Catholic Charities News
The Pilot -- Anna is a bright though shy and tentative youngster, who like most children her age, enjoys playing at the park with her friends and considers playing computer games and painting as favorite activities. Often pre-occupied and worried about her own safety and the safety of those around her, Anna is being raised by her grandparents because of her parents' struggle with addiction.
The Boston Globe -- The number of young students in Brockton has grown so much over the past decade, partly driven by immigration, that the city has reopened a shuttered school building to accommodate them.
Since 2011, Brockton experienced a surge of about 600 new K-8 students, bringing the total to 12,073, with 75 percent of the new students in the K-5 level, said Jocelyn Meek, spokeswoman for the department.
The Eagle Tribune -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston has announced that Ethel Higgins has joined the non-profit as the Assistant Director of the North and Merrimack Valley divisions headquartered in Lowell and Lynn.
As Assistant Director, Higgins will oversee staff and social services programs as well as cultivate new and existing collaborations with local parishes and community organizations.
The Boston Globe -- For a time, Irlando Goncalves wanted to be “that dude,” the guy who got attention in school for all the wrong reasons. He and his family lived on Hendry Street in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, a place thick with the pitfalls and snares of urban environs. He was skipping class, clowning around, mouthing off, and getting suspended, barely squeaking through middle school, which educators say is one of the last places to catch students before they fall too far behind or drop out.