Friends of the Hernández

The Friends of the Rafael Hernández School (FOH) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit branch of the Hernández School.  Its Board of Directors consists of parents, school administration, and community partners. Friends of the Hernández is responsible for the After School program, our expanded “Art, Cultura e Identidad” art program, and building community partnerships with various organizations in and around Boston.

Since its foundation in 2001, Friends of the Hernández (FOH) has strengthened the Hernández school’s status as an integral “piece” of the Egleston Square puzzle. Founded by a group of dedicated parents, FOH has grown from organizing school yard clean-ups to supporting an after school program for 150+ students.

Our Mission
The mission of the Friends of the Hernández (FOH) is to support and advocate for the Rafael Hernández K-8 Dual Language Immersion School and the surrounding community.  In collaboration with school staff, families and partners, the organization contributes to the cultural fabric of our neighborhood and increases access to high-quality after school programming as well as the arts and dual-language education


FOH Board 2019-2020

Board Chair: Marisol Negron 
Rafael Hernández Principal: Carolina Brito
Executive Director of FOH: Sara Kilroy
Treasurer: Ana Balcarcel
Matt Cregor
Ana Tavares
Soo Hong
Megan Wolf
Clayton Samuels
Susan Lombardi-Verticelli
Denise Delgado

Our History: A Deeper Dive

The Friends of the Hernández (FOH) emerged from broken glass and community activism, much like the Rafael Hernández K-8 Spanish/English Dual Language School whose students and families FOH serves. In the early 1980s, the Hernández took root in Boston’s Egleston Square neighborhood after the growing Latinx community petitioned Boston Public Schools for a school to meet their students’ linguistic needs. As the schoolyard fell into disrepair, in 1995 a dedicated group of parents began clearing broken glass from the playground each Monday. By 2001, the school community’s fierce desire to fight for their students’ education gave rise to the Friends of the Hernández 501(c)3. Today, FOH continues to nurture bilingual, biliterate learners through extracurricular programming, leveraging resources beyond the school budget to enrich students’ education.

Friends of the Hernández could not achieve its mission without the people, businesses, and grantmakers that support us. Thank you. 

Grant Makers