The Boston Public Schools Office of Welcome Services has established a new team (a volunteer corps: Team BPS) to encourage more families to become part of the Boston Public Schools — understanding that the more people who are involved and invested, the better the schools will be for all kids.

It’s just a twice a year commitment — and in return you get many things, including a deeper connection to the community of people in Boston who believe in public education. We are reaching out to those folks who have real experiences in the schools: parents of BPS kids (current or grads), alumni, BPS teachers, community partners who work in the schools, and more. Team BPS is a Call to Action to help spread the word about the many good things happening in our schools and for our students.

Help us reach our goal of 100 ambassadors signed up by the time we announce Team BPS in early May! Join Team BPS by May 5 and receive an invite to join the Mayor and the Superintendent at the official launch of the program on May 8 at the Copley Library!

It takes just 3 or 4 minutes to fill out this online interest form:
www.bostonpublicschools.org/teambps
Ambassadors will make a commitment to support BPS just twice a year (or more if you like) in any of the following ways:
• speaking at a workshop or event for parents considering BPS,
• writing letters to the editor or posting on listservs or blogs,
• calling prospective BPS parents who have asked to speak with someone who knows BPS, or
• talking informally to parents considering BPS on the ballfield, outside a swim class, you name it.
BPS will connect folks with simple volunteer opportunities. In exchange, ambassadors are provided with a short but important orientation, official “Team Wear,” and quarterly (but optional) networking and learning opportunities with folks such as the Mayor, Superintendent, School Committee members, and more. Finally, please feel free to share this email and link with friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members who might share your enthusiasm and interest in a project such as this. I hope you will sign up.

If you have questions about the program or would like more information, please contact Carolyn O’Brien, a consultant involved in setting up this program, at Carolyn.O’Brien@cityofboston.gov, 617-635-1346 or email Denise Snyder, Senior Director of Welcome Services at BPS at teambps@boston.k12.ma.us.

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