The start of kindergarten marks the beginning of a child’s educational future and here in Boston we believe nothing should hinder a child’s path to success. That’s why, in 2016, and in collaboration with Boston Public Schools, we launched Boston Saves as a three-year pilot program. Our goal was to build strong career pathways by helping families of BPS kindergarteners save money for their children’s college or career training. Throughout those three years, our efforts worked. We provided children’s savings accounts to 1,600 students from eleven BPS schools for a total of $80,000.
December 1 is going to be a busy day along Centre and South streets in Jamaica Plain. There will be two tree lightings with Mayor Walsh, a JP Library Book Sale and a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance and more across the area. The 23rd Annual Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour are tree lightings are taking place from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
The Boston Cultural Council announced the second round of Opportunity Funds, and two Jamaica Plain residents are receiving grants up to $1,000. In total, the city awarded $33,500 to 34 grantees across Boston's neighborhoods. “This second round of the Opportunity Fund truly exemplifies the diverse and talented array of artists whose work touches every neighborhood of our city,” said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. “I look forward to seeing these individuals excel in their art and enhance their communities with these grants.”
Nancy Marks will use the grant to bring The Opioid Project to several Boston neighborhoods. The Opioid Project is a series of community-based workshops and art exhibitions highlighting "the complex social narrative of addiction while giving space and ‘voice’ to all those connected to the opioid epidemic."
If you asked anyone working today, I bet they can remember their first summer job. It might have been flipping burgers, lifeguarding at the community pool, or helping kids as a camp counselor. Growing up, everyone in my neighborhood had a summer job -- it meant independence, and extra money in your pocket. I remember my first job -- I was a doughnut finisher at the Dunkin' Donuts in Andrew Square. The work wasn’t glamorous.
From around the world and across our nation, people look to Boston for hope, for opportunity, and for a chance to build a better life. From the first immigrant who set foot on the Shawmut Peninsula to the first student from Puerto Rico who stepped into a new classroom this fall, for nearly four centuries Boston has been more than the place we share. It’s the hope we bring. It’s our determination to show a better way forward, lifting one another up along the way. This spirit has continues to remain in Boston.