Boston: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month through Storytelling

~ Boston, MA - The Lingzi Foundation, established by the family of Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student who tragically lost her life during the Boston Marathon bombing attack, is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Lingzi's life example. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the foundation collaborated with ReadBoston, the city's early literacy program, and the Boston Police Department (BPD) to host four events at Boston Public Schools.

ReadBoston carefully selected four award-winning picture books written by Asian American authors for these events. Among them, Watercress by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin was a clear favorite among attendees. Seven police officers of Asian American heritage volunteered their time to read one of these books to a class. Each student received a copy of the book to keep, as did the participating classroom and school library.

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In addition to promoting literacy, these events also aimed to educate children about important resources in their community. The children were given information on Boston Saves, the city's children's savings account program, to take home. BPD also provided stickers, bookmarks, and tips on when to call the police.

The Lingzi Foundation strives to provide opportunities for individuals who share Lingzi's ambition and dreams. By learning from her positive spirit, unparalleled work ethic, perseverance, and humanism, they hope to enrich lives and break down barriers. ReadBoston expressed their gratitude for the foundation's generosity in making these events possible.

Special recognition was given to Officer Lauren Woods for her role on the foundation's board and her efforts in planning and recruiting for these events. Other dedicated officers who volunteered their time include Superintendent Jimmy Chin, Officer May Chen, Officer Will Chen, Officer Lawrence Li, Lieutenant Detective Stephen Moy, Officer Kat Shea, Sergeant Detective Joey Tse.

To learn more about the Lingzi Foundation and their mission to honor Lu Lingzi's memory through positive actions, visit their website.

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