Boston Renaissance gala raises funds for Mandarin and arts programs

By Julia L. Wong

 

Many of Boston’s prominent organizations, influential dignitaries and supporters gathered at Taj Boston on May 15 for the Champions for Children gala. The benefit helped fundraise for the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS), which teaches Mandarin to all students. Among the attendees were Diane Patrick, First Lady of the Commonwealth; Dana Mohler-Faria, president of Bridgewater State University; and Melvin King, Lifetime Achievement award recipient.

Diane Patrick, First Lady of the Commonwealth, spoke at the Champions for Children gala, hosted by the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School on May 15 at the Taj Boston. (Image courtesy of Julia L. Wong.) 州長夫人Diane Patrick參加5月15日波士頓文藝復興特許委辦公立學校舉辦的兒童擁護之夜晚宴在Taj Boston酒店。(圖片由黃秋梨提供。)

Diane Patrick, First Lady of the Commonwealth, spoke at the Champions for Children gala, hosted by the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School on May 15 at the Taj Boston. (Image courtesy of Julia L. Wong.)

The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School is a preschool to sixth grade school focusing on developing students into “Renaissance” men and women, well-rounded individuals who excel in many different subjects. Throughout the evening, students from the school displayed their work in a variety of subjects, including visual arts, music, Chinese language and culture. Mandarin Chinese has been taught at the school as a second language for all grades since 2009.

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School students welcome guests to the annual gala on May 15 at the Taj Boston. (Image courtesy of Julia L. Wong.) 波士頓文藝復興特許委辦公立學校的學生出席該小學舉辦的兒童擁護之夜晚宴。(圖片由黃秋梨提供。)

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School students welcome guests to the annual gala on May 15 at the Taj Boston. (Image courtesy of Julia L. Wong.)

As the evening progressed, vocals from the Voice of Renaissance choir lured guests into the ballroom for a special treat. The 40 members of the choir sang an array of inspiring songs. Most importantly, they emphasized the principles of the school: wisdom, hard work, courage and compassion. Kim Khazei from Channel 7 news was the mistress of ceremonies and she shared her father’s advice that education is everything.

Roger Harris, BRCPS superintendent and CEO, described the school’s goal “to widen the path for those coming behind us” by giving our students “educational opportunities and to teach them that there is a world beyond their neighborhood.” Students learn Chinese beginning in kindergarten and later have the opportunity to travel abroad to China to further their knowledge.

A live auction with items such as dinner for six with Mayor Marty Walsh and generous contributions from the attendees helped raise close to $50,000 in funding, making the night a success.

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