Family Friends Program

MECTO Program Participants at Graduation

Program Overview
 
Families in Boston and Natick have the opportunity to work together to build family friends relationships, where the spirit is one of cooperating and sharing rather than of guest and host. By volunteering to be a METCO Family Friend, the Natick family helps to communicate information regarding school programs and schedules and is a familiar contact at school meetings and social events during the transition to a new community for a Boston family. Boston families not only provide the Natick family with a new link to the city, but also offer a diverse set of cultural and life experiences to share.

Relationships between families usually develop slowly, and the type and intensity of them varies from family to family. Some families plan joint outings, have students sleep over regularly in Boston and Natick, or get involved in sports teams or activities together. Other METCO Family Friends simply serve as an emergency contact and see each other occasionally at school or METCO sponsored events. It is particularly important that students from both communities understand that as cooperating partners they will be taking on an obligation of friendliness and helpfulness, but not of mandated friendship. Hopefully, friendship develops and cultural sensitivity is heightened, but each relationship will be unique.

If you are interested in becoming a partner family please fill out the form found here or contact Rasheedah Clayton, METCO Director, rclayton@natickps.org or 508.647.6631.

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