May
1
Sat
Walk Around the World for The Kerry Jon Walker Fund
May 1 – May 31 all-day
Students expressing their joy on a Kerry Jon Walker Fund intercultural learning trip in Rwanda, image by Kerry Fund Global Connections student, Khalid Mohamed

Proceeds create life changing opportunities for global awareness through intercultural learning trips for Boston Public School students

McGRATHPR.com – The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents Walk Around The World a one-month challenge from May 1 through 31, accumulating miles and impact to support The Kerry Fund’s mission to ensure that financially challenged youth from less advantaged communities enjoy cross-cultural, immersive experiences steeped in experiential learning, generating a global opportunity to serve.

Walk anywhere around the world this May with The Kerry Fund, and walk with purpose! Walk Around The World puts the spring in the collective step around the globe, with a goal for participants to collectively walk 24,901 miles, the earth’s full circumference. Participants may walk, jog, or run anywhere, anytime during the month of May in financial and social support. Supporters will log miles, get in shape and raise money while fulfilling the inherent human desire to do good.

“Life did not stop during the pandemic,” shares KJWF Founder Mikey Walker. “Education is imperative, and the youth of Boston Public Schools are our hope for the future.  Our fundraising efforts help create opportunities for local students in preparation for and during our intercultural learning trips.  Over time, our Global Connections alumni have impressed upon us the distances many Rwandans travel for water, food, school and medical care. We understand that fitness is imperative, and those endorphins are a perfect complement to the change of the spring season.”  Walker parallels her inspiration for the fundraiser in the Rwandan tradition of “Mucaka Mucaka”, the Rwandan community’s custom of passing the miles while blending song, dance and movement into the journey.

Founded in 2010, enhancing the education of youth is at the heart of The Kerry Jon Walker Fund’s mission.  Amongst its accomplishments, KJWF provided 3000 lbs. of books, maps and educational materials, as well as school uniforms, to village schools in Guinea, West Africa.  The community ranks amongst the poorest in the world, home to the region’s most deprived children.

A student enjoying a Kerry Jon Walker Fund intercultural learning trip in Rwanda, image by Kerry Fund Global Connections student, Khalid Mohamed

Since 2013, students supported by The Kerry Fund have traveled to Rwanda to experience the world beyond their neighborhoods.  Participants begin their commitment by studying Rwandan history, genocide and the road to reconciliation. They are inspired to be active in their own communities by creating service projects that raise social issue awareness while helping others in need, developing empathy as they experience the power of giving.

Each student’s knowledge culminates in travel to Rwanda, Africa.  For many this is their first air travel experience. Upon arrival at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), the students become immersed in an international culture and build life-long bonds with the Village’s resident orphaned teenagers. They learn local customs and engage in service projects that benefit the ASYV and Rwandan communities. These Kerry Fund opportunities inspire students to realize their potential impact as alumni and support their futures as local and global leaders for change.

To participate in Walk Around The World, visit thekerryfund.org/walk-around-the-world to register.  KJWF will email participants once weekly during the month of May, requesting a miles walked report logged by each participant.  Individuals may register as a gift donor, walker, group walk organizer or as an individual with pledged sponsors.  Participants are encouraged to share their journey on Facebook and Instagram utilizing the hashtag #walkaroundtheworld.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit thekerryfund.org.

About The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, promotes sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.  The Kerry Fund’s current mission programs provide financially challenged Boston teens with opportunities to engage in community service trips to aid orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The Fund is also the proud recipient of a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant. To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit thekerryfund.org, or follow the Fund on Facebook.

Jun
9
Wed
Summer@SSC ~ Creative Arts Programs at South Shore Conservatory
Jun 9 all-day

SSC’s summer semester kicks off Wednesday, June 9

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces its summer of exciting educational programs, June 9 – August 31 at its Hingham and Duxbury campuses. Summer@SSC includes in-person, hybrid and virtual individual and group classes.

“We’re thrilled to be back in action with the opportunity for safe in-person programming,” said SSC President Robert Cinnante. “Students can enjoy a summer of learning with friends, while stretching their horizons in both new and traditional creative arts programs. We believe that we can offer students and faculty alike an enriching experience, while keeping their safety front and center.”

Early childhood summer offerings at the Hingham campus include four weeks of Conservatory Kids, which engages students ages 3-5 in fun artistic, academic, and physical activities both indoors and outdoors. From June 14-19, Full STEAM Ahead inspires students ages 5-7 to build, create, experiment, think and work together with science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Students ages 5-7 are also invited to join the Peace Reader’s Book Club, a literacy enrichment program where students take a deep dive into fun, engaging literature, from June 21-25.

SSC’s Flute Symphony, recognized as the largest ensemble of its kind in the country, returns to the Hingham campus on Wednesday evenings from June 16-July 28. Flutists of all ages and levels are invited to participate.

A Summer Music Festival student,
courtesy image

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, SSC’s Summer Music Festival (SMF) offers woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students in elementary school through college the opportunity to perform in wind, band, orchestra, chamber, and jazz ensembles at the Hingham campus. Running from July 8-23, SMF 2021 features a number of exciting new initiatives including world premieres and new classes, all conducted in a safe environment that prioritizes smaller groups and outdoor rehearsals.

Middle and high school students can rock out August 2-6 with Rock Band Jam. Students have the chance to experience all the aspects of putting their own band together, including selecting music, composing and arranging, effective rehearsing, and useful stage presence tips. The program connects student rockers to perform their favorite tunes in a full rock band setting.

Families are invited to join in the fun of a Family Drum Circle with percussionist Ed Sorrentino on select Sundays at the Hingham campus.  Each session encourages teamwork and community-building, while having fun making in-the-moment music. No prior experience is necessary.

At SSC’s Duxbury campus, Piano Week invites pianists, ages 5-18 to explore the subject of music through the lens of the piano. The program explores music theory, music history, composition and songwriting, improvisation, and movement, as well as one-on-one lessons, group master classes, and performances.

SSC expects to add more programs, as well as performances, over the coming months. Learn more about South Shore Conservatory summer programs at https://summer.sscmusic.org/ or “Like” South Shore Conservatory on Facebook by going to https://www.facebook.com/SSConservatory.

About South Shore Conservatory

Having celebrated 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

Students enjoy Rock Band Camp, courtesy image

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.