Boston Scores Providing Face Masks to Students and Families

Boston Scores, one of Boston Public School’s largest afterschool programs, has committed to distribute up to 5,000 non-surgical face masks to the students and families they serve. With the donation of masks, Jamaica Plain based Boston Scores is helping to meet one of the community’s most pressing health needs. Many of the students that Boston Scores serve live in family and community circumstances that are highly vulnerable: they lack financial security for unexpected expenses, they do not possess affordable and accessible healthcare, and they have few options to proactively minimize the economic and health risks of this pandemic. With PPE equipment in short supply, Boston Scores was able to reallocate a portion of its operating funding to purchase more than 5,000 masks to help its students and families to safely go outdoors, run errands and pursue other essential activities. The offer has been greatly appreciated by the community and more than half of the masks have already been allocated to schools and community partners in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods.

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City & MassArt Awarded $1.2 Million for ‘Radical Imagination for Racial Justice’ Program

The city and MassArt received a $1.2 million award from the Surdna Foundation to support Boston-connected artists of color through the development of a new, three-year regranting program Radical Imagination for Racial Justice. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, will distribute funds to artists seeking to advance racial justice through collaborative projects in their communities. “This is a huge moment for the city of Boston as we work to achieve equity in all sectors across all of our neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor  Marty Walsh. “Boston artists have improved the city’s culture and vibrancy firsthand, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they use their art to creatively imagine a better future for our city.”

The award is part of a three-year artist regranting initiative through Surdna’s Thriving Cultures program, which will support up to 260 projects by artists of color working with their communities around the country to imagine and practice racially just systems and structures. Through this award, Boston and MassArt will redistribute Surdna’s funds to artists and will provide direct support and technical assistance.

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Jamaica Plain Cancer Survivor Will Walk Jimmy Fund Walk with Son

Jamaica Plain resident Katherine Walsh will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk as a way to give back to Dana-Farber for saving her life. In 2010, Walsh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she was a graduate student earning her Ph.D. She was actually working in a research lab at Dana-Farber during this time. After her diagnosis, she took a break from her Ph.D and was treated at Dana-Farber. "When I was sick,” said Walsh. “I really benefited from the resources at Dana-Farber.”

Once she entered remission and finished up her Ph.D program, she knew she wanted to give back to the hospital that saved her life.

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JP Students Earn Honor Roll at St. Sebastian’s School

The St. Sebastian's School is proud to announce the following Jamaica Plain students were named to the Third Quarter Honor Rolls under the following categories:

High Honors: A- or above in all subjects
Honors with Distinction: B or above in all subjects
Honors: B- or above in all subjects
Effort: Marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects
Superior Effort: Marks of 1 in all subjects
The following students are from Jamaica Plain:
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 9, High Honors, Effort
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 7, High Honors, Effort
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 7, High Honors, Effort

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Boston Main Streets Foundation Giving Grants to Help JP Small Bizs Impacted by COVID-19

In an effort to support the storefront small businesses across Boston’s 20 Main Street districts, the Boston Main Streets Foundation (BMSF) has established a $100,000 COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. BMSF is seeking the public’s help to supplement this initiative through online crowdfunding donations. The Boston Main Streets Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will distribute $1,000 grants to affected small businesses that:
• Are located in one of the 20 Boston Main Streets districts
• Are based around face-to-face/in-person contact (i.e. salons, barber shops, storefront retailers)
• Are “non-essential” businesses as defined by Governor Baker's Emergency Order
• Have ten (10) or fewer employees, with preference given to sole proprietors and “microbusinesses” with five (5) or fewer employees
Grants can be used to pay business rent and/or utilities; buy inventory or goods to resell; pay employees or pay the business owner/manager themselves; or pay other business expenses. Any business that receives a grant must submit a W-9 tax form. Applications opened on April 1; apply online at www.bostonmainstreets.org/covid.

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