BPS, Boston Afterschool & Beyond offer expanded summer programming

Boston Public Schools is teaming up with Boston Afterschool and Beyond on an ambitious goal: enrolling nearly 28,000 students in summer recreational and enrichment programs.

Kicking off the effort Thursday at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School, BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius and representatives from youth-serving organizations detailed their plans to expand summer programming in an effort to help students recover after more than a year of remote learning and social isolation.

“This summer is the most important summer that I’ve ever seen in my entire career,” Cassellius said. “We have to get our kids fully engaged and that means we are going to have to reach out as community members, neighbors and parents to make sure that every student signs up, and has a summer plan this year.”

BPS and the nonprofit have collaborated for more than 10 years on summer programming. For this summer, BPS is investing $16.5 million to


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