KERRY JON WALKER FUND
SOUTH SHORE LIVING – Mikey Walker, the head of school at Old Colony Montessori in Hingham, is known for her spectacular smile, passion for education and commitment to civic work. She is the founder of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a nonprofit organization created in memory of her late son, which aims to bring awareness to the devastating poverty faced by children in West Africa. The group, which was recently named a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 award recipient, has shipped thousands of pounds of books, educational supplies, medicine, clothing, toys and eye glasses to the country of Guinea and holds annual mission trips.
Last summer, the fund sponsored five underprivileged Boston students so that they could travel abroad and give back to orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The trips are both educational and enlightening for students, promoting intercultural sensitivity and providing them with a sense of satisfaction from being able to help others. By exposing young people to these opportunities, Walker is helping to nurture the next generation of global citizens.
By Maria Allen, Photo by Jack Foley