Mayor Menino and Natixis Global Asset Management Announce that NGAM to ‘Adopt’ Boston’s John Winthrop Elementary School
Commitment will provide financial and other support for new technology and supplies, teacher training, student mentoring, art/music programs and facility improvements
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June 07, 2012
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Natixis Global Asset Management, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Public Schools announced today they have entered into a partnership under which NGAM will provide financial and other support for a wide range of needs and programs at the John Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester.  The announcement was made today among Winthrop students and staff at the school’s field day celebration.

The agreement is part of an innovative “adopt a school” program under which private companies have an opportunity to make a direct and sustained impact on individual Boston schools by providing assistance that will enhance student education and improve their learning environments.  The “adopt a school” program builds on current initiatives and offers businesses a new way to achieve a strong threshold of support and involvement with a school. 

“All across our city there are public schools at all levels delivering quality education and providing the tools for young Bostonians to succeed. TheJohnWinthropElementary Schoolis just one example of which we are very proud,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “This commitment from Natixis Global Asset Management illustrates that the private sector believes in what our public schools are accomplishing, and is willing to invest directly in the future of our pupils. They are setting an important example for other companies, and it’s our hope that others will follow their lead.”

Under the agreement, NGAM in collaboration with the Winthrop School and Boston Public Schools is conducting a technology needs assessment to determine the most impactful ways for NGAM to address the school’s technology and teaching tool needs. In addition, the company will directly engage its employees in establishing a student mentoring program, and provide resources for additional teacher training programs.

“My entire career has been about making good investments, and I can’t think of a better one than providing support to the Boston Public Schools,” said John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management –U.S.andAsia. “Investing in public education today is investing in tomorrow’s workforce. That’s critical for our business as well as every industry, and we see it as a responsibility of the private sector.”

A dedicated team of NGAM staff will be assembled to help support implementation of this initiative. NGAM will also provide financial support for key facility improvements, the acquisition of books and supplies, and to supplement and expand curriculum in art and music.

“With some support in key areas like technology and facility needs – and by offering additional resources for teacher training and student mentoring – we think the families served by theWinthropSchoolwill see even further enhancements to the quality educational experience their children are receiving,” Hailer said.

TheJohnWinthropElementary School– located at35 Brookford StreetinDorchester– was selected to participate in the program for several reasons, including its:

  • Dynamic and engaged principal;
  • Motivated teachers and staff who are eager to participate in the program;
  • Specific need for additional resources and support that other schools may receive through state or federal aid or endowments.

“Generations of families have attended theWinthropSchool, and we are proud of the high quality educational experiences we have been able to offer our students whose families greatly value excellence in public education,” said John Winthrop Elementary School Principal Laurie J. Carr. “With the generous support from Natixis Global Asset Management under the “adopt a school” program, the possibilities for our students are incredibly exciting, and the potential for instructional innovation is unlimited.”


About Natixis Global Asset Management

Natixis Global Asset Management ( ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers based on assets under management.  Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s assets under management totaled $748 billion (€562 billion) as of March 31, 2012. As a multi-boutique company, NGAM brings together the diverse views of over 20 specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the community by sponsoring programs and education initiatives that help enrich the lives of children and families.

About the Winthrop John Elementary School

The John Winthrop Elementary School ( serves 380 students in grades K1-5 from neighborhoods across Boston, including Dorchester, Roxbury, South End, Mission Hill, Back Bay, Downtown, East Boston,Charlestown and Allston/Brighton. The School and its experienced teachers help students develop the skills and a love of learning necessary to create a strong foundation for the future. TheJohnWinthropElementary School fosters positive relationships with student families and maintains a network of partnerships with area universities, non-profits, community organizations and corporations.





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