Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) joined forces with John Hancock Financial to create the Light of Dawnn Scholarship, which was awarded to three Boston-area students including Steps senior Kerimal Suriel. Kerimal received $5,000 for tuition to the college of her choice. The Light of Dawnn Scholarship honors the legacy of Dawnn Jaffier, a community leader and role model whose life ended much too soon on the streets of Boston because of gang violence.
The SWAG (Finding our Strengths, Weaknesses, and Goals) men’s group at Brookline High School was pleased to host Jason Harris this month.
Like many of our students, Jason came from a household with little money. Jason recalled eating a lot of “government cheese.” Today, Jason is a successful local businessman who owns three landscape related businesses.
The boys were very engaged by Jason who talked to them about the need to invest in their goals. Jason talked to the boys about his model for success called the “Fabulous 52”. The lynchpin of the Fabulous 52 is working on a goal every week in order to see significant progress over the course of a year. Jason encouraged the boys to actively network with their elders saying: “Youth is wasted on the young.” For Jason when you are young and seek help folks are more likely to invest in you. Jason’s message of developing goals and figuring out a plan to attain them was easily embraced by the young attendees.
In addition to hosting speakers like Jason, SWAG is a weekly opportunity for male STS students at BHS to talk about issues facing them today such as race, gender, responsibility, and expectations. It is organized by Dan Arroyo, High School Advisor, Will English, K-12 Advisor, and Antonio Swallowhorn, the Albert Schweitzer Fellow at Tufts University.
Jason Harris is the Vice President for Lombardi Designs, an award-winning landscape architecture company. He holds a BA from Georgetown University as well as an MBA from Babson College.
We are proud to share videos of our two STS 8th grade students at William H. Lincoln School who presented their Declamation in front of their peers and families. Declamation at William H. Lincoln school is when middle school students from grades 6-8 learn and memorize a written work of someone else or an original piece that they have written. The students then perform these pieces for the school community. STS students Jonathan and Jalen were two of the ten students chosen to recite their piece to the school. They did an amazing job and we are proud to share their accomplishment with everyone!
For the past few months, middle school students at Upper Devotion school have been working on a special project. When the Teen Advantage (TA) program moved into their space at the beginning of the year, they were faced with a white-washed, windowless room that was in high need of some personality. The students and their guest artists developed a concept to bring some life to their after-school space by painting a giant mural of a Brookline street scene.
Students decided that this wouldn’t be just any street in Brookline, but one full of their favorite landmarks and their favorite characters. The scene shows the CITGO sign, the Prudential Center, and Faneuil Hall in the background as well as brightly colored minions and emoji characters playing the the foreground. Each student dreamed up a portion of the design to add and helped to paint it into the mural, making it truly a team effort.
Eighth grader Elise Gordon, who added a dancing donut to the mural, commented, “it’s a new experience for all of us and it allows us to show our creativity.” The mural is still in progress, but the Upper Devo TA program hopes to have a big reveal party sometime this spring!