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Lots of gelt for lots of tech

Cheers to D.I.Y. giant Lowe’s, Samsung Hope for Children, and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for gifting students and staff at PS 193 the Gil Hodges School with a $48,000 grant.

The makeover money will provide updated technology equipment, such as projectors, laptops, tablets and document cameras, so pupils can improve their education.

The funds are part of the third annual Team Up for Technology initiative that addresses a critical issue in education, according to Johnson, six-time Nascar Spring Cup champion, and founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

“There is a need for adequate technology to prepare students for their futures,” he said.

Ten schools were selected as finalists and were given a prize kit, including a Samsung digital camera and a Samsung laptop, to create a two-minute video demonstrating the school’s needs.

Public School 193 was chosen as the winner for its impressive representation of the students and staff.

PS 193 the Gil Hodges School [2515 Ave. L and Bedford Avenue in Midwood, (718) 338-9011].

Prospect Heights

Reaching new ‘Heights’

Welcome to Sunny Skies Preschool for opening its latest center in Prospect Heights.

Director and C.E.O. Margarycel Nunez let Standing O know that Sunny Skies has been offering high-quality programs for tots 2 to 6 years old — focusing on learning, exploring, and having fun — since 2004, and is currently taking applications for the new digs.

“I am getting lots of foot travel every day,” she said. “We are not full yet, but soon we will be.”

Standing O says “Get there quick, space is running out.”

Sunny Skies Preschool [720 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Mark’s places in Prospect Heights; (718) 372-4665].

Borough Park

Clean as a whistle

Boro Park Wash Center is the cleanest and greenest in the city. The washing emporium was recognized by National Grid, Barclays Center, and the Brooklyn Nets as the winner of the “B” Green Challenge, a program recognizing small businesses in the borough that to their best to be efficient in their energy efforts.

The family-owned business has been around for 30 years, and offers walk-in self-service, drop-off, and dry cleaning services. Owner Stanley Ng answer won for his pro-active approach.

“Every time I walk into my business, I’m thinking about how I can save on energy costs,” he said.

Ng’s can-do attitude about exploring additional energy efficiency improvements, including adding moisture sensors to the dryers, replacing the ventilation system, and installing additional insulation, is what put him in the winner’s cycle.

“Saving energy translates into real financial savings for our customers and it helps protect our environment,” said Kiel Costella, National Grid’s energy efficiency representative.

Standing O puts its own spin on the clean, green, washing machine venue with sincere congratulations.

“Boro Park Wash Center [5321 Ft. Hamilton Pkwy. in Borough Park, (718) 438-3823].

Borough wide

Flying a Golden Kite

Three cheers and a lollipop to Peter Brown. The local children’s author and illustrator was awarded the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for his book “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” one of Standing O’s personal favorites.

Our pal Peter will receive the award in August in Los Angeles during the 42nd annual Society’s Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Children — woop-di-do.

Standing O offers congratulations and wishes the stellar scribe a safe flight.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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