For Immediate Release: October 28, 2010
Released By: Mayor’s Office
For More Information Contact: Mayor’s Press Office (Press.Office@cityofboston.gov)
Today at the Josiah Quincy Upper School, Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicked off a pilot program to test the new, innovative BostONEcard. The program combines a student’s MBTA Charlie Card, Boston Public Library card and Boston Centers for Youth and Families community center pass into one electronic card carrying the separate barcodes. The cards also have barcodes that will be scanned for school attendance and food service.
“In Boston, we are working hard to focus the assets of the whole city on the development of the whole child,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “This card will help make the assets of our city more accessible and remind each student everyday that there are community centers and libraries for them to explore throughout Boston.”
In addition to being a convenience, this card is designed to encourage students to take full advantage of the City’s wealth of educational opportunities both within our schools and across the city at libraries and community centers.
Over the last two years, through an initiative called Community Learning, the City has taken a number of steps to align the efforts of the Boston Public Schools, the 28 branches of the Boston Public Library, and the 38 community centers of Boston Centers for Youth and Families. This card is the most recent step in that effort. For the first time, students can use the same ID at these institutions.
“As we work to accelerate achievement in our schools, we are delighted to pilot a project that can turn the entire city into a classroom,” said Superintendent Carol Johnson. “My team has worked closely with staff from the Boston Public Library and Boston Centers for Youth and Families on this project, as all of us come together to make Boston a great place to be a student.”
The entire pilot program will take place at the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Chinatown. All 530 students in grades 6 through 12 have been provided with a BostONEcard. The City will evaluate this pilot program throughout the year to see how students and staff like the card and how it can play a role in aligning curriculum and support across City departments. If successful, the City intends to roll it out to all Boston Public School students in middle and high school in the near future.
“We are delighted to pilot the BostONEcard at the Josiah Quincy Upper School,” said Headmaster Bak Fun Wong. “Here, we are always encouraging our students to ‘own their education.’ This card empowers them to do that, giving them a single way to access the resources of so many great places.”
Additional information about the card can be found at www.cityofboston.gov/bostONEcard.