Boston Public Schools students don’t often have a need to don Wellington Boots for class unless, however, they are among the nearly 90 kids who get to don a pair of “wellies” each morning before trudging through the salt marshes on Thompson Island – their outdoor classroom for the summer.
"The Haynes Early Education Center is an amazing school in Roxbury," said Malachi, who along with his four brothers attended and graduated from the Haynes ECC. "It was the foundation for my academic success." Malachi used to struggle with his speech, but thanks to his teachers, Ms. Mullen and Ms. Starx, he was able to receive the support he needed. "Speaking has become one of my strengths," said Malachi. In May, he put his speaking skills to the test during a meeting with President Obama, a forum for black and Latino boys that was held shortly after the Baltimore riots. During that gathering, Malachai left a strong impression on the president. Soon after meeting Malachi, President Obama referenced Malachi's remarks at a closed conference at Lehman College in the Bronx. President Obama told the group about the young man he had met. "Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love," the New York Times quoted Mr. Obama as saying.
On July 8, 2015, Boston Public Schools kicked off its Summer Meal Program, which provides free meals to all children under the age of 19. Many neighborhood children, parents, and community partners joined the festivities at the Ann M. Cole Community Center in Jamaica Plain.