UMass Boston Minute: Jumpstart

Anna Pinkert | December 19, 2013
Chris Wade reads with students at Holland Elementary School in Dorchester.

Chris Wade reads with students at Holland Elementary School in Dorchester.
Image by: Anna Pinkert



We’re actually helping these children move forward. It’s a great feeling.



Narrator: This is a UMass Boston Minute.

Kelleher: The first expectation. . .

Preschool students in classroom: Walking feet!

Narrator: Kasey Kelleher, team leader with the Jumpstart program at the Holland School in Dorchester.

Kelleher: We are a team of UMass Boston students. So we work for early literacy, and we work towards leveling the achievement gap.

Wade: Now tell me, is your letter uppercase or lowercase.

Student: Uppercase.

Wade: And what is your uppercase letter?

Student: D!

Wade: My name is Christopher Wade, and my major is early education. This is actually my first year volunteering with Jumpstart. One of the girls here, she used to be really shy. She wouldn’t talk to anybody. She actually got involved in tag today, and wasn’t attached to the teacher’s side. So that was really shocking. It was amazing to see. When you see that change it’s just like – what I’m doing is making a difference. We’re actually helping these children move forward. It’s a great feeling.

Narrator: Visit us on the web at umb.edu.

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