Eliot Portfolio Reader Program Brings Together 8th Graders With Community Professionals

The Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston’s North End brought its 8th graders together with community professionals for its annual Portfolio Reading Program. As they prepare for high school, the 8th graders shared their Eliot journey, showing who they are across multiple disciplines.

All of the students were eager to tell their stories about their past, present and most importantly their future plans as they head off to their accepted high schools. They also expressed how their families, teachers, and community partners have contributed to the shaping of who they are as students/scholars and most importantly citizens in our society.

From the community, participating were Priscilla Burns (Old North Church), Miguel Gomez-Ibanez (North Bennet Street School), Maria Lanza (Mayor’s Office, North End), Katie Theodore (NBSS), Bryan Flynn (Mayor’s Office, Roxbury), Manuel Esquivel (Mayor’s Office, Infrastructure/Energy), Philip Frattaroli (Ducali Pizzeria), Carl Ameno (former Nazzaro director), Yissel Guerrero (Mayor’s Office, Beacon Hill), Antonio Arvelo (Excel HS), Matt Conti (, and Natailia Urtubey (Mayor’s Office, Imagine Boston 2030).

Below is the Eliot Story Video:

The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on June 15, 2018, 9 a.m. at Old North Church.