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Volunteers help prepare Hyde Park Education Complex for re-use in fall

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 11, 2012 12:04 PM

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Sandra Lopez Burke, vice president and executive director of City Year Boston, attended the service day with her daughter Julia.

About 80 volunteers turned out for a recent day of service to prepare the Hyde Park Education Complex to house two new schools in September.

The volunteers from Jeremiah E. Burke High School, English High School, Boston Scholar Athletes, Comcast, Bank of America, and National Grid joined City Year Boston and Boston Public Schools staff to paint classrooms and hallways in the building. Originally the Hyde Park High School, the facility has been vacant this school year after two high schools housed there closed and a third was relocated in 2011.

The building will be home to New Mission High School and Boston Community Leadership Academy for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

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A volunteer painted one of the main hallways.
“City Year Boston is excited to help BPS prepare the Hyde Park Education Complex for the students and staff of New Mission High School and Boston Community Leadership Academy,” said Sandra Lopez Burke, vice president and executive director of City Year Boston, in a statement released by the organization.

“A bright, engaging school environment sends a strong message to students and helps set the right expectations for learning, so we are honored to assist BPS with this very important project.”

In recent months, City Year Boston’s Civic Engagement team has worked with the Boston Public Schools Facilities Management team on projects across the complex to ensure the school building is ready for the students and teachers who will arrive in the fall. This June 2 day of service was the fifth at the complex. Altogether, nearly 350 volunteers have participated in the effort.

The work was managed by the Civic Engagement team, which is sponsored by the Foundation to be Named Later and includes five members who plan and execute projects to improve Boston Public Schools facilities.

For more information on City Year, visit http://www.cityyear.org/.

Follow Hyde Park on Twitter: @YourHydePark.

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Around 80 volunteers attended the event, including students from English High School and Jeremiah E. Burke High School and employees of Comcast, Bank of America, and National Grid.

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