Hispanic Heritage Month: After-school program Casita Maria

Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan founded Casita Maria, the after-school service offered to Puerto Rican families new to the United States.

Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan founded Casita Maria, the after-school service offered to Puerto Rican families new to the United States. (9/30/13)

THE BRONX - An after-school program founded in 1934 by two sisters in their small East Harlem apartment is still going strong.

Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan founded Casita Maria, the after-school service offered to Puerto Rican families new to the United States. Years later in 1961, their program expanded and moved to the Bronx. 

With up to 250 students walking through their doors each day, 75 percent are of Hispanic descent. 

Casita Maria offers more than just after school homework help. They have a variety of art programs, from dance to theater, available as well as free performances for students and their families.

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