May 4, 2023
Red Sox, MassMutual Foundations Launch Fenway Park Educational Tours for Sixth Grade BPS Students
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2023
RED SOX, MASSMUTUAL FOUNDATIONS LAUNCH FENWAY PARK EDUCATIONAL TOURS FOR SIXTH GRADE BPS STUDENTS
BOSTON, MA- The Red Sox Foundation, in partnership with the MassMutual Foundation and Fenway Park Tours, today debuted the Fenway Park Learning Lab, an immersive, educational tour for sixth grade Boston Public Schools (BPS) students. The program, co-designed with BPS educators, leverages Fenway Park as a teaching tool bringing classroom curriculum to life in areas including statistics, history, science, and financial literacy. The six-stop educational experience features visits to Fenway Farms to learn about botanical science, the Green Monster to estimate distance and angles, and concession stands to learn financial literacy and budgeting. This morning’s inaugural Fenway Park Learning Lab tour was attended by sixth grade students from the Nathan Hale Middle School in Roxbury.
“The Fenway Park Learning Lab provides students with an exciting opportunity to learn through exploration of their storied ballpark in a way that complements their classroom curriculum,” said Red Sox Partner and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Henry. “Inspired by my husband John’s love of baseball and math, this dynamic program activates Fenway Park as a place that will help foster the next generation of scientists, innovators, and, of course, baseball fans. This program would not have been possible without the support of the MassMutual Foundation, and we are thankful to them for helping us make our historic ballpark part of the educational journey for Boston Public Schools students.”
“The MassMutual Foundation, like the Red Sox Foundation, understands the fundamental importance that education represents in building more promising futures for students, their families, and the communities in which they live,” said Dennis Duquette, MassMutual Foundation President. “We are thrilled to partner on the expansion of the Fenway Park Learning Lab. Programs like this are foundational to building a lifelong love of learning and opening up greater opportunities that students can build on throughout their lives.”
The Fenway Park Learning Lab tour is 60 minutes long with stops in the Grandstand seats, the Green Monster, Fenway Farms, the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Press Box, and the Kids Concourse. The curriculum is designed to meet state and national education standards and the program is estimated to reach 1,000 BPS sixth graders during its inaugural year with plans to expand the opportunity to all BPS sixth graders. Curriculum-specific materials are provided to teachers and students including backpacks equipped with an activity workbook, binoculars, stickers, eye black, calculators, and baseball cards. Each student also will receive a biodegradable bookmark that can be planted in soil to grow wildflowers.
“I want to thank the Red Sox and MassMutual for their generosity and commitment to BPS and the students we serve,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper. “BPS is committed to providing a high-quality education, which includes experiential learning, and the Learning Lab at Fenway Park will offer our students a chance to increase their skills and knowledge of statistics, history, science, financial literacy, and so many other content areas that ultimately will increase their learning and opportunities and be a benefit to the entire community! We’re investing in the leaders of tomorrow.”
The Fenway Park Learning Lab is now accepting registration from all Boston Public Schools sixth grade teachers. To learn more about the program or to schedule a visit, please visit www.RedSoxFoundation.org.
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