The best endings are not sad, but celebratory. That’s why at the end of each school year, we host a reception to honor our volunteers and partners for their dedication to the students in the Boston Public Schools. It’s a great opportunity for volunteers and partner organizations from all over the city to meet and get to know each other better, to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and look forward to what next year will bring. This June, our celebration overlooked the city and harbor at the Ryan Lounge (UMASS Boston), with refreshments generously donated from the Sam Adams Brewery.

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It was an evening filled with conversations and stories about the exciting and rewarding work that volunteers do with their students.  Especially inspiring were the stories of those volunteers and partner organizations that received awards this year for their continued commitment to the work they do helping students achieve. The winner of the Isabel G. Besecker Award, Georgie Marino, speaks about why being a Power Lunch mentor is so meaningful to her:


“When I walk in, and I have my child run out of his room and put his arms around my waist and say ‘I love Power Lunch,’ what more can you say?” –Georgie Marino

The William E. Russell School received the Pamela L. Trefler School Partner Award this year. Principal Tamara Blake speaks about the impact that Boston Partners in Education has in her school:


“I know the work the volunteers are doing in my building are making a difference and a big difference.”-Tamara Blake

You can read the bios of all the award winners here. Check back here soon for more interviews with the other award winners!