Carl Allen via Crowdrise
April 08, 2013
BENEFITING: BOSTON RISING INC
ORGANIZER: BOSTON RISING INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
Mileage Tracker: 117
Hi Friends, Family, and Colleagues,
This year, I'm running the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon to raise money for the William Monroe Trotter School in Boston.
My fundraising goal is $7,000 - and Boston Rising will match up to $5,000 of what I raise! Your contribution through this page will help to purchase needed technology to support the great work of the Trotter School in turning around the lives of their students and also helping to bring up the whole Grove Hall neighborhood. I worked with the Trotter School in their important "Turnaround" work for the last two years and I believe in the team there and the work they're doing!
Read all the details below - and also stay tuned for some more fundraising antics I might come up with to try to get your support! I'll also be updating my training mileage (to total over 350 miles between now and Marathon Monday!) In the meantime...
Please contribute!! Thanks for your support!
About William Monroe Trotter School
The William Monroe Trotter School is a K1-5 elementary school located in Grove Hall on the Dorchester/Roxbury line. The school's mission is to ensure, inspire and develop the academic and social emotional growth of all of its learners as they aspire to reach academic excellence.
Grove Hall is a neighborhood that since the 1960s has seen a great deal of blight and decline - with a poverty rate of 29% - 9 points higher than the City of Boston as a whole and nearly three times the US average. Additionally, the Grove Hall neighborhood surrounding the Trotter School has a high rate of adults without a college or even high school education, and it has the highest rate of youth crime and gun violence in Boston. This is part of the reason why the Trotter is in the epicenter of the City's "Circle of Promise", an area where much has been focused around building up the neighborhood.
The Trotter School has, for the last several years, been designated as a "Turnaround School" and as such, the whole district, the school's dedicated leadership team, and all the school's staff and partners have been making great strides - truly turning the school around for the betterment of its students and their neighborhoods.
I'm living in Jamaica Plain - not far from Grove Hall, the Trotter's neighborhood. I've been working for the last two years for the Boston Public Schools - first in the Office of Accountability and now as Director of Transportation. I devote my every day to improve the services the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools provide for its students and families - and this is just an extension of that. I'm excited, also, to finally move beyond my (alleged) "banditry" in the last two years' Boston Marathon and to put forth a solid and "official" effort to help the Trotter School! I'm shooting to beat my first year (unoffical) time of 3:47!
What the Trotter will do with the Money Raised
The money would be used to purchase new computers and projectors for classrooms. Many of the Trotter's teachers have old computers in their classrooms which are no longer capable of running some innovative and new software programs the school already owns and which will propel student learning. For example, the school has a new math curriculum, Envision, Kurzweil, a text to speech reading software program that supports both our special education and ELL students, and Reading Counts which supports independent reading. In addition, teachers currently are not able to administer reading tests on Lexia, which is a crucial tool to measure improvement in student literacy.
These purchases will reduce the “technology gap” that currently exists which puts the Trotter's students at a severe academic disadvantage. The tools will also improve educational advancement by improving student engagement and attention since it is a medium that is more interactive and dynamic.
About Boston Rising
Boston Rising is an antipoverty fund. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty once and for all in Boston by clearing the way for the next Rising Class. We do two things: we mobilize resources and we invest for huge impact.
A quality education is a key driver for anyone looking to build a better life for him or herself. Among other investment areas, Boston Rising is committed to funding initiatives along an education continuum from cradle to career readiness. Our approach is to invest in the ecosystem of schools in and surrounding Grove Hall, with the objective of strengthening these institutions. At the same time, Boston Rising works to increase access to and choice among outstanding educational opportunities for residents of the neighborhood.
Boston Rising is using this year's marathon as a tool to reach our investment goals in the area of education, benefitting the William Monroe Trotter School, Boston Latin Academy, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, and the Higgison-Lewis Middle School.
Proceeds from this year's Marathon will:
- Enhance student engagement and learning efficiency through increased access to technology
- Extend library after-school hours
- Provide subsidies for students to attend field trips who would otherwise be unable to pay
- Support the formation of additional student clubs