6 06, 2021

These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

2021-06-06T10:51:25-04:00June 6th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

By Ginger DeShaney “Art is amazing,” said Erica Bayliss, age 10. “Art lets you express your feelings,” said Sean O’Keefe, 11.  “It’s kind of a fun way to relax,” said Nolan Brennan, 14. “I love it. I’ve drawn my whole life,” said Kay’ary King, 10. These were the answers to the question: What do you like about art? South Boston Online sat down for a Zoom call with these four artists from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club and the Club’s Arts Director, Anne Gordon. “They’ve really blossomed this year because they’ve been able to devote so much time to their art,” said Anne, who is retiring this summer. “They’ve really done some great work.” The three younger kids are in Anne’s [...]

27 05, 2021

Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

2021-05-27T20:25:07-04:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

By Ginger DeShaney Andrew Markarian is going from a graduating class of about 70 students at Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) to Syracuse University, which boasts about 15,000 undergraduates. While he may experience a bit of culture shock in the fall, he’s hoping growing up in South Boston will help him adjust to a big school. “South Boston isn’t that big, but it still has a huge community, and I feel the same with Syracuse,” said the son of Debbie and Thomas Markarian of South Boston. “I know it’s a large school but I feel like there still could be small communities all around. That’s the same with South Boston. It’s not that large but there are a bunch of things you can do and [...]

17 05, 2021

Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

2021-05-17T15:27:10-04:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

By Ginger DeShaney Staff members at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club just want kids to have a typical summer camp experience this year. “We're excited to get back to a little bit of normalcy,” said director of operations Tim Bothwell. “The staff is excited to get back to the fun aspect … Just having the positive energy of kids in the building and having fun and interacting with one other.” Added Caroline Moreno, membership director, “I would love for them to be able to have fun and be around each other again. So many of our kids have not seen each other and have not seen our staff for over a year now. It’s always good to make new friends and [...]

11 05, 2021

From Southie to Penn State: McRae Wiederer has Always Known her Career Path

2021-05-11T07:33:32-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on From Southie to Penn State: McRae Wiederer has Always Known her Career Path

A dog named Boo solidified McRae Wiederer's goal to become a veterinarian.  In second grade, the daughter of Ed Wiederer and Ginger DeShaney decided she wanted to be a vet. But she only lived with cats, so when she befriended Boo at the Paraclete Center, before she was even a student there, she asked the staff if she could walk the dog every once in a while to see if being a vet was something she really wanted. “I said I wanted to be a vet in second grade, but that’s just something second-graders say,” said McRae. “So I wanted to confirm that I wanted to be a veterinarian. And that’s what taking care of Boo did.” Her friendship with Boo -- and two Adventures [...]

12 04, 2021

Next Stop: Dartmouth

2021-04-12T20:54:33-04:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Next Stop: Dartmouth

Southie Sports Paved the Way for Adam Alto By Ginger DeShaney The wisdom Adam Alto gained from growing up in Southie will serve him well as he heads to the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College this fall.  “I’ll definitely continue the work ethic that I’ve learned from Southie,” said Adam, who is a senior at Belmont Hill School. “There’s a lot of lessons that I’ve learned here -- not just through school but through sports, through being with my friends -- that I’ll bring there.” The son of Carrie and Peter Alto plans to make some close friends at Dartmouth. “It really helped me in Southie,” Adam said. “I’ve known the kids I play hockey with and the kids I’m really close friends with since before [...]

5 02, 2021

Girl Power! Ollie Group Focuses on Skill Building, Leadership

2021-02-05T21:27:00-05:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Girl Power! Ollie Group Focuses on Skill Building, Leadership

By Ginger DeShaney Callie Eastman knows something about leadership. Through South Boston Neighborhood House’s Girls Group, she’s had training.   “It’s very important to learn about leadership,” said the 14-year-old South Boston resident. ”If you don’t know it, it won’t happen.” Girls Group is an SBNH program for girls ages 10-16 to learn new skills, build social skills, gain leadership skills, and improve interpersonal skills while making lasting friendships. Callie is a member of the Girls Group Ambassadors. These leaders help pick out activities, events, and places to go for the program. “These are girls I can rely on to ... be an example for the younger girls,” said Caitlyn DeCarlo, Education and Career Development Counselor at the Ollie.  Activities and topics for Girls Group include [...]

23 01, 2021

After-School Special: Boys & Girls Club Program Provides Some Normalcy

2021-01-23T14:45:08-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on After-School Special: Boys & Girls Club Program Provides Some Normalcy

By Ginger DeShaney The kids in the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club after-school program are part of something special … especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We’re in this thing together. We’re a team; we’re a club,” said Michael Letchfield, Program Director at the Club and the manager of the after-school program. “The kids think, ‘It was a difficult year but my Club was behind me and I was part of something.’ “The members really appreciate what they are getting,” Michael added. “It’s a special deal. The kids feel like partners in this.” Part of the mission of the Club’s after-school program -- especially now -- is to offer a respite.  “We try to provide some normalcy for the kids in this crazy [...]

14 01, 2021

Southie Student Finds His Posse: Thomas White Earns Prestigious Leadership Scholarship

2021-01-14T17:11:16-05:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Southie Student Finds His Posse: Thomas White Earns Prestigious Leadership Scholarship

By Ginger DeShaney Thomas White is the epitome of South Boston: hard-working, civic-minded, community-driven, and determined to make a difference. And he will be bringing those Southie qualities to Bucknell University next fall as a Posse Scholar.  The son of Anna and Langdon White, Thomas was officially announced as a Posse Scholar last week when he met the nine other students in his Posse.  “Southie has a strong community,” said Thomas, a senior at Boston Latin School. “I was scared of losing that sense of community when I went to school.” But the students in his Posse at Bucknell will have Thomas’ back and he’ll have theirs.  The prestigious leadership scholarship covers tuition for all four years at Bucknell, a highly regarded private liberal arts [...]

29 12, 2020

Learning to Adapt: South Boston Club Offers Remote Program

2020-12-29T17:03:02-05:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Learning to Adapt: South Boston Club Offers Remote Program

By Ginger DeShaney  It has been a tremendous challenge for parents to juggle their jobs AND their young kids’ remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston created the Remote Learning Program to help provide relief. The Edgerley Family South Boston Club is part of this innovation. Enrolled students “go to school” at the Club, where they log onto their computers for Zoom classes with their teachers. “The parents are definitely appreciative of what we are able to provide for their kids,” said Harry Duvall, the executive director of the South Boston Club. “There’s definite value in creating conditions where students can learn and study.” The Club offers a place that’s welcoming, safe, and comfortable, with an expectation of learning. [...]

5 12, 2020

Sons and daughters of Southie: Ten students receive Sports Hall of Fame scholarships

2020-12-05T15:36:02-05:00December 5th, 2020|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Sons and daughters of Southie: Ten students receive Sports Hall of Fame scholarships

By Ginger DeShaney Ten South Boston students were awarded $2,000 South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund scholarships Monday night, and each one of them was grateful to have grown up in Southie. The South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund held a Zoom ceremony on Monday night to honor the recipients for their hard work, academic excellence, dedication, community involvement, and citizenship. “All 10 of you truly deserve this,” said Moss Lynch, vice chair of the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund. Since its inception 25 years ago, the organization has awarded 201 scholarships worth $296,500. The grant program is educational in nature and services all South Boston high school graduates regardless of where they attend school.  [...]

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