Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hector: " I get to be a cowboy ! "

For three years Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts has been providing therapeutic horseback riding to students at the Josiah Quincy School.  Six elementary level students who are physically challenged are taken to the Bridge Center in Bridgewater, MA and get a chance to ride a horse with assistance. This is a 12-week program that serves up to 24 students.

"The Bridge Center is a fully accessible 20+ acre campus that offers year-round, summer camp, and equine assisted programs designed for children, teens and adults with special needs," says Lauren Havens, Program Director for Therapeutic Recreation at Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts.  The City of Boston provides the buses and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation supports the program at the Bridge Center.

“This is a great opportunity that helps students increase self-confidence and interest in learning,” adds Mr. Sacco, a teacher volunteer. “ This is a wonderful program and a fantastic opportunity for our amazing children! ”

Here are some quotes from students who participate in the program:

Hector:  "I love horseback ridding.  I get to be a cowboy."

Elvis: "Horseback riding is fun and it is the first time I have been on a farm."

Pedro: "Horseback riding is really good exercise.  I usually sleep all the way home."

Casady: "I go really fast on my horse."

Ajamu: " I talk to my horse, Roxy, every week.  I miss her when I can't come"

To learn more about this program visit: www.masscp.org 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hidden Gem Series: Mendell School

BPS has great schools and we want you to learn more about them. This month we are kicking off our “Hidden Gem Series.” This series will highlight a school that is doing amazing work. We will give you an inside look at what’s happening in classrooms across the district. You will also hear from principals, teachers, and support staff at the school.

Our “hidden gem” for this month is the Mendell School located in Roxbury, MA.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

If you want to tell us about your school please forward to the Communications office or email tdasilva@boston.k12.ma.us and your school maybe featured next month!


Success Boston College Month

October is College Month and cities across the country are helping students prepare for college.  In honor of college month, Boston Public Schools and Success Boston has teamed up for Success Boston College Month.   Events and resources will be provided to students and parents to aid them through the college process.

“Our students in Boston are brilliant and talented, and it is our job to make sure they are well positioned for competitive post-secondary scholarships, college and career opportunities,“ says Marsha Inniss-Mitchell – Director of College Readiness Initiatives

Please take a look at the attached calendar for a list of opportunities and resources: