4 JP Public Schools to Benefit from $450K in Arts Expansion Grants

The Hennigan K-8 School, English High School, JFK Elementary School and Community Academy are four of dozens of schools that are receiving more than $450,000 in grants to provide arts instruction. The grants are part of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion initiative, which has schools working with more than 30 arts partners to provide long-term direct arts instruction for the 2018-2019 school year. These grants are supported by BPS Arts Expansion funders including the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenweiser Foundation, Klarman Family Foundation and Linde Family Foundation. Boston officials, BPS and EdVestors announced the latest round of grants as part of this week’s BPS Citywide Arts Festival on June 14. “We believe that all Boston residents should have the ability to engage in creativity and be part of Boston’s rich arts and culture scene, so it is so exciting to have so many of our BPS students showcasing their talents throughout the Citywide Arts Festival this week,” said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.

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Walsh, Jackson, City Council Candidates to Attend Forum at English High School on Oct. 4th

There will be a public candidates forum with mayoral and at-large Boston City Council candidates at English High School on Oct. 4th. The forum is being hosted jointly by Boston's Ward 8 (South End, Roxbury), 9 (Roxbury, South End), 10 (Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain), 11 (Jamaica Plain, Roxbury) and 19 Democratic Committees (Jamaica Plain, Roslindale). The forum will begin with a meet and greet session with district city councilors who represent the wards. Both Mayor Marty Walsh and District 7 City Councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson are scheduled to attend. Walsh easily came in first in the Sept.

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National Grid, City Year Team Up to Spruce Up English High School

Nearly 30 National Grid employees volunteered with City Year Boston at English High School in Jamaica Plain for a recent day of service. National Grid’s US President Dean Seavers and Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, were on hand and kicked off the day. “I’m always impressed by the dedication and stewardship displayed by our people,” Reed said to the group. “We love being a City Year team sponsor for the English High School; coming together and doing something that’s positive and helpful for the students.”

The participating volunteers assembled more than 550 school supply kits, cleaned out two garden beds, painted outdoor benches, and picked up waste around the high school campus. "National Grid has been a critical philanthropic partner with City Year Boston for many years, supporting our teams of AmeriCorps members and their service to the students of the Boston Public Schools,” said Kristen af Klinteberg, managing director at City Year Boston.

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Arbour Hospital Donates Kindle Fires to English High School Library

Arbour Hospital donated 10 Kindle Fires to English High School on March 23rd in an effort to help improve literacy, add technology to the suite of options at their recently renovated library, and better prepare students for life after graduation. Eric Kennedy, CEO of Arbour Hospital, presented the donation to Headmaster Dr. Ligia Noriega-Murphy, who was joined by English High students and Brian Murphy, director of outpatient services at Arbour Counseling Services. Arbour Hospital is located  on Robinwood Avenue in Jamaica Plain and provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents dealing with mental illnesses.

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Car Fire at English High School in Jamaica Plain

Boston firefighters quickly responded to a vehicle with flames showing from its hood in an English High School parking lot around 6 pm tonight, just after the conclusion of a football game at the adjacent field. Ivan Sanchez, who identified himself as the owner of the vehicle, stood by the scene, as firefighters used chainsaws to cut open the hood so they could extinguish the fire. "I parked it there and went to the field and when I came back it was on fire," said Sanchez, who was attending an English High School football game to watch his daughter, who is a cheerleader for the school. "I was scared." A Boston firefighter called in the fire and BFD personnel were quickly on scene to extinguish the flames, said Sanchez.

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