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Boston Jumbos jump into ACTion for literacy

February 13, 2013

On February 2, more than 100 alumni wined and dined and kicked up their heels for a good cause at the Winthrop St. Function Hall for Boston’s Active Citizens of Tufts (ACT) Second Annual Gala.

The gala featured a silent auction and raffle that raised more than $1,700 for this year’s theme of education and literacy, according to ACT’s president, Barry Kaufman, A07. The proceeds will support an Eliot-Pearson School program that helps local preschool teachers working with bilingual students. All of the auction items as well as the refreshments at the event were donated by local businesses.

Keynote speaker Professor Maryanne Wolf of the Tufts Center for Reading and Language Research says she’s “so happy these funds will be going to the literacy projects in the community.” Wolf also spoke about her research in Ethiopia, where she’s studying how children can use technology to learn to read on their own.

The keynote address was followed with a performance by Tufts a cappella group sQ! and dancing to tunes spun by DJ Vijay. Student Chloe Schacter, A14, says that the way the event integrated alumni of many different classes and professions in a social setting excited her about staying involved after graduation. Professor Wolf’s presentation opened her eyes to how “alumni events will continue to expose me to the amazing lectures and research at Tufts,” she says.

Kaufman says these opportunities are his reason for staying so connected to the Tufts and Boston communities. He hopes to create a bridge between ACT and campus organizations like Leonard Carmichael Society, encouraging students to continue the Jumbo tradition of active citizenship after graduation.

ACT Boston committee members and volunteers jump for joy at the success of the 2nd Annual Gala