Seeing the Sights and Making a Difference

Early Childhood Education, Parent & Family Engagement, Who We Are | 07/28/2015

Allison Rubin
Marketing and Communications Director

I'm excited to combine my diverse communications experiences with my education background to promote Stand's work.

Earlier this month, Stand for Children members from the East Boston and Roxbury/Dorchester teams joined Stand organizers for a Boston Resource Scavenger Hunt. The event was designed to learn about the multitude of wonderful education resources our city has to offer.

Members began the day in Dudley Square, where they quickly identified the first location on their adventure: the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Opened earlier this year, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building now houses the Boston Public Schools central staff. The district decided to move its headquarters from its Court Street location to be closer to schools and the communities it serves. Members also acknowledged that the location is where the Boston School Committee meets biweekly to make important policy decisions.

Members then traveled to Copley Square, identifying the central branch of the Boston Public Library as the next stop. The Boston Public Library is home to many resources in the city, including the American Student Assistance College Planning Office, which offers free services to adults and students to help plan for college and identify sources of financial aid. The phrase engraved in the side of this beautiful building, “THE COMMONWEALTH REQUIRES THE EDUCATION OF THE PEOPLE AS A SAFEGUARD OF ORDER AND LIBERTY,” resonated with parents and staff.

The final clue led members to the Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House. Here, members discussed the importance of the community being civically engaged and advocating for their children’s education. Members shared anecdotes about their past trips with Stand to the State House, such as their visit earlier this year to kick off the Pre-K for MA campaign, and are excited to visit again in September to advocate for the Pre-K legislation.

Throughout the hunt across Boston, members proudly wore their Pre-K for MA t-shirts and collected pledge cards from local citizens. The event capped off with a delicious lunch and a raffle to recognize all of our members’ hard work over the past few months, with long-time member leader Elizabeth Neely winning two tickets to the New England Aquarium for her and her daughter Milana.

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