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Red Sox Scholars to perform service at Washington Irving Middle School


Red Sox Scholars and other friends of the Red Sox Foundation will honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale with a day of service sponsored by Target.  The Red Sox Scholars program is presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

A group of 35 scholars in the 8th grade will participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Joining them will be Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, volunteers from Target, project leaders from Youth Build Boston, and Red Sox Foundation staff.  The group will add colorful murals throughout the building, renovate the school's Family Resource Center meeting space, and replace and install much-needed school supplies.

The Red Sox Scholars program, presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the education cornerstone of the Red Sox Foundation.  The program provides college scholarships to academically talented, economically disadvantaged middle school students from Boston Public Schools.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, the program has 220 students ranging from 8th grade to college who each receive up to $10,000 for tuition and books, and who receive access to mentoring and academic enrichment opportunities.  The program was the recipient of Major League Baseball's first-ever Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence in 2010.

About the Red Sox Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation supports select programs serving at-risk children and families across New England.  The Foundation's efforts are primarily focused on cornerstone programs that include the Red Sox Scholars Program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess; RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer; the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; the Dimock Center in Roxbury, which serves more than 40,000 low-income families in Boston's most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, which supports breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.


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