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Jazzing it up for METCO

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By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Thursday, April 7, the jazz ensembles from all four schools in Dover-Sherborn performed at Mudge Auditorium as part of the DS Jazz Spectrum Concert.

The event was used as a fundraiser for the METCO Family Friends program, and raised almost $800. There are 40 METCO students who attend the Dover-Sherborn school district, and those students come from Boston each day together on one bus. This makes it difficult for high school students who want to participate in after school activities such as sports to do those things because it can be difficult to get home.

“We decided to hold a fundraiser because we are always looking into supplementing our programming for the students, teacher training and transportation funds,” said Kate Potter, who is one of the parent METCO liasons.

Potter said that when older students stay late after school they are provided cabs to get home, but they only do this if there are at least two or three kids staying after school, and there is only enough money to do this a few times per week.

“The ideal situation would be to have more money to fund a regular after school van or something like that,” Potter said.

The Family Friend program pairs METCO students with Dover and Sherborn kids in the samae grade. It allows Boston students to spend time in the community while providing them connections within the local community. The goal is to form lasting and genuine relationships between students’ families.

To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Monique at the Dover-Sherborn METCO office at 508-785-0036 ext. 7131.

Robert Rosen is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at news@hometownweekly.net and followed on Twitter at @roberterosen.

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