Miracle on Hartman Lane

Our annual Winter Show, held on Friday, December 14th at 9:00 and 1:30, included a retrospect of our history as a school from the beginning to today. The Miracle on Hartman Lane started a little over eight years ago when the vision of Rev. Dr. Les Mullings along with key leaders and community support came to fruition.

Under the direction of Music Johnson, K-5 scholars performed selections by grade and wore clothing to go with the theme chosen for their grade level. Songs included popular hits such as “Holiday,” “I’ll Be There,” and “A Million Dreams.” Music Banks and Principal Griffin served as narrators for the history of Challenge Preparatory Charter School as families filled the gym to standing room only.

Banks reflected on memories such as the opening day of the school on August 23, 2010. Just two years later, the school was rocked by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and had to move to a temporary space in Brooklyn. Even as the school dealt with its own damage and thousands of dollars of lost books and supplies, Dr. Mullings led Challenge Prep to reach out to a community in great need. Looking back, we humbly began with less than twenty employees serving three grades and now have over 100 employees serving almost 800 students.

Great thanks was expressed for Dr. Mullings and his great vision that continues in our proposed expansion for the 2019-20 school year. Several employees and advisors that have been with Challenge since the beginning include Lonzil McClean, Denise Cummings, Jacqueline Ward-Brew, Tameeka Richards, Music Banks, Senior Advisor Michael Estep, and Founding Board Member Ben Waxman.

The show ended with the traditional “12 Days of Christmas” in Challenge Prep style as started by Music Banks years before. Our Middle School Winter Show will end in similar fashion as it is performed on Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00A.

We thank all the families that attended and our great staff for their hard work to create a fabulous Miracle on Hartman Lane.