The Social Centers Conversation: September 2018

The year was 1937 when East Boston Camps arrived in Westford for its first Summer...

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East Boston Camps brought life-changing memories to thousands of children for more than 70 years. In its very early years, families paid $2 for a two-week session. Most of the campers’ families were of Italian descent. East Boston residents helped build the camp by hand! The campers' families all pitched in to the camping experience: The mothers came out early to clean the cabins and make up the cots. The fathers did necessary repairs to the buildings. A few of the mothers even stayed to be the cook! There were always plenty of freshly baked pies and cookies to go around.  Families truly lived the motto-- when all give, all gain.

Augustus "Gus" Gatti (1928-2015), pictured here, was one of the first lucky kids to attend East Boston Camps. He later became a very well-known figure in East Boston as an outstanding community member & veteran. He was one among many alumni who went on to be community leaders and outstanding citizens.

Please join us in honoring one of those outstanding alumni, Robert Lewis, Jr., at our Cruisin' Through the Decades gala. 

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Dear friends,

How can we ensure ALL children enter Kindergarten ready to learn, joyful, and thriving: on a path for life success?  How can East Boston demonstrate a model that will work for others? How can we build a more joyful America—a nation that is healthier, and more civically engaged, trusting and hopeful? How can East Boston catalyze that movement?

We at the East Boston Social Centers are asking these and other questions at the intersection of programs, policy and practice.  We are grateful for your history of support and partnership, and hope you will join us on this journey. 

As part of this journey into our second hundred years, we are launching The Social Centers Conversation.  We invite you to ask questions, and to work with us to find answers together .  We also will provide information about important events (like our 100th anniversary gala) and programmatic offerings.  We promise to keep it short and interesting—and any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for your support and partnership. When all give, all gain!


Justin Pasquariello, Executive Director

Did you know?

This will be the last event that will take place at historic Suffolk Downs -- Cruisin' Through the Decades!

We're always up to something!

The summer has come to an end, but here's what's coming up soon!

  • Look for us in the Columbus Day Parade October 7, 2018 - 1 p.m. at Suffolk Downs

  • The East Boston Social Centers celebrates 100 years - Cruisin' Through the Decades November 7, 2018

  • Our program slots are filling fast, but please contact our enrollment office to learn more about Early Learning & Out-of-School Time program opportunities!

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