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Great Expectations Fundraiser

Great Expectations 2021 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate student success and the contributions of our teacher-heroes. We couldn’t offer our services free of charge to our students without your support! See you all in 2022 to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

Thank You Keynote and Distinguished Leaders Award Recipients:
Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty, from the New England Patriots and Players Coalition.

New England McCourty Twins

Thank You Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

North Shore Bank Logo

PhD Level Sponsors:

Cell Signaling Technologies Logo

Masters Level Sponsors:

Annalisa and Dino

Rob Rudnick and Connie Everson

Baccalaureate Level Sponsors:

Rachel and Robert

Associates Level Sponsors:


Law Office of Ruth L. Adeyinka-Deras

Zaheer Law Group

Thank You Honorary Committee

Claudia Chuber and Paul Ellingwood
Ruth Deras and Ben Adeyinka
Pam and James Demetroulakos, M.D.
Annalisa and Dino DiPalma
Valerie and Steve Fox
Krystyna Hincman
Janice and Ralph James
Donna and Elliot Katzman
Kim and Joon Lee
Rachel and Robert Lutts
Drs. Eileen and Owen Mathieu

Kara McLaughlin and John Keenan
Trish Moore and Wayne Sheridan
Christopher Pesce
Abby and Gene Record
Robin and Paul Regensburg
David J. Roberts, M.D.
Mary Sarris
Nina Simonds and Don Rose
Stephanie and Michael Tallo
Elaine and Douglass E. Webb
Karen and Mike Wheeler

LEAP for Education Honored Teachers and Counselors as

A Teacher-Hero Fund* was established by LEAP for Education to honor the heroic work our teachers have done this pandemic year to keep our students engaged and safe. The American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Teachers Association, along with our sponsors seeded this fund.

All teachers or counselors nominated were:

  • Entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate.  A minimum of 5 winners will be drawn.
  • Notified of their nomination and recognized at the event.
  • In addition, LEAP will run Teacher Appreciation events at all of LEAP’s schools with donations made to this fund. Events will be scheduled with school principals and will be held in the spring or fall of 2021.

Thank you to the AFT and MTA teachers’ unions and our sponsors North Shore Bank, EBSCO and Cell Signaling for their contributions to the Teacher-Hero Fund.

What Inspired the Teacher-Hero Fund?

Teachers have always been heroes, but during the pandemic they have gone above and beyond in so many ways to reach students and keep them engaged. Remote learning has put new demands on teachers that have them working more hours and longer days. Teachers hold some of the most important jobs in our country – caring and nurturing the minds of our children. Teaching has always been a challenging profession but consider some of the challenges our teachers have faced this past year:

  • Learning new technology to use while also helping students learn to use it
  • Adapting lesson plans, worksheets and assessments
  • Learning new pedagogy in order to keep students engaged and provide differentiated lessons to accommodate different learners’ needs
  • Finding ways to make classes interactive to increase engagement
  • Managing two sets of materials and pedagogy for days remote vs days in school
  • Responsibility for the classroom safety and health of their students while protecting themselves
  • In a recent survey, the vast majority of teachers report working more hours and longer days

LEAP for Education wanted to honor teachers and counselors as HEROES OF THE YEAR.

* This is a fund set up for the pandemic year only.

LEAP Services that Empower Student Success

Gifts to support student success will fund academic, career exploration and readiness, post-secondary planning and advising, mentoring and building social capital.

  • Academics – homework support, social justice, writing, English literacy, STEM, Arts and Civic Engagement
  • Careers – student explore different careers through LEAP’s rich Career Connections curricula and begin to develop a plan for their future
  • Post-Secondary Planning and Advising – through our College Success program, students participate in a 2-year high school program to prepare them for the college application process. Students get a college advisor that stays with them through graduation
  • Mentoring – Brothers for Success and Sisters for Success offering discussion groups in a safe and supportive environment.

Program funds will be used to support free-to-the-student academic, mentoring, post-secondary, and career programs for underserved youth.


LEAP's Response to COVID-19

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