More Amphibious

Nice Globe story this week about an student-run MIT organization which helps kids from 3 Boston schools, including ours.

Welcome to Amphibious Achievement, an MIT program that blends swimming and rowing with a rigorous academic component that promotes an environment of achievement for inner-city Boston high school students.

Students start at 9 a.m. each Sunday with two hours of rigorous swimming or rowing. They have lunch, then spend two more hours of learning with an emphasis on friendly competition and fun. There are 30 MIT mentors for 40 students. The tutors all have high energy levels and the Achievers find that is contagious.

“We make learning real for them,’’ says (Noam) Angrist. “We play Jeopardy games for grammar, rap games for trigonometry, like ‘Get Triggy with it,’ that makes them think, ‘Oh this is cool.’ We’re sneaking in the learning. Like applying fraction problems of the day by dividing platters of food in front of them.’’

I blogged it a couple months ago. Since then, Noam decided he should intern with us this fall on a new Match project we're cooking up. So that's good. I think this summer he's basically running the World Bank.

Our kids dig the rowing program:

Kamala Brown, 17, of the Match Charter Public High School, gets up at 6 every Sunday and takes several buses from Walpole. Her Dorchester home burned down when wrapping paper ignited in a post-Christmas fire last December.

“It’s worth it being around people who push me physically and emotionally,’’ she says. “The secret is always pushing yourself, even when you’re crying. Learn something new. Try it and you may be successful.’’

She may be onto something.