focus is to prepare its students for life after graduation, according to Principal Victoria Antonini.

Many students at this high school come from Latin American countries and school has become a safe haven where they can focus on opportunities which may not have been available to other members of the family.

When asked the dreaded question, “What do you want to do after graduation?” the students showed fearlessness about the future. These young women and men know what they want and aren’t afraid to go out and get it.  

With the extra fuel money, Sunset Park High School is ready to provide the everything the students need to accomplish their lofty goals.

What New Yorker couldn’t respect that?