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.
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.
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.