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Charity gives Boston youth a sporting chance

Support for athletics also pays off in the classroom

A teacher at Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury recently asked his eighth- graders to write about the disenfranchised. The topic hit home for Tomell Kelley, a refugee from the Liberian civil war who has spent much of his youth raising himself while his mother has struggled to make ends meet.

Two years ago, Kelley was often absent or asleep in class, according to the staff at Orchard Gardens, one of the state’s lowest performing schools on standardized tests from 2003-10.

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