Dinner Celebrates Global Service of Boston Public High School Students

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The Boston Chapter of buildOn will celebrate Boston youth and their commitment to global service at its second annual buildOn Dinner, Thursday, June 6, at The Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rowes Wharf).

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"Through buildOn, BPS students become strong advocates for equity, both in their own communities and around the world." - Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools

The Boston Chapter of buildOn, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education, is celebrating Boston youth and their commitment to global service at its second annual buildOn Dinner. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at The Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rowes Wharf).

Proceeds of the buildOn Dinner will fund the construction of two schools in Senegal, Africa and the travel costs for thirty Boston Public School students and teachers to break ground on the schools. These students and teachers will spend seven days this summer working side-by-side with Senegalese villagers to bring education to children who need it most. Don Epperson, Partner of Digital Trek and Allan Hackney, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of John Hancock are the event co-chairs.

"In just two short years, we've grown from a standing start to over 60 kids in three schools engaged in community service activities in their neighborhoods, and will have built two schools in the most remote sections of Malawi and Senegal by summer's end,” said Alan Hackney, CIO of John Hancock. “The kids and teachers have formed terrific bonds and their future is bright. We're perfectly positioned to expand our reach to more and more kids here in Boston.”

The Boston Chapter of buildOn, formed in 2011, raises nearly $150,000 annually through the dinner and the Boston Marathon to support buildOn’s work with Boston youth and in developing countries. Last year the group funded a school in Malawi, Africa and sent 15 Boston Public School students and teachers to break ground on the school.

"buildOn empowers our Boston students to work collaboratively with those in communities across the globe where access to education is limited by inadequate infrastructure, financial resources, distance, gender, or other factors,” said, Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. “By traveling and partnering with local students and parents to build schools, our students gain invaluable skills and experiences while tangibly improving children’s educational opportunities. Through buildOn, BPS students become strong advocates for equity, both in their own communities and around the world.”

The buildOn Dinner features a silent auction, emotional stories told by local Boston students and an inspiring message from Jim Ziolkowski, buildOn’s CEO and Founder and author of the forthcoming book, Walk in Their Shoes (Simon & Schuster 2013).

Members of buildOn’s Boston Chapter include: Leslie Appleby, Don Epperson, Marta Fernandes, Christina Ferri, Julie Fouhy, Donnell Graves, Allan Hackney, Brian Haley, Nicole Pelletier, Judy Ryan, Kristina Skrehot, and Alina Swonger.

Individual tickets are $100 (limited availability), and table packages begin at $5,000. Please visit buildOn at http://www.buildon.org/events/boston-dinner or contact Kathleen Atkins, buildOn Director of Events & External Affairs at kathleen.atkins(at)buildon(dot)org for more information on individual ticket sales or sponsorship.

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 524 schools worldwide, with more than 81,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. The buildOn - Boston Chapter raises money to sponsor the construction of primary schools in buildOn project countries. Locally, they make an impact by engaging urban youth from Boston Public Schools in international school building. For more information, visit http://www.buildon.org.

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