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Showing Gratitude, Every Day
Posted 11/16/2017 05:51PM

Last spring, Middle School teacher Ms. Diana Monaco saw a video of Teddy Droseros visiting a high school in Manhattan. Droseros, the founder of Grateful Peoples, is on a mission to "create real happiness" by sharing his "passion for power of gratitude." After Ms. Monaco contacted him to learn more, Droseros came to Bay Ridge Prep and met with the Middle School faculty to discuss small steps students can take each day to fill their lives and their community with more gratitude.

One outcome of Ms. Monaco linking Bay Ridge Prep and Grateful Peoples is time being set aside each day for students to jot down a few sentences in "gratitude journals". In these small notebooks, students write down three things they are grateful for that day. Once a week, during lunch, an open share opportunity occurs where students can choose to share their thoughts with their peers.

The concept of a gratitude journal is spreading. In the 81st Street Main Office, a community gratitude journal is now available for any student, staff member or visitor leave a note in and share what they are grateful for. 

Beside the journal is a note card from Droseros, the Grateful People founder.

"This journal was created to change the way we think about health and happiness," it reads. "Take a deep breath, write down something you are grateful for, and watch how the power of gratitude can transform your day and your life."

Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering exceptional courses and intimate class sizes in a socially-mature and positive environment.


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Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, private, co-ed, day school accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Serving students in Kindergarten thru Grade 12 from all across the New York City area, Bay Ridge Prep is located in Brooklyn and dedicated to enriching intellectual curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence through a student-centered community that values the unique talents and learning styles of each person.



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Bay Ridge Prep is a co-ed, K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, New York, that is home to 400 students and over 100 faculty spread across two buildings.  With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, Bay Ridge Prep provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.


Bay Ridge Prep is selective in admissions and prospective students go through a formal application process.  What we look for most in an applicant is a student who will benefit from our programs and make a positive impact on our community.


Bay Ridge Prep students get their first taste of hands-on learning in Kindergarten, when they become owners and operators of their own bakery.  By high school, they are deeply engaged in courses like Science, Research & Design - a three-year class that offers the opportunity to conduct original, independent research.


Led by experienced arts educators with advanced degrees in art, music and theater, the arts program recognizes that creative expression is a vital and integral part of a student’s development.


Home to nine championships in the last seven years, Bay Ridge Prep Athletics offers students an opportunity to explore physical challenges and develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Student Life

Student life is more than just classes, clubs and team sports.  Bay Ridge Prep is proactive in making every day life for students engaging, positive and enjoyable. 


Giving to Bay Ridge Prep has a profound impact on the daily lives of our students and helps give the school's administration the flexibility and financial resources to address spontaneous needs in and out of the classroom such as undertaking new programs and facility upgrades.


Bay Ridge Prep Alumni can be found everywhere.  Our newest alums are at some of the best colleges and graduate programs in the country and older alums are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, media, education, finance and more.

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