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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JP’s JFK STEM Innovation School’s Pilot Program Honored by Non-Profit EdVestors

The John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation School was honored at non-profit EdVestor's 16th Annual Urban Education Showcase on April 10th. The JFK STEM Innovation School, located on Bolster Street in JP, was one of 10 Boston school-based projects recognized at the showcase that previously received seed investments of $10,000 each from EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund. The John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation School shared results of its pilot program, Engineering Design in Literacy, that integrates the Engineering Design Process into their literacy curriculum, according to a press release. Through the program students design solutions and create functioning prototypes to address challenges faced by characters in the books they are reading. The pilot program includes a partnership with Tufts University’s Novel Engineering program, teachers and students to create solutions found in fiction and non-fiction books.

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