We spruce up the oldest public high school in America for Earth Day

By Tim Rondeau

Nearly 30 employees volunteered with City Year Boston at English High School, Jamaica Plain, Mass. in a day of service Friday, April 28, to commemorate Earth Day.

US President Dean Seavers and Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, were on hand and kicked off the day.

“I’m always impressed by the dedication and stewardship displayed by our people,” Reed said to the group.  “We love being a City Year team sponsor for the English High School; coming together and doing something that’s positive and helpful for the students.”

The participating volunteers assembled more than 550 school supply kits, cleaned out two garden beds, painted outdoor benches, and picked up waste around the high school campus.

“National Grid has been a critical philanthropic partner with City Year Boston for many years, supporting our teams of AmeriCorps members and their service to the students of the Boston Public Schools,” said Kristen af Klinteberg, managing director at City Year Boston. “We are proud to work with National Grid on such worthy projects that benefit our local schools.”

We have partnered with City Year for more than a decade and we are currently in year two of a three year ($900K) partnership with the organization.

City Year works to ensure that students reach high school graduation on time, ready for college and success. Last year, 99% of students at National Grid sponsored schools met their minimum attendance requirements.

For more information on City Year, please visit their website.

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