December 18, 2017 (BOSTON) — Last Thursday, the top of Prudential Tower in Boston beamed red in support of Jumpstart’s work to help all young children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. On December 14, Jumpstart President & CEO Naila Bolus and special guests First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker, Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, and 32 Jumpstart AmeriCorps members from the Greater Boston area flipped the switch to light the Tower as a part of the Prudential Center’s annual 31 Nights of Light program.
Prior to the lighting of Prudential Tower, Jumpstart hosted a story hour in the Prudential Center, where young children and families enjoyed a reading of Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and created fun, snow-themed activities with our Jumpstart Corps members.
After the story hour, Jumpstart CEO & President Naila Bolus welcomed guests to the lighting ceremony, thanked Jumpstart Corps members, and introduced special guests, First Lady Lauren Baker and Joanne Chang to help flip the switch to light the tower red. First Lady Lauren Baker also addressed the audience, thanking Jumpstart AmeriCorps members for their service and the impact they have on the children they work with in Massachusetts.
“Jumpstart knows that its early education that can really make the difference for children, that can set them on a path for success when they enter kindergarten. And it’s all of you, our amazing AmeriCorps members here tonight that are helping make that happen for children, by consistently showing up, having intentional activities that support children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional competencies.” — Naila Bolus
Thank you to all who came to the event for helping to honor Jumpstart on this special night.