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May 3rd, 2016:  Boston College receives 1.2 million dollar grant to expand STEM programming

May 2nd, 2016:  Secretary of Education John King visits GPA to talk about teacher diversity

March 11th, 2016:  Harvard Allston Partnership Fund supports 17 fully funded and partially funded after-school enrichment program slots.

November 13th, 2015:  Exploring Paths to College at the Harvard Ed Portal

October 26th 2015: EdVestors Partnership launches interactive mathematics program

August 31st 2015: Best Selling Author, James Patterson, supports library and education makeover

June 26th 2015: GPA students experience Harvard Ed Portal for after school program

May 26th 2015: Big Brothers and Big Sisters connect with students during Mentoring Program

May 25th, 2015:  Group dialogue with parents and school staff through the YWCA Race Dialogues 

April 29th 2015: 2nd Annual family science event brings in Dr. Kathryn Hollar from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

January 24, 2015: GPA students attend a women’s basketball game and hear from college student-athletes as part of Harvard University’s first “education day.”

October 30, 2014: NECN remembers Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s impact on Boston’s children with a feature on Playworks at GPA:

October 24th, 2014:  Zion Cadjoe receives the Class Act Award for his service to feeding the homeless

July 15, 2014: The GPA/YMCA Summer Program is featured in Harvard University’s Community Connections.

June 20th 2014: School rallies around Friday Arts Program

June 20, 2014: Harvard participates in GPA’s annual Friendship Feast.

June 1, 2014: GPA presents the 3rd annual Gardner Champion Award to Boston College Lynch School of Education Professor Irwin Blumer.

May 7th 2014:  GPA’s Adult Education program is highlighted at the Legislatures breakfast

April 24, 2014: Students, parents, staff, and partners come together for the first GPA Science Night.

April 7, 2014: Students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education tour GPA to learn about full-service schools.

December 4, 2013: GPA’s youth soccer program, run by America Scores, is featured on Harvard University’s “Community Connections” blog.

November 14, 2013: The Boston College Chronicle highlights the BC Music Outreach Program at GPA.

June 26, 2013: The Bay State Banner reports that Gardner Pilot Academy students’ artwork helps raise money for Art Resources Collaborative for Kids (ARCK).

March 18, 2013: The Harvard Gazette highlights the university’s partnership with GPA and the annual Gardner Champion Award presented to Lisa Moellman.

March 1, 2013: previews the 2nd Annual “Put Your Hands Up for GPA!” community event.

Fall 2012: GPA special education teacher Liz Byron will run 155 miles through the Sahara next spring to raise money for classroom laptops, earning coverage in the Huffington Post, and WBZ-TV News.

June 9, 2012: highlights K-8 ribbon-cutting and Friendship Feast at GPA.

June 8, 2012: City of Boston Cable Office (VIDEO) features the Gardner Pilot Academy K-8 Expansion.

June 6th 2012: BPS and GPA express gratitude for new K-8 expansion

April 24th, 2012:  More than 100 families attend math night at GPA

March 6, 2012: The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund announces continued funding for GPA programs. (

December 20, 2011: Gardner Pilot Academy is approved to become a K-8 school. (

October 9, 2011: Members of the Manchester United Soccer Team conduct a soccer clinic at Harvard Stadium for students in the GPA Summer Academy. (Egypt Intifada)

May 2, 2011: Volunteers from Harvard University help clean up GPA grounds during Boston Shines. (Harvard Gazette)

April 25, 2011: GPA fifth grade entrepreneurs share their innovative business ideas through the Harvard Business School Apprentice Program. (The Harbus)

March 9, 2011: The Harvard Achievement Support Initiative supports GPA’s Math Night and other family engagement efforts. (Harvard Gazette)

February 16, 2011: The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund awards $25,000 to support after-school and summer programs at GPA. (Harvard Gazette)

January 19, 2011: Students from the Institute of Politics at Harvard University help spruce up Gardner Pilot Academy. (Harvard Crimson)

December 22, 2010: A student “flash mob” dance to promote reading is covered by WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV and the Boston Globe.

September 14, 2010: GPA makes Adequate Yearly Progress across the board, achieves “good standing” under state and federal accountability systems.

September 11, 2009: The Allston-Brighton / Boston College Community Fund awards a grant to Gardner Pilot Academy. (Allston-Brighton TAB)

June 25, 2008: GPA alumna and after-school teacher Keyla Veloz wins the Dr. Thomas W. Payzant Public Service in Education Scholarship.

May 6, 2008: “Friendship Feast nets $10,000 for playground”: Friends of Gardner Pilot Academy hosts an innovative community celebration. (Allston-Brighton TAB)

May 5, 2008: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center highlights the opening of the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center at GPA.

April 15, 2008: Gardner students unpack the “Ultimate Science Classroom.”

Fall 2008: FOSS (Full Option Science System) highlights “Science in the Schoolyard” at GPA in its newsletter.

August 9, 2007: Gardner School and Harvard Business School team up for summer fun and learning.

May 16, 2007: GPA science specialist Dean Martin wins the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

June 2, 2006: Mayor Menino announces pilot school agreement for Gardner Elementary School.

October 16, 2002: City of Boston, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health present the Gardner School with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Children’s Health.

February 3, 2000: The Boston College Chronicle profiles the university’s partnership with the Gardner School.




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