Boston Third Graders Receive Introduction to Kenya and the Historical Race
Boston– John Hancock Financial Services and its elementary school partners, the Samuel Mason Elementary School in Roxbury and Lucy Stone Elementary School in Dorchester, today hosted the sixth annual Boston Marathon Kenya Project. The event, which is held at the Franklin Park Zoo in the African Tropical Forest exhibit, educates students about the Boston Marathon and the country of Kenya.
John Hancock executives and associates taught 60 third grade students subjects ranging from Kenyan culture and geography to the history of the Boston Marathon. The program included a visit from 2006 Boston Marathon men’s and women’s champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Rita Jeptoo.
This year’s Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2007. Students participating in the Boston Marathon Kenya Project will have the opportunity to attend the Marathon and view the race from the finish line.
“We are always searching for new ways to teach children about different cultures from around the world,” said Janet Palmer-Owens, principal of the Mason School. “The Boston Marathon Kenya Project offers a terrific opportunity for our children to learn about Kenyan culture from John Hancock volunteers. We know the Company has developed relationships with a variety of Boston public schools and we’re thrilled to be partnering with John Hancock in this unique program.”
The project’s lessons support the curriculum of the Boston Public Schools, and have been designed by an education consultant with input from the teachers and principals. The Boston Marathon Kenya Project provides access to world class sporting events, athletes, and workshops for young people throughout the city of Boston. John Hancock also provides Running and Fitness Programs, bringing top athletes into area schools to teach students about health and fitness.
“John Hancock is committed to developing innovative youth programs to help improve the education of children and the future of the Boston community,” said Carol Fulp, vice president, Community Relations. “Due to our relationship with the elite athletes who compete at the Boston Marathon, we are able to have Kenyan runners teach the students about their culture first-hand.”
About John Hancock and Manulife Financial
John Hancock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 (US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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Melissa Simon Berczuk