Fundraiser Event with Best Selling Authors Jennifer Egan, Sheri Holman and Rick Moody
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
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Join the Junior Board members of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice for an amazing fundraiser event with Jennifer Egan, Sheri Holman and Rick Moody.
Sheri Holman has written four award-winning and bestselling novels published by Grove/Atlantic, including The Dress Lodger, a New York Times Notable Book and longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award; The Mammoth Cheese, named a Publisher's Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and shortlisted for the UK's Orange Prize, and most recently, Witches on the Road Tonight, a NYTBR Editor's Choice, winner of the Independent Publisher's Gold Medal for Literary Fiction, the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by The Boston Globe, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and PopMatters. Sheri is a founding member of The Moth.
Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown and Company. Foreign editions have been published in twenty countries. A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997, and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
WHAT IS THE URBAN ASSEMBLY SCHOOL FOR LAW & JUSTICE (SLJ)?
SLJ is a NYC public high school in Brooklyn serving predominantly low-income, at-risk students of color. Unlike students at other high-performing high schools, most SLJ students arrive below grade level and come from economically struggling communities and underperforming elementary and middle schools. Students don’t test in. They aren’t required to present a portfolio. They don’t need to have a certain grade point average. Many come from single-parent households of families who have never sent a child to college.
SLJ transforms these students, who receive a rigorous education that prepares them for success in college and in life. The numbers speak for themselves:
- SLJ is ranked in the 87th percentile putting it in the top 20% of NYC high schools. It is in the same ranks as specialized high schools such as Stuyvesant and Bronx Science, which have strict academic performance criteria for admission.
- SLJ has a 92% graduation rate for its senior class.
- Students from SLJ have a 93% college acceptance rate, with at least 65 percent accepted to four-year colleges. By contrast, nationwide, only 55% of high school completers from the lowest income percentile transition to college, with only 27% of black and Hispanic students enrolled in postsecondary education.
- SLJ received an A on the citywide School Progress Report in every category - Student Progress, Student Performance, School Environment, and in the newest category - College and Career Readiness.
- SLJ received the highest Quality Review Score, Well Developed, because of its commitment to support student achievement.
Special thank you to all of the sponsors for the event!
Food provided by: Tap House, Panera , Sahadi’s and Moo Burger.
MC for the evening: Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore
Event planning by: Event Details, Inc.