We're running the 2013 Boston Marathon on behalf of Jumpstart, please support us and this wonderful cause!

Running has always been the common thread in our relationship. Starting in highschool our Sunday runs gave us the chance to talk, discuss and catch up on that week’s events. But as our passion for running intensified and our competitive spirit thrived, we wanted to accomplish a long standing goal, to complete the Boston Marathon together. In 2013 we will be running the Boston Marathon with Team Jumpstart.

Jumpstart’s mission is to ensure that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Every year, Jumpstart recruits and trains thousands of college students and community volunteers, called Corps members, to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Throughout the school year, Corps members dedicate several hours each week with their partner children to implement Jumpstart’s proven curriculum and develop the language, literacy, and social skills these children need to succeed in school and in life.

Being a Montessorian and teaching grades 4th through 6th, Jenny has seen firsthand the benefits early intervention has on a child's literacy development. Honoring Dr. Maria Montessori, she observed that there is a sensitive period from when a child is from birth- 6 years old. During those periods in the child’s life certain ability manifests itself strongly. During these periods the child has an especially strong sensitivity towards a particular piece of knowledge or skill. Jumpstart's mission to expose at risk children to literacy intervention will be a vehicle the child needs to be set up at an early age to succeed throughout their academic career. We feel strongly connected to the cause and with your donations you can help ensure early literacy exposure to all children.

This year, Jumpstart Boston’s Corps members will give 140,000 hours of service to change the educational lives of 1,000 children in nearly 50 preschools. Through their service, Corps members not only change these children’s lives, but their own lives as well.

One Corps member stated, “Last week my partner child wrote her full name out for the first time. In college, I have read books by philosophers, artists and political theorists. In three years, no words have been more powerful than those of my four year old friend. Thank you for the opportunity to work for something and with something I believe in.”

Learn more at www.jstart.org

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