Gardner Pilot Academy held a Friendship Feast at the school on Friday, June 8. Despite thunderstorms, hundreds of students, parents, staff, elected officials and community partners gathered to celebrate another successful year and to cut a ribbon in honor of the expansion to a K-8 school beginning next year. Watch a video of the ceremony.

Through sponsorships, raffles, and a silent auction, the event raised nearly $10,000 for Playworks physical activity programs!

We have many people to thank, including:

  • Elected officials and other community leaders for attending the celebration;
  • Local businesses and other organizations that donated items for the silent auction, bought ads in the program book, and provided food for the event;
  • Mr. Bruce Houghton of Houghton Chemical in Allston for a generous donation of $2,000;
  • Allston’s Orchard Skate Shop for an impressive skating demonstration;
  • Tim McHale for wonderful live music performance;
  • Dr. Carroll Blake, BPS Director for the Achievement Gap, for another great magic show;
  • 15 Boston Latin School students from the Wolfpack Volunteer Organization for running the children’s games;
  • And above all, the parents, staff, and students who worked so hard to make the event a great success!
SPECIAL OFFER… It’s not too late to contribute to this event while giving a child a summer experience to remember for a lifetime!  Camp Cody, a premier New England summer camp nestled on the sandy beaches of Lake Ossipee amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire, has donated to GPA four two-week summer camp sessions for children ages 7-13. Available dates are June 24 – July 7 or August 5-18. A camp session, valued at $2,800, can be yours for a donation of $1,000 (plus an additional $100 per session paid to Camp Cody to cover out-of-camp trips and canteen charges). If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Elba Mendez at


Pictured in the ribbon-cutting, left to right: Boston City Councillor John Connolly, GPA Principal Erica Herman, GPA fifth grade students Tyrah Mungo and Krishan Eskew, Boston City Councillor Mark Ciommo, and State Representative Kevin Honan.

Read more about the K-8 expansion here.