Thursday, May 23, 2013
Named in memory of Charlestown High School graduate Alray Taylor, the program helps students return to school for post-secondary degrees or certificates.
Boston public school students who are looking for a second chance at college are encouraged to apply for a scholarship program designed to help them earn that degree. The Alray Scholars Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 for public school students who left college early and want to go back for their degrees. The scholarship is named in memory of Alray Taylor, a Mission Hill native and Charlestown High School graduate who left college early but had plans to return when he was tragically shot just a few days before his 22nd birthday, in August 2006. “Alray's death was crushing to the many family and friends who had been touched by his warm heart. The Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship was founded to honor his memory by assisting…
Monday, May 20, 2013
The students spent time with reenactors from the 54th Regiment and Buffalo Soldiers.
Charlestown High School ROTC cadets got a history lesson at the African American Veterans Memorial last weekend, spending time with members of the 54th Regiment (as seen in the movie "Glory") and with reenactors from the Buffalo Soldiers.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Boston officials recently attended a ribbon cutting for the Charlestown elementary school's new playground and outdoor learning space.
On a beautiful, sunny Friday morning—the kind that seem tailor-made for outdoor fun—Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown celebrated the grand opening of its new, improved schoolyard. At a ribbon cutting ceremony held outside the school’s renovated Bunker Hill Street entrance, Harvard-Kent Principal Jason Gallagher, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, Mayor Tom Menino and Boston Schoolyard Initiative representative Kathy McHugh thanked the many people who made the project possible and spoke about the great things happening daily at Harvard-Kent and throughout the public school system. “I want to thank everyone for joining us on this special day, a day that we celebrate the revitalization of the Harvard-Kent …
The MGH Institute of Health Professions celebrated commencement on May 9.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Diploma Plus students focused on the effects of substance abuse during a recent week-long program.
Students in the Diploma Plus program at Charlestown High School recently participated in an interdisciplinary week of study called “Ecological Systems: Scrutinizing the War on Drugs.” Students looked at the effects of substance abuse, imprisonment, and poverty on individuals, neighborhoods, cities, and America as a whole. Students asked deep questions about the ramifications of certain social policies and laws, and they studied the ways we understand addiction both scientifically and culturally. “There was a lot of debate this week,” Charlestown resident and Diploma Plus student Priscilla Chiu said. “We talked about all the ways drugs affect people.” One topic Chiu learned about was the prison system, especially the financial costs related…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Dr. Pam Eddinger will take over following the retirement of Mary Fifield on July 1.
Bunker Hill Community College has named a new president. Following a six-month search, the college—with campuses in Charlestown, Chelsea and the South End—has named Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger as its new president. Eddinger comes to Bunker Hill from Moorpark College in California, where she has served as president since 2008. Prior to that, she worked as vice president of MassBay Community College in Wellesley. After receiving the unanimous recommendation of the BHCC Board of Trustees on April 22 and the approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on April 30, Eddinger will take the helm on July 1, following the retirement of president Mary L. Fifield, who served as BHCC president for more than 16 years. “We found in Dr. Eddinger …
The fundraiser will help support the Charlestown school's art enrichment program and technology improvements.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Business major Valter Gomes was selected for the award along with 28 other students from Massachusetts institutes of higher learning.
A Bunker Hill Community College student this week was named one of "29 Who Shine" at colleges across Massachusetts. Valter Gomes is a business major at BHCC, which has a campus in Charlestown, and was one of 29 public college and university students to be recognized for their academic achievements and civic contributions to the Commonwealth. Gomes, an honors student who is co-president of the BHCC Sustainability Club, spearheaded the “Rethink the Way You Drink" campaign, which led to the installation of a water hydration system at BHCC's Charlestown campus. "Valter arrived at Bunker Hill Community College with a strong interest in sustainability and a passion for entrepreneurship," according to his bio posted on the 29 Who Shine Awards …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The annual event raises funds for scholarships and curriculum enhancements.
Tuesday, April 30
The Good Shepherd School, founded in 2009, is holding its fourth annual fundraising event—a silent auction which is open to the entire Charlestown and greater Boston communities. The event, named “Spring is Sprouting”, helps the school provide scholarships to families as well as enhance the school’s facilities and curriculum. “Good Shepherd’s mission includes serving the diverse range of families in our community as well as cultivating the intellectual and emotional well being of our children. Our annual fundraiser is essential to fulfilling our mission and keeping our program affordable for families. It helps us bridge the gap,” said Nicolette Clifford, GSS Director. “We’re excited that this year’s event is taking place right in our …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Local high school juniors and seniors can shop for free dance gear at the event.
Boston area teens looking for a little help getting ready for prom can shop for free at a special boutique this Saturday. Organized by United Sisters of Color, ABCD Health Services and At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to pick up new prom dresses, suits, tuxedos and shoes at no cost. For months, the group has been collecting items to give away, and on Saturday, April 27, they will host a “Day at the Boutique” at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston. This program is open to all Boston area high school juniors and seniors, but registration is limited to the first 150 girls and 25 boys. Sign up online at dayattheboutique.eventbrite.com…