Thursday, September 18, 2014

14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade Wrap-up

(East Boston, MA; September 15, 2014)....On Friday, September 5, 2013, East Boston Main Streets in association with Countdown to Kindergarten, local partners, and 25 local businesses held the 14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade in East Boston. 

For the first time, East Boston Main Streets announced a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings account.  This scholarship was made possible through the generous contribution of AirMall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to perfect attendance during this coming school year.  EBMS and AirMall, in partnership with BPS will announce those Kindergarteners with exemplary attendance on a quarterly basis.  The winner will be announced at next year’s Parade.

With over 600 total participants, this year’s event was the largest Countdown Parade yet.  Just shy of 450 rising kindergarteners accompanied by parents, siblings, and care-givers marched down Meridian Street from Central Square to Maverick Square.  Along the way volunteers from 25 local businesses graciously filled the children’s’ backpacks with school supplies.  The children then returned to Central Square to special activities ranging from fingerprinting with the Sheriff’s department to face-painting, from hearing stories read by our librarian to special experiments from the science museum.  Lunch was graciously donated by Carlo’s Market and Deli and the music was provided by DJ Regalio Castro.

East Boston Main Streets and its partners would like to thank all the volunteers!

The East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade is brought to you by: Countdown to Kindergarten, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Family Engagement Network 

Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Airmall 

Thank You to our Sponsors: Councilor Sal Lamattina, Stae Representative Carlo Basile, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Councilor Michelle Wu, Councilor Stephen Murphy, Councilor Michael Flaherty, East Boston Kiwanis, East East Boston Foundation, Boston Rotary, Webster First FCU, First Priority CU, East Boston Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Mass Port, Suffolk Downs, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, East Boston Social Centers, East Boston YMCA, Logan Chiropractic, Stop & Shop

Thank You to all Business Participants: APAC, Balloon City, Bellino Insurance, Boston Fire Department, Carlos Deli, Boston Public Schools, Cradles to Crayons, District 7 Police Station, Taste of Eastie, DJ Rogelio, Omar & Oscar, Blanco & Negro, East Boston Dental Associates, Savers, East Boston Savings Bank, Logan Beauty Salon, East Boston District Court, East Boston Headstart, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Thrive in Five, East Boston YMCA, Museum of Science, East Boston Social Centers, El Paisa Central Square, Michael’s Beauty Salon, Kool Smiles, El Poder Musical, Little Folks Day Care Center, Suffolk Downs, Manuel Macias Law Office, East Boston Family Dental, MBTA, MP&CO, McDonalds, Michael D’Avolio Law Office, Prime Lending Group, Shaws, Santander Bank, Stop & Shop, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept., United States Postal Service, Walgreens and many others!

Here is to the class of 2030!
East Boston Main Streets is a public/private partnership initiative of Boston Main Streets, which was established by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The program has been operating in East Boston since 1995 to create a vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and do business in East Boston.  East Boston Gateway, Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization Recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Source; East Boston Main Streets Max Gruner
September 15, 2014