I'm running the Boston Marathon to support Jumpstart for the second year in a row. Check out my page to learn more & donate today!
Hello and thank you for visiting my fundraising page. This will be my second year running the Boston Marathon for Jumpstart, a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I began working with Jumpstart in 2007 as a student at Emerson College.
I joined the Emerson Jumpstart team as a Corps Member, meaning I would spend a few days a week with a team of fellow Emerson students helping children learn essential literacy, language, and social skills in a classroom at Dorchester Place Preschool. These kids were bright, but lacked the resources and opportunities that would put them at the same level as their higher-income peers when they entered kindergarten. It was our mission as Jumpstart Corps Members to change that.
I worked in that classroom for two years once as a Corps Member, and next as a Team Leader, and saw these children grow leaps and bounds during the Jumpstart program. I had one child who, at the beginning of the program, had trouble writing just the first letter of her name. After working with her in the Jumpstart program throughout the school year, this same child could easily write not just her own name, but also my name and the names of her friends in the classroom. Another child in our classroom had so much energy that he just couldn’t sit still during reading or circle time. I worked with him one-on-one during each Jumpstart session, and by the end of the year my team and I were able to get him to focus all that energy and enthusiasm towards learning. Before we knew it, he was our most active participant in circle time, and asked me to reread Make Way for Ducklings over and over again. He couldn’t get enough!
Furthermore, being involved in Jumpstart helped me grow as a college student. I felt so connected to the Jumpstart mission that throughout my time at Emerson I held literally every position a student could within the organization. I learned an incredible amount about working successfully in a team, leadership, organization, time management, and community engagement. I learned critical professional skills that have stuck with me beyond college, and made some life-long friends out of my fellow Jumpstart teammates, all while making an impact on children in our community.
Now for the second year in a row, it’s time for me to combine my dedication to Jumpstart’s mission with another great passion: running. Some people think I’m nuts for running 26.2 miles AND committing to fundraising thousands of dollars, but I couldn’t be happier to do it. Why? I know that every step I take and every dollar I raise will go towards changing the life of a child for the better. Last year I raised $6,000: enough to sponsor an entire preschool in a low-income area for two years, and then some. I’ve seen first-hand the incredible impact that two years of the Jumpstart program can have on a preschool in need, and I can’t wait to do it all over again.
But I can’t do it alone. Last year I was fortunate enough to receive support from friends, family, acquaintances, friends of friends and even a few total strangers. I need all the help I can get, and as you can see below even a donation as small as $20 makes an enormous difference in the life of an at-risk child. These donations will put books in the hands of children who may not have ANY books at home. They will provide supplies for Jumpstart classrooms so these children have the tools they need to read, write, play, and learn. They will provide curriculum materials so caring Jumpstart volunteers have everything they need to enact engaging, enriching lesson plans.
Meanwhile, I'll be spending nearly morning from now until April 15th running my heart out for these children (fingers crossed that this winter is as mild as the last, but you never know!).
So please, take some time to donate, spread the word, and keep an eye out for updates on my fundraising and training. I cannot do this without your support, and together we can join Jumpstart in working towards the day when every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.