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Winthrop Community Partners Sponsor Back-to-School Celebration and Cookout

Posted: August 22, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Back-to-School Celebration and Cookout

Monday, August 22, 2011
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Winthrop Park
(behind Winthrop School, 35 Brookford St)

Free food, live entertainment by a local musical artist,
games, face painting, raffle prizes, and give-a-ways.
Back-to-School Celebration
Youth and families from North Dorchester and surrounding communities are invited to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

Our goals include:
  • Youth will have fun celebrating the start of a new school year with family and community
  • Youth will get new backpacks and school supplies to start the year out right
  • Families will be given access to support services to guarantee a successful school year
Who is Helping?

Organizations that have committed to this event include:  

  • Ma & Pa's Cafe
  • TOUCH 106.1 FM
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • GRASP for Kids, Inc.
  • Reebok's BOKS Kids Before-School Program

How Can I Help?

We encourage businesses, community, residents and support organizations to get involved - donations, sponsor a table or just help out at the event.

Contributions:  backpacks, crayons, markers, highlighters, raffle prizes and other give-a-ways.

Tables for Families Services:

  • After-School programs
  • Community health resources
  • Family dynamics resources
  • Other support services for families
  • Spiritual programs

About the Event:  Community Making a Difference

Sophia Rice, Manager of Extended Learning Services for the John Winthrop Elementary School is a strong supporter of community; she reached out to Ma & Pa's Cafe just up the street from the Winthrop School. "Our Principal Laurie Carr is an AVID supporter of the Winthrop community" stated Rice.

It was at Ma & Pa's that Ms. Rice met Carolyn Macneil, Director or the Boston Police Department Neighborhood Crime, and they began strategizing about soccer camp.

Eddy Nunez, Owner and Madeline Colon, Manager of Ma Pa's Cafe located at 211 Blue Hill Avenue, maintains a great relationship with the youth. "When the kids come to our cafe, we always ask them about school," said Colon. "I wanted to make sure that kids returned to school in the fall with a great attitude."

So Ma & Pa's reached out to Sophia and Carolyn.  What can we do to make a difference in the lives of the kids?  

And that is how the Back-to-School Celebration got started. 

We are Grateful

We are grateful to
  • the Boston Police Department,
  • TOUCH 106.1 FM,
  • Nancy Conrad; Editor of Upham's Corner Online News,
  • Ryan Fitzgerald, Director of Athletics for Boston Center for Youth and Families,
  • Dr. Anderson Franklin, of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College,
  • City Year Boston,
  • Northeastern University Mural Club
  • Local businesses and organizations.
This incredible community support reflects a deep love for, and commitment to the kids that live here.


Sophia Rice
Manager of Extended Learning Services - Winthrop Elementary
P. 617.635.8379 | F. 617.635.9396

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