Preserve What Makes Milton, Milton
As 2014 comes to an end to make way for a new year,
review these "Photos of the Day" as a reminder of what makes Milton, Milton. From stage productions to athletic contests, from Harkness tables to off-campus programs, students are living by our motto, "Dare To Be True." You make these outstanding learning opportunities possible. See your Annual Fund gift at work in these images. Please join the Milton alumni, parents and friends who have already supported Milton's Annual Fund this year with a gift to the School. Thank you.
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Junot Díaz on Writing, Race and Gender
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz spoke with students this week not only as a creative writer, but also as a Dominican-American immigrant and an activist. Hosted by Milton’s student Latino Association, Mr. Díaz spent the morning answering questions from a packed room of students, on topics ranging from the writing process to the response to Ferguson, from gender equity to immigration.
With a personal history grounded deeply in the immigrant experience—Mr. Díaz came to the United States when he was six years old and grew up in New Jersey—he said that much of his own writing is informed by what he knows and what he experienced. “However,” he said, “there are endless ways to approach any craft. When your teachers tell you to ‘write what you know,’ they are teaching you to scale things correctly. In other words, if you can’t draw a cup, it’s going to be hard to draw a battle station. Until you can accurately describe your own world, it’s probably going to be difficult for you to describe someone else’s.”
Knowing Mr. Díaz’s significant background and work in activism and advocacy, students posed questions about the Latino community’s response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, about the reality of the “American Dream,” and about the role power plays in the country’s dialogue on race.
Community Service: The Season of Giving
The Community Service Board has been working hard over the past weeks, preparing for the holiday season. Every year, Milton students and adults commit to raising money and buying holiday gifts for local children and families in need, through nonprofit organizations and the Department of Children and Families. This year, students, faculty and staff purchased 30 coats for children of the Brookview House. Students gave children their gifts at the Brookview House holiday party this past weekend. At this fun and festive event, children participated in arts and crafts and enjoyed performances by Milton students.
The Community Service Board also partners with the Department of Children and Families to purchase “wish list” gifts for 30 children. Advisor groups and families sponsor a child, making his or her holiday a little brighter. Finally, students raised over $1,000 to create food baskets for families, which include potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Milton’s “little elves” worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to break to ensure that we have raised enough money to purchase gifts and supplies in time for the holidays. Students put their hearts into this worthwhile project, knowing the important difference they are making for many people at this time of year.