Cambridge After-School Programs Win Additional Funding

City Sprouts teaches kids about nutrition and biology by helping them grow their own vegetables.

City Sprouts teaches kids about nutrition and biology by showing them how to grow their own vegetables, like these peppers from the Cambridgeport School. Photo by Kristen Emack via Cambridge Day.

Christmas came early for Cambridge’s City Sprouts and East End House after-school programs. Both groups recently received five-figure “quality enhancement” grants from the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The money is intended to fund an expanded menu of STEM-focused service-learning summer programs and to expand the amount of time our kids spend learning outside the classroom.

Congratulations to everyone at City Sprouts, East End House, and their partners at the Cambridge Public School District—you continue to make us proud every single day.


Join East End House and the CPD for a Community Cruise

Charles Riverboat Company at the Cambridgeside Galleria

The Charles Riverboat Company docks at the Cambridgeside Galleria.

The annual East Cambridge Crime Prevention Meeting and Boat Cruise will take place tonight, September 19. The boat will leave the Charles Riverboat Company at the Cambridgeside Galleria at 6:00pm, so the organizers have asked that people arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 for boarding.

Once you’re on the river, pizza and light refreshments will be served as neighbors will have the chance to speak with police officers and detectives in an informal setting. I’ve always believed that community members and public safety officials need to work hand-in-glove, and events such as this boat cruise are a great way to build trust and open lines of communication.

The weather’s been beautiful, and with luck, this boat cruise will include a sunset. I hope you’ll attend!

East End House Summer Block Party this Wednesday

The East End House will be holding its annual Summer Block Party on Wednesday, August 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a fun family event with barbecue, ice cream, face painting, games, live music, and more. The Block Party is a free community event and all are welcome. Hope to see you there!

The East End House is located at 105 Spring Street in East Cambridge.

East End House Visits the State House

BOSTON – State House, Beacon Hill map
Additional photos here

I had the opportunity to host a group of students from the East End House (105 Spring St, Cambridge) for a tour of the State House. The group learned some Massachusetts history from the State House tour guides, including the mystery of what’s under the Golden dome.

After the official tour, we took a trip to the House chamber and out onto the floor.

Dave Madden and the East End House students take a turn at the podium.

They had a chance to explore and ask questions from the same seats legislators have cast their votes from for over 200 years. Could we be seeing the next generation of legislators and public servants in this group?

We finished the Friday visit with hot chocolate and donuts back in my office. All in all it was the perfect ending to a busy week. They were a great group and I hope they had as much fun as I did.