I Am SO Proud of Cambridge!

I Am SO Proud of Cambridge!

  • Posted on: 10 April 2009
  • By: Susan

This past week, a group of African-American 9th grade students from Berkeley CA came to Cambridge for a college tour. The teens are part of the Berkeley Scholars program, which strives to nurture students from grade 4 through high school graduation by exposing them to a college-going culture and helping cultivate the habits that result in academic excellence.

Cambridge rolled out the red carpet for the Scholars; they toured MIT and Harvard, took a cruise on the Charles, and visited CCTV. But the highlight of their time in Cambridge was a visit to City Hall, at the invitation of Mayor E. Denise Simmons, who bestowed upon each of them a key to the City and a Council resolution. The Mayor graciously hosted the Scholars in her parlor, joined by Councilors Reeves and Seidel (who had the kids cheering when he told them that he once taught at the MLK School in Berkeley), and praised them for being role models to others throughout the country.

Robyn Bell, Executive Director of the Cambridge Office for Tourism, arranged for free hotel rooms for our esteemed visitors, at the Inn at Harvard, the Hotel Marlowe, the Royal Sonesta and the Hyatt Regency. Jeff Walker, Chief of Staff for the Mayor, and John Clifford from Councilor Reeves’ office also helped with arrangements.

Whether they come back here for college, or choose to pursue their educations elsewhere, the Berkeley Scholars will never forget their visit to Cambridge. They felt welcomed and valued, and they now know that academic achievement is expected of them, not only by their families, but also by their new friends on the east coast.

Thanks to everyone who went out of their way to make this visit so special. You can read the Scholars’ blog at http://freshscholar.blogspot.com.


This was such a life-changing, inspiring week for all the Scholars and Mentors alike. Thanks for all you did to help make it possible.
We love you,
Marsha, et al