Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara Visits Italian Home for Children; All Kids Receive Free New Balance Sneakers

Not only did 120 Italian Home for Children students meet Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara, but they also received a new pair of New Balance sneakers. Chara and Bruins mascot Blades visited the Home on Nov. 28. After greeting the students, he answered questions at the Home's Pallotta Educational Center. Along with the free New Balance sneakers, all of the children of the Italian Home's residential and educational programs received a Boston Bruins Winter Classic hat.

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Jamaica Plain Schools Lace Up For 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K

Students and staff members from four local schools will participate in the 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K on May 20 with funds raised going to support play and physical activity in 75 elementary schools across New England. Three Jamaica Plain-based schools -- the Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School, and the Mary E. Curley School -- and Hyde Park's Match Community Day School, will participate. The race is presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports, and is taking place on Franklin Park's cross-country course. The school team members will join an expected 1,000 participants who will run with the collective goal of raising $15,000 for Playworks New England. In its 11th year, the nonprofit, which is part of a national organization, brings play and youth development programming into schools during recess as a means to improve the health and well-being of children and to enhance learning through the power of play.

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