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BLS Joins Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign

Boston Latin School is among the nation’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.

The campaign seeks to advance the following specific goals by working with schools nationwide to:
  1. Deepen students’ care for others and their communities;
  2. Increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process; and
  3. Reduce excessive achievement pressure in communities where it is detrimental to students.
"Making Caring Common aligns well with Boston Latin School's efforts to support the social and emotional well-being of our entire school community, as well as our commitment to our students’ responsible and engaged citizenship," said BLS Headmaster Rachel Skerritt. 

These goals also align with and build on Making Caring Common’s successful Turning the Tide initiative that has engaged more than 175 college admissions offices nationwide.

To join the campaign, schools commit to taking substantial, meaningful action to advance one or more of the campaign’s goals and to engage in a self-assessment or evaluation process to measure the impact of their action(s). Schools that commit to, implement, and evaluate the impact of their efforts will earn a special designation from Making Caring Common.

Boston Latin School was one of more than 135 schools that joined the campaign as “early leaders” who helped to inform, shape, and build momentum for the campaign. As part of this campaign, BLS has committed to leverage the power of student leaders to create a more welcoming, inclusive and caring school environment.

As part of the launch, BLS today is joining other early leaders on Facebook and Twitter using the Caring Schools #CommonGood hashtag to express support for the campaign, publicly commit to a chosen action(s), and encourage schools nationwide to join the effort. New schools interested in joining the campaign are encouraged to share a photo and use the text “Count us in! We’re joining the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign” on Facebook and Twitter on March 6.

More information about how schools, parents, and students can join the campaign can be found at

Posted on March 7, 2018