Statement from the Neighborhood House Charter School, Dorchester, MA

Date Published: 
April 16, 2013
Kevin Andrews

The Neighborhood House Charter School is mourning today the loss of our beloved student Martin Richard, during the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday. He was a bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. We are heartbroken by this loss. 


We are also praying for his mother, Denise, our school librarian and sister Jane, another Neighborhood House Charter student, who were seriously injured yesterday. Our thoughts are with his father, Bill Richard, and older brother, Henry. They are a wonderful family and represent the very best this city has to offer.


While we are still learning details of what happened, we are doing our best to support the Richard family, our students, staff and the entire school community as best we can. We are a small school and everyone knows and loves each other. To support them, we are bringing in counseling for our students, staff and their families. The Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the Public Health Commission as well as many of our partners are offering professional support and we are grateful. 


Finally, we wish to thank the media for their respectful and caring coverage over the last 24 hours. However, we ask that you respect our privacy as we try to support one another during this difficult time. We pledge to keep you informed, while we focus on doing everything we can for our students, teachers and community members.




One of the original 14 charter schools in Massachusetts, Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS) was founded in 1995 to provide a better educational option for low-income Boston families and to incubate and disseminate innovative practices that have the potential to improve public education for all students. Today, NHCS serves 400 students and is one of the most sought after pre-K–8 public schools in the city, successfully serving a diverse community of children in grades pre-K through 8 from Dorchester and surrounding Boston neighborhoods.