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Rafael Hernández Bilingual K-8 Seeking Experienced Fundraisers!

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FRIENDS OF THE RAFAEL HERNANDEZ SCHOOL INC

The Rafael Hernández Bilingual School is committed to working with our parents and the community within a diverse, nurturing environment in which students use Spanish and English as constructive tools for learning. We believe students, teachers, and parents should work cooperatively to set and achieve goals that maximize each student’s potential, and that develop courageous learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.

Normally, our students have access to a range of quality, affordable out-of-school programs: from African Drum and Dance classes, yoga, and JumpStart to Karate, Peace through Play, America Scores Soccer, robotics, and more. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, none of our programs are open this year. This has put additional stress on our working families who heavily depend on us for quality, affordable out-of-school childcare. While we are in the midst of negotiating alternative off-site programs in collaboration with the YMCA and Franklin Park Zoo, their price points currently exceed FOH’s available resources by nearly $42,000.

Friends of the Hernández (FOH) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to support and advocate for the Rafael Hernández K-8 Dual Language Immersion School and the surrounding community. We are on the search for any volunteers with previous fundraising experience to help us send our 50 highest-needs students to alternative programs. These programs will provide our highest-needs students with structured environments where they can continue learning, growing, and most importantly, receiving the in-person support they need.

Our work is made possible by generous volunteers like yourself. If interested, please contact our Data and Communications associate Lilydahn Stewart at development@friendsofthehernandez.org or 603-443-1266

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Location:

61 SCHOOL ST, ROXBURY, MA 02119, US

Mission Statement

The Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School is committed to developing courageous learners, effective communicators and responsible citizens. Using both Spanish and English as constructive tools of learning, the school is committed to working with parents and the community to create a diverse, nurturing learning environment that supports all students. In the years since the establishment of the Friends of the Hernández, the organization has grown and adapted to school needs. Our primary mission is to work collaboratively with families, school staff, neighborhood residents, suburban partners, businesses and non-profit groups to help meet the educational, social, emotional, cultural and recreational needs of the Hernández School and neighborhood families. Our goal is to create multicultural programs that enhance the quality of life for children and families, improve the academic achievement of students and increase access to visual and performing arts.

Description

The Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School is a city-wide Boston public school that serves 425 students in grades pre-K through 8th grade. Located in Roxbury, it is internationally recognized as one of the premier two-way language schools in the United States - all subjects are taught in both languages in every grade. Most children enter the school with one primary language - either English or Spanish - and graduate fluent in both. The school's demographics reflect the neighborhood in which it is located, with 75% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and 94% children of color. Our successful language immersion program attracts many families whose first language is not English, and 61% of our students are English Language Learners.

In 2001 Friends of the Rafael Hernández School, Inc. (FOH) was established as the school’s 501 (c)(3) affiliate, with the goal of seeking additional resources to develop an after school center, enhancing the use of the playground and funding special school projects. Since that time, FOH has continued that work, running the Hernández after school, acting as the fiscal agent for the school’s Parent Council fundraising, and overseeing the fundraising and project development of our art program, "Arte, Cultura y Identidad."

Children & Youth
Crisis Support
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum of 2-3 hours per week. Time commitment depends on the volunteer's availability and level of interest.

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