MassHousing recently hosted a year-end ceremony for third-grade students involved in the S.T.A.R.R. Mentor Program.
The Striving Toward Academic Recognition and Respect (S.T.A.R.R.) Mentor Program began in 1990 at the Quincy E. Dickerman Elementary School in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, and moved to Martin Luther King Elementary (which merged with the Dickerman School) in 1990.
Through the S.T.A.R.R. program, MassHousing staff volunteer in a third, fourth or fifth grade classroom with the students providing once-a-week tutoring, leading educational workshops and acting as chaperones for weekend field trips and other activities.
We like to say that MassHousing "goes beyond bricks and mortar" in creating and supporting healthy housing communities across the Commonwealth, and the S.T.A.R.R. program is one way in which we do that. S.T.A.R.R. benefits all involved: students receive extra academic attention and access to resources/activities; teachers get in-classroom assistance; and mentors who are able to inspire and learn from the students and teachers.
You can learn more about the STARR Mentor Program here.