What does it mean to donate to a public school?
The short answer is that it can mean everything--to students, to teachers, to families, and to the community. Each year, when the City of Boston creates its budget, it allocates a lump sum to the Department of Education, which then allocates a dollar amount to each district, using a formula that builds in "weights" for schools with higher needs than others. One of those districts, Boston Public Schools, then distributes its allocation to the 57 schools in the district, including Boston Green Academy.
It is no secret that there is never enough funding to provide BPS students with the fully rounded compliment of supports and opportunities that more affluent districts seem to have. But here is where there is opportunity for you to make a difference. BGA is a Horace Mann school which means, in addition to having autonomy over our hiring, curriculum development, and teaching and learning practices, we can also raise funds to supplement our budget allocation and provide more academic, social and emotional supports, enrichment and out-of-school opportunities.
Just a few of the amazing opportunities that donations help to provide BGA students include a trip to Puerto Rico to help clean-up efforts after Hurricane Maria, the men's M.O.R.E. group trip to Washington D.C., and our whole-school Thanksgiving dinner.