Mayor Burke held a press conference this week in the newly constructed Community Access Studio at the Medford High School shared space with Medford Vocational & Technical High School to announce several important updates.
– The studio is near completion and we are very excited to open the doors for the public soon. Interviews for the station manager position began today so that our Medford High School students can utilize the studio during the day and the public will have access after school hours.
– Armstrong Ambulance generously donated 16 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to our schools. In addition, we now have coverage in the schools as well as our fields and on field trips.
– The Cummings Foundation awarded the Medford Public Schools a $100,000 grant over three years to support the work of our Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR). “The goal of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility is to provide instructional resources, activities, coordination and training to support the mission of developing responsible global citizens who will be positive contributors to society,” said Mr. Richard Trotta, Director of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
Over the last three years, the CCSR has collaborated with Medford Public Schools, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, colleges and universities, community groups such as Team Medford, government agencies and public service organizations. Together we have organized many successful events throughout the community such as the “Supporting a State Without StigMA” event, Team Medford events and more.
David Blumberg, a Medford resident and senior member of the Cummings Management Team, spoke on behalf of his involvement with the organization and their support for initiatives such as this within the Medford High School community. We’re very thankful for his partnership.
In addition, our Board of Health Director, Maryann O’Connor was in attendance to discuss the Team Medford Health and Safety Guide, which is a 24-page guide that provides useful information including tips, articles, trends and local resources on topics such as substance abuse prevention, stress management and healthy lifestyle tips. The Administration is fully committed to finding a solution, spreading awareness and further developing prevention for this growing epidemic.
– This past January Toni Vento received an Opioid Prevention grant from the Attorney General’s Office relative to a settlement with CVS and Walgreens over fraudulent prescription drug, prescribing and dispensing practices. The Medford Public Schools have been very fortunate to receive $18,000 grant that we will use to support the middle and elementary school health education curriculum, so that young students have positive coping mechanisms, methods to develop healthy relationships, as well as social and emotional tools to help avoid substance abuse problems in the later years.
Our Medford Vocational and Technical High School Director, Heidi Riccio, announced a Regionalization of Services Grant awarded by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office with the intention to combine our resources with Everett Public Schools. Currently, there are twenty-five students from Everett High School participating in programs and courses within the Medford Vocational and Technical High School. The funding permits LED lighting in all the vocational programs and the installation will be done by all Medford Vocational students.
– The grant of $45,000 will enable us to expand our vocational program offerings and allow more Everett students to enroll. The remaining funds will be used to install LED lighting in all the vocational programs and the installation will be done by our Medford Vocational students.
“We are thrilled to have strong partnerships with both public and private organizations to ensure the best possible resources for our students, faculty and administration,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We will remain advocates for every student on a pathway to success from pre-k through high school, and it is with the help of partners and their willingness to support our goals that we can be successful.”