The second week of April is unlike any other week at Boston Green Academy. Students won’t be sitting at their desks or rotating between classes. Instead they’ll be off campus – hiking, biking, cooking, meditating, teaching, dancing, sailing, painting, protecting, exploring, discovering and engaging – with the Greater Boston community and beyond.
Project Week builds community: it removes boundaries between students and teachers and across grades and classes; it provides opportunities for physical and mental fitness and for making a difference in the world; it connects students to businesses, government, non-profits and cultural institutions; and it challenges comfort zones and provides a sense of place in the global community.
What are some examples of Projects?
- International Service Learning Trip: BGA students become leaders in environmental protection by restoring riverbeds in Boston and in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. They raise funds throughout the school year to make the trip happen – and will do it again in 2015!
Service & Therapy Animals: Do you love animals? Do you think it is cool that animals can actually help people live better lives? We will experience how horses, dogs and monkeys are trained, and will also learn some veterinary science. If you love interacting with animals this is the project for you.
Boston Bikes: If you love to bike, don’t miss out as we roll all over Boston in style. From Southie’s Castle Island to the Minuteman Trail, connecting all the way to Lexington and Concord, come explore Boston (and then some) on wheels!
High School All Over: Ever wonder what it would be like to be at a different high school or to live in a different community? In this project we will go to a number of different high schools – rich/poor/ suburban/urban – to compare and contrast what high school is like in other places, including Searsport, Maine!
Produce a Hit Single: This project is for people who love music production and performance. BGA students work together in a professional music studio to produce their very own hit single (and even a music video!) in one week.
Maple Leaf Student Exchange: The Exchange brings together Boston Public High School juniors with their Canadian counterparts. Boston and Canadian students spend one week in each other’s host city attending classes, visiting cultural landmarks, and learning about one another’s culture. For Project Week this group goes to Canada!
Why should you support Project Week?
Project Week has been deemed “the best week of school” – a week that changes the way students view their surroundings, their communities, their relationships and their futures. However, these experiences require funding – an amount that goes beyond what we receive from the State for salaries and school costs.
By sponsoring Project Week, your organization will be directly impacting all 340 Boston Green Academy high school students, 85% of whom are living at or below the federal poverty line. You will have the opportunity to brand the most popular and visible activity at one of our city’s up-and-coming public schools. By supporting Project Week at Boston Green Academy, your organization will be providing life-changing opportunities for the kids who need it most.