“What are you doing this summer?” For many students and families in Dorchester, this is a difficult question to answer. According to the National Summer Learning Association, lack of access to summer learning programs is responsible for more than half of the achievement gap between high- and low-income students.
To bridge this gap, the Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI) and the Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative (CLI) held the sixth annual DFSI Community Night resource fair on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:30PM. Laura Santel, one of our SCI AmeriCorps Members serving in Dorchester was one of the primary organizers of this event. Nearly 300 people gathered in the Lee Complex cafeteria, including 197 students and family members from the Fifield, Holmes, Lee Academy, and Lee Elementary Schools and 95 other individuals including event organizers, program representatives, and city officials. Those in attendance enjoyed student performances; guest speakers, including Mayor Menino; a free dinner; and information on summer programs in and around Dorchester.