Gardner Extended Services School Recipient of Mayor's Award for Excellence
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For Immediate Release
October 16, 2002
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Children's Hospital Boston President and CEO James Mandell, M.D., and Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry Bloom today presented the 2002 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Children's Health to the Gardner Extended Services School in Allston. The award, previously called the Harvard Award for Excellence, carries with it a $10,000 prize.

"The Gardner School has done a stellar job of taking on the challenge of addressing the mental health needs of the children who come here, which is something too many people are still afraid to talk about," said Mayor Menino. "The Gardner Extended Services School is a national model of a school without walls: connected to families, connected to the community and connecting the dots among emotional health, physical health and academic success."

The Gardner Extended Services School is a community-based program that thoroughly integrates academic instruction with the promotion of mental health and prevention of violence and substance abuse among children and adolescents, along with opportunities for enrichment, career development and family support services. The program is a partnership among Gardner Elementary, Oak Square YMCA, Boston College and Allston- Brighton Healthy Boston.

Gardner third-grader Julia Anzabli sung a celebratory song at the presentation while a parent touted the program's merits. This year's award focused on a community group that improved mental health.

The Mayor's award has been called the Harvard Award for Excellence for five years. Past recipients include Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Casa Myrna Vasquez, Crittenton House Parenting Program and the Bowdoin Street Health Center Lead Paint program.

Harvard School of Public Health provides technical assistance while Children's Hospital Boston provides the prize money. HSPH is dedicated to advance the public's health through learning, discovery and communication. Children's Hospital, the nation's premier pediatric medical center, is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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