Fidelity Investments helps Roxbury's Dearborn Middle School and its students get ready for the school year
(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
Students at the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury will be heading into school year with proper supplies after employees and interns with Fidelity Investments paid a visit to the school Friday afternoon.
Bringing in armfuls of backpacks, notebooks, erasers, and pencils and putting smiles on the faces of a few of the students attending the school’s summer programs, Fidelity provided enough school supplies for all of the nearly 350 students that attend the school.
“Ninety-two-percent of our families qualify for free or reduced breakfasts and that shows you the resources our families need,” said Jose Durante, principal of the Dearborn. “Fidelity has gone above and beyond supporting the school. It shows the kids that companies that are big in Boston and the nation are there for us.”
In addition to the rulers and spiral bound notebooks, nearly a 100 interns with Fidelity descended on the school for a day of service, repainting classrooms and weeding the schools landscaping, making sure the school looks it’s best when students return for the school year.
“Our employees are passionate about this and it’s a way for them to get together and do some good,” said Marina MacVicar, community relations manager for Fidelity. “There’s something special here at the Dearborn and we are happy to be part of it.”
Friday’s visit was the third year that Boston based Fidelity visited the Turnaround School and the group is currently expanding its program to the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in what you are doing,” said Lily Derbyshire, 21, an intern with Fidelity and student at Castleton State College in Vermont. “But you have to step back and look at the bigger picture. We have to get back to the basics of giving back.”