JP’s Lorena Lopera Named to Boston School Committee

Acting Mayor Kim Janey named two new Boston School Committee members, including Jamaica Plain resident Lorena Lopera. Along with Lopera, Polanco Garcia of South Boston was also named to the School Committee. Lopera is a Boston Public Schools parent and Executive Director of Latinos for Education, New England, which is a national organization dedicated to creating leadership pathways for Latinos in education. She is currently co-chair of the Hurley K-8 School Site Council. She has been very involved with organizations focused on expanding educational access for Latinx youth and students of color, including Roxbury-based Sociedad Latina, La Vida, Inc., and Building Excellent Schools, plus national organizations such as City Year and the Posse Foundation, according to a press release.

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Jamaica Plain Schools to Benefit from EdVestors Arts Expansion Grants

Four Jamaica Plain schools are among 75 schools that are receiving $400,000 worth of arts expansion grants from EdVestors. EdVestors is working with more than 35 arts partners across the city. These grants for the 2021-2022 school year take on new significance in light of results of a longitudinal study released last month detailing the benefits of arts education, including increased student and parent engagement and improved attendance for all students. In Jamaica Plain, four schools will receive grants to work with arts partners, and one organization will be the arts partner to schools in different neighborhoods. The Mission Hill K-8 School and Boston Teachers Union K-8 School are working with Rehearsal for Life, an urban improv organization, as its arts partner.

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Petition to Repair Murphy Field Gains Steam

A petition was recently created asking the city to improve the Murphy Field, and last week residents testified at city hearings, urging money be allocated to fix up the well-used site. As of June 6, more than 700 people had signed the online petition created by Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) board president Alf Gracombe. "The playing surface, surrounding fences and backstops, lighting systems, and concrete bleachers are in clear need of an upgrade. Ever-growing youth sports programs like Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) and the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League (baseball) rely on spaces such as Murphy to run their programs that provide athletic opportunities for the children of JP, Roxbury, Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. The crisis is already upon us.

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Jamaica Plain Students Earn St. Sebastian’s Honor Roll

St. Sebastian's School is proud to announce the following Jamaica Plain students who were named to the Third Quarter Honor Roll. under the following categories: High Honors: A- or above in all subjects, Honors with Distinction: B or above in all subjects, and Honors: B- or above in all subjects. Students received honor roll under the following categories: High Honors: A- or above in all subjects, Honors with Distinction: B or above in all subjects, and Honors: B- or above in all subjects. Students from Jamaica Plain:
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 8, High Honors
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 10, High Honors
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 8, High Honors

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