BOSTON - Thursday, September 15, 2016 - On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang will join 265 City Year AmeriCorps members, volunteers from school families, City Year alumni, and corporate partners to refresh two schools in Jamaica Plain.

Students entering the Curley K-8 and John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation schools this year will see their classrooms and hallways newly renovated.

City Year Boston and hundreds of volunteers willroll up their sleeves to paint hallways and outdoor areas, create murals, clean up school-grounds, pack resource kits, and complete many more projects at the two schools as part of City Year Boston's annual "Red Jacket Weekend." 

Red Jacket Weekend marks the official launch of City Year Boston's service in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). This year, 265 City Year AmeriCorps members will serve as tutors, mentors, and role models in 21 BPS schools, including the Curley and the Kennedy. In addition to serving in classrooms, City Year Boston each year engages hundreds of additional volunteers throughout the year to complete service projects for schools and community centers in Boston.

Prior to the service day, City Year Boston will host its "Opening Day" ceremony, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, at the Curley K-8 School. Incoming City Year corps members will take the AmeriCorps pledge and commit to a year of full-time service, and BPS Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang will deliver remarks.

For more information and photos from last year's Red Jacket Weekend, visit

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Opening Day Ceremony: 9:30am - 10:30am 
Service Day: 10:30am - 3:00pm 

Curley K-8 School 
493 Centre Street 
Jamaica Plain