It's that time of year again!
November is our FRIENDSGIVING fundraising month.
We're so glad you're here because it means you value DS METCO
and the mission to increase racial diversity in our schools, create positive opportunities for all of us,
and to see our children graduate smarter, stronger, and empowered.
When you donate ANY amount November 1st-30th you will be automatically entered to win a basket of awesome DS gear!
We'd rather be sharing turkey and stuffing and warming our bellies together, but sometimes giving feels nearly as good.
Click on the button below to donate and scoop up your chance to win.
Go ahead, feed your soul.
“An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.” – Lydia M. Child
The DS-Boston community came together with impressive solidarity to financially support DS-Boston families, faculty and staff who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 and related closures.
The Campaign, run by the DS METCO Scholarship Fund and publicized through the school PTOs, raised over $58,000 from 194 unique donors for community members in need.
We will continue to work with the DS leadership team and turn your donations into food and pharmacy cards for distribution through the summer and into the winter.
THANK YOU for donating once.
THANK YOU for caring.
THANK YOU for donating twice.
THANK YOU for calling and emailing and asking how you can help.
THANK YOU for sending a check from your organization.
THANK YOU for showing up in this way. AND
THANK YOU to the Chickering PTO, the Pine Hill CSA, the Middle School POSITIVE group, the DS PTO and the DS Leadership Team for helping to make this happen.
The era of uncertainty is not behind us, and the pandemic continues.
At the DS METCO Scholarship Fund, our work continues
When DS schools closed in March, the we mobilized the Emergency Funds Campaign and partnered with the DS schools. We expanded our Fund’s mission because we believe that
if some of us need help, all of us should care.
We are proud to announce that even after halting our own fundraising for three months to run the Emergency Funds Campaign and cancelling our annual fundraiser due to COVID-19, we were still able to:
The Dover Sherborn METCO Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 2017. We aim to elevate our METCO program by committing funds to our graduates as a vote of confidence and a way to say “we believe in you.” We are entirely run and organized by volunteers, and we are entirely funded by private donations.
We are not affiliated directly with the DS METCO Program, though we work together on events and outreach.
(Pictured left: Jazmyn Francis, award recipient)
The DS METCO Scholarship Fund was thrilled to award scholarships to graduates in 2017, 2018 2019 and 2020.
Inaugural Juretha Olivia Cooper Memorial Scholarship:
Aleaya MacFarlan, Senior Class President
Abdell St. Paul
Imahni Bruno Reeves
Congratulations to all -- we wish you success!
Dover Sherborn METCO alumni have gone on to various colleges and graduate schools, leading fulfilling and successful lives.
The DS METCO Alumni social media sites are not yet active. The button below will take you to the Facebook page for Boston METCO alumni. Please check back for a link to the new DS METCO alumni page, or contact us and we'll direct you to our alumni board members.
(Pictured above: Imahni Bruno-Reeves, award recipient)
Lamar Cardinez was born and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Lamar’s mother, Mariam, signed him up for the METCO program before he was born after hearing about the program from a family friend. When Lamar was eight years old he began attending Pine Hill Elementary School and would remain in the Dover Sherborn Regional School system until he graduated high school in 2009. Lamar went on to attend Northeastern University on a full-tuition scholarship and would ultimately earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation in 2014, Lamar went on to work for the National Football League (NFL) as a member of their two-year leadership rotational program. Lamar then received his MBA from Cornell in May 2018. Lamar is currently an investment banking associate at Guggenheim Partners in New York City. Lamar and his wife Italia founded a scholarship fund at Northeastern University to assist incoming Torch Scholars with the costs associated with purchasing technological necessities.
Donating through the website is just one way to give! We are always working on strengthening relationships, making connections and contributing to our community events. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss giving options or volunteer opportunities.
Pictured above: DS METCO Scholarship Fund Presidents Kate Potter and Mila Clark with DS METCO Director Monique Marshall-Veale, METCO Inc CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas, Wilmary Tejada and Lerato Vilakazi-Jackson at the celebration of 50 years of DS METCO.
For METCO, Inc, the mission is to provide students with educational opportunities designed to enrich their academic, personal and interpersonal experiences.
In Dover and Sherborn, one of the highlights is the METCO Family Friend program that helps to match students from Boston with students from Dover and Sherborn and encourages them to spend time together outside of school hours.
