Maple’s summer school ends with movie

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Students, teachers and chaperones from Maple Elementary School enjoyed a special treat Thursday morning, when they visited Cambridge Premier Cinemas to watch “The Lion King.” The trip, paid for by an anonymous benefactor, marked the completion of summer school.

CAMBRIDGE — Good kids get treats – and that’s the way it should be.
For the 45 kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Maple Elementary’s SAIL – Summer Academy for Instruction and Learning – program, summer school ended with a special trip to Cambridge Premier Cinemas to see “The Lion King.” A donor who wished to remain anonymous bought the tickets, popcorn and drinks, as well as a gift bag for each young scholar.

One of the main expenses of any field trip is transportation. With this event coming together quickly, and with no budget, help was needed. So Transportation Manager Bill Fleming stepped in, and donated his services.
“When he called me and told me what he was doing,” Mr. Fleming said of the donor, “I said I could drive.”

Tracy Copley taught at Maple over the summer. She and her friend, the donor, thought it would be good to reward the children for their hard work and accomplishments.

The donor said he was “being a good steward of the community, giving back. It seemed like the right thing to do,” adding, “I was inspired by the teachers.”

The children certainly agreed. After posing for a photo, the excited youngsters chorused a big, “Thank you!” to their benefactor.

Assistant Principal Heather Edgar accompanied the group. She said over the summer, the children worked on math and reading, and received breakfast and lunch each day. In a prepared statement, she said she was “most proud, along with the teachers and staff, of the dedication and progress each and every student made.”

Maple Elementary will have a Back-to-School Open House on Aug. 29, from 4-6 p.m.

Cambridge Premier Cinemas is managed by Jennifer Schultz.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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