The October 31, 2018 WBUR Edify article by Kathleen McNerney, “East Boston Elementary School Awarded $100,000 Prize For Academic Achievement”, highlights the improvement story and foundation of community of the 2018 School on the Move Prize Winner, the Donald McKay K-8 School. From the article:
Principal Jordan Weymer said that 95 percent of students at McKay speak a language other than English at home. Many of their families are immigrants.
“This award shines a bright spotlight on the incredible academic success of students who sometimes feel they need to live in the shadows,” said principal Jordan Weymer. “This is their reward. It is proof that when provided with the loving, respectful, supportive environment, all children can succeed.”
Weymer has been principal of the McKay for the last six years. He said this award will have a big effect on the students, staff and community. “It just goes against everything that’s been said in terms of the labels that are thrown around.”