Throughout the year there are several half days for elementary students when they have a few hours before the bus takes them home to Boston. These half days are perfect for spending time with Sherborn and Dover Family Friends!
In the time of pandemic when schools are changing learning modes - hybrid, remote, in-person - based on the COVID-19 numbers, getting together is harder. We have been challenged to gather in other ways to keep connections strong.
Our board includes alumni of DS METCO, parents of DS METCO students, and community members
Kate Potter, President
Mila Clark, President
Lauren Leahy, Treasurer
Jennifer Grinell, Secretary
Regina D. Cooper Benjamin
The mission of the DS METCO Mentorship Program is to build strong relationships with current high school juniors and seniors to further understand the individual nuances of their experiences and to help the students make the most of the invaluable opportunity before them. The mentors aim to forge reliable relationships with the students, to serve as a sounding board and to help guide students towards taking vital steps for a successful transition for life after high school. As DS alums, the mentors are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insights to students given their first-hand experiences in the DS METCO program. The medium-term goal is to grow the number of mentors to ensure an effective mentor-to-mentee ratio for all DS METCO students grades 9-12 for years to come.
We would like to extend further congratulations to the
DS METCO class of 2020 students and participants in the inaugural DS METCO Mentorship Program:
Leroy Irvin III
Amira Abdal-Khallaq (Class of 1997)
Regina Cooper (Class of 1999)
Lamar Cardinez (Class of 2009)
Juretha Olivia Cooper was a METCO advocate and the proud parent and grandparent of five Dover Sherborn High School graduates. A high school honor student herself; she emphasized the importance of achievement to her children. She made sure three daughters, a granddaughter, and a grandson made their early morning busses for the opportunity at a great education in one of the top public schools in the state. This award was established to honor Ms. Cooper’s lifelong dedication to education.
The Juretha Olivia Cooper Memorial Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for one METCO high school senior in the Dover Sherborn community with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who completes 40 hours of community service in their home community over 4 years of high school, and demonstrates strong leadership qualities as indicated by one recommendation from a staff member, teacher, advisor (the student may use a copy of a college recommendation), or mentor. Students will, also, be required to submit an essay on leadership and their future plans.
Your donation is more than a gift;
it's a vote of confidence in a young person and a boost that directly helps a a graduating senior as they move to further their education.
It's a way of saying that you value diversity and equity in education in our community.
It's a way of saying the precious words: "I believe in you."
$1-$249 Scholarship Fund Advocate: contributes directly to the annual awards
$250-$500 Silver Scholar: funds a new laptop, suggested for most college students
$501-$999 Giving Elite: funds books for one year of college
$1,000-$1,999 Platinum Benefactor: supports transportation to and from college, as well as music and sports fees
$2,000+ Founding Family: helps us grow and award more and more
We are happy to honor loved ones with memorial or honorary gifts, or with named scholarships.
You may also email us to discuss donations, recurring commitments, or other special requests. Any amount is significant!
Because of YOU, we are able to award valuable scholarships to each qualifying
DS METCO graduating senior. That's a vote of confidence from Dover-Sherborn and beyond.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
Please enter your mailing address when prompted if you would like to receive a letter from DS METCO Scholarship Fund stating our tax exempt status.
Needham Bank is proud to sponsor the Dover-Sherborn METCO Scholarship Fund by providing supporters of the Fund with a challenge grant.
Here’s how it works:
For anyone associated with the DS METCO Scholarship Fund who opens a checking account with Needham Bank, we’ll donate $100 per account back to the organization. Simply mention that you are a supporter of the Fund when you open your account in any of Needham Bank’s nine branch locations.
Needham Bank Checking is the logical choice for Dover and Sherborn families and their kids (must be 16 years old) because there are no fees or minimum balance requirements. In addition, Needham Bank Checking comes with top notch on-line and mobile features and customers can use any ATM in the world. Every machine fee will be reimbursed; essentially making every ATM a Needham Bank ATM.
For more information contact Dover Branch Manager, Sandra Marcantuono at 781-247-6826 or SMarcantuono@NeedhamBank.com
Our Dover branch is conveniently located at 60 Centre Street. We look forward to welcoming you.
To learn about future events or opportunities, please enter your email address (we only send a few emails each year).
Monique Marshall-Veale is the METCO Coordinator for the Dover Sherborn School district. While she isn't on the board, her office currently serves as our mail box.
DS METCO Scholarship Fund
c/o DS METCO Office
155 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030