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Posted May 10, 2021: Townsend Harris achieves three-peat in U.S. News rankings
For the third consecutive year, Townsend Harris is the #1 public high school in New York City, the #1 public high school in the New York metro area, and the #1 public high school in the state, according to the 2021 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. And of the over 17,000 public high schools in America, Townsend Harris is ranked #12. Click on the image below or this link to see the full rankings.
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May 9, 2021: The Townsend Harris PTA wishes everyone a Happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day
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Through May 25, 2021: Shoe Drive fundraiser surpasses target and is still collecting shoes
With the help of our amazing students, families, faculty, and community, the Townsend Harris PTA and Student Union are excited to announce that we have now collected 3,000 pairs of shoes in our Shoe Drive fundraiser! Our original goal was 2,500. And we are continuing our drive through May 25th!
We will raise over $1,000 which will be used by the PTA for our children here at Townsend Harris! With a shoe drive fundraiser, there’s no need to ask for money or sell out of a catalog. This drive will prevent unnecessary waste and give our shoes a second chance to help someone else.
From boots to sandals, ALL types and sizes of gently used or new shoes will be accepted. All we need to do is ask our friends, family, teams, schools, houses of worship, civic groups, local businesses, and other community members to clean out their closet and collect their shoes.
Here are the logistical details:
  • Where: Put donations in the collection box in the school lobby
  • When: Mondays–Fridays from 8:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Last day: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 (by 6:00 pm)
  • Details: To keep things organized, please tie the shoelaces together or use a rubber band to prevent pairs of shoes from separating.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain, and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe, and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.
If you have any questions, please send a message to

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May 5, 2021: Our 2021-22 PTA Executive Board
Please welcome our PTA's 2021-22 Executive Board:
  • Co-President: Supriya Purov-Fernandes (newly elected)
  • Co-President: Greg Prasad (newly elected)
  • Recording Secretary: Cherryl Jimenez
  • Treasurer: Sanja Bogovic
  • Chair of Alumni Relations Committee: Alysa O'Shea (newly elected)
  • Co-VP of Fundraising: Alex Lauren (newly elected)
  • Co-VP of Fundraising: Anna Tsang
  • Co-Chair of Hospitality: Randi Romero (newly elected)
  • Co-Chair of Hospitality: Open
  • Co-Chair of Electronic Communications: Christina Deonandan (newly elected)
  • Co-Chair of Electronic Communications: Ciné Ostrow (newly elected)
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Ongoing throughout the year: School Spirit Wear Sale continues!
* Zipper Hoodies * Pullover Hoodies * T-shirts *
All shipped directly to your home.
We place orders at the end of every month, and delivery takes 2-3 weeks.
All proceeds help the PTA support the school!
To see the instructions and fill out the order form, click here.
Gray hoodies Gray t-shirts Gray zipper hoodies
Maroon hoodies Maroon t-shirts Maroon zipper hoodies
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Ongoing throughout the year: An easy way to support Townsend Harris
As many of us are now shopping online regularly even for basic necessities, you can donate to the PTA simply by shopping on without any extra cost to you. Here's how to do so:
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases.
  • Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation."
  • Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.
  • After you place a qualifying order, it may take several days for the amount you have generated to update.
  • Do NOT log into your regular account or the mobile app.
    Instead, you MUST log into Townsend Harris High School's special link to AmazonSmile. Or click on the banner below.
  • The name of our AmazonSmile organization is "Parent Teacher Association of Townsend Harris High School."
And to learn how to make more donations directly to the Townsend Harris PTA, please CLICK HERE. Every donation (no matter how small) is important because they will all add up to a bright future for our children at Townsend Harris.
Please check what our sponsor KWELLER PREP is offering for our students to prepare for the SAT and ACT.
DONATE TO THE PTA WHILE SHOPPING ON AMAZON. For more details, click here.