This holiday season, Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) is busy with many projects aimed at helping others, involving students, staff and faculty. Starting back in October around Halloween, CEPP students collected candy donations, wrote notes of thanks and encouragement, and packaged them off to troops serving in Afghanistan.
In November, CEPP hosted its annual Hunger Awareness Week. The main event was a lunch period during which students and adults drew lottery tickets that assigned them to either a high-, middle- or low-income tier. The number of tickets for each income level was proportional to current incomes worldwide, with the majority representing people who live in poverty. The ticket each participant received indicated whether they would eat a full meal, rice and beans, or just a bowl of rice. More than $1,600 was raised, which will be donated to Partners in Health programs in Haiti and Navajo Nation.
CEPP is also managing a gift drive to fulfill the wishes of 60 children from the Taylor Elementary School in Dorchester and the Bridge Boston Elementary School. Many student advisory groups together are purchasing gifts or collecting money for food baskets. The food baskets are for 20 families support by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and CEPP student leaders will assemble the baskets next week.
The inclement weather of a New England winter is upon us, presenting conditions that can sometimes prompt school cancellations and delays. In the case of a weather event, Milton administrators carefully consider forecasts along with safety and logistical concerns before determining whether to cancel or delay school.
If classes are canceled or delayed, Milton will notify families via Rave Alerts, which are sent to all School community members through phone, email, and text messages. Please read these announcements carefully. Students and parents should keep their contact information up to date in MyMilton in order to receive alerts.
Details on any cancellations or delays will also post on our School Cancellations page. In addition, Milton shares weather-related delay and cancellation information with Boston-area media outlets that compile lists of local school closures and delays.
Although classes may at times need to be canceled or delayed due to winter weather, Milton continues operations for students who live on campus. Boarding students will always have adults to oversee programming during the days when the weather forces a schedule change.
The safety of our students and community members is paramount. Day students and their families who drive to school are reminded that roads may continue to be affected after a winter storm has ended, due to ice, flooding, and narrower lanes and obstructed views caused by snow piles. Use extra caution when driving to and on campus after a cancellation or delay. If at any time you feel that road conditions are unsafe to travel to campus when classes are in session, please call your child out via the attendance line, 617-898-2923.
Our facilities team works hard before, during, and after winter storms to keep campus walkways and roads cleared of snow, but be mindful that fluctuating temperatures can create slippery surfaces almost instantly. Students should be attentive while walking or driving around campus during the winter.
Raúl the Third, an illustrator, author and painter, found his first artistic inspiration in a library.
Born Raúl González in El Paso, Texas, the artist explained that his mother—frustrated with staying in a tiny apartment with three young boys—dragged the family to a public library. Mr. González recalled two sensations he would love forever: air conditioning and the smell of books.
He and his mother got to know the librarians, who would recommend books that helped them learn English. One time, a librarian asked Mr. González to describe a book.
“She said, ‘If you can’t tell me what your favorite part was, why don’t you draw it for me?’” he recalled in a talk with visual arts students during the Nesto Gallery assembly. “From that point on, every time I read a book, I created an illustration for it.”
Mr. González’s exhibit, “¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Art Show,” opened in the Nesto Gallery, located in the lower level of the Art and Media Center, last month. It runs through December 14. The Nesto Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
He also spent time working with students, sharing his techniques and inspirations.
At the assembly, Mr. González described how images from his childhood in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, inform his artwork today. The rocks and plants of his surroundings, along with the sights and sounds of the marketplace in Juarez that he visited frequently, appear in sun-bleached color in his comics and picture books. He encouraged students interested in drawing to start with themselves, as he sketched a quick self-portrait, and incorporate familiar images and people into their work.
“Look around,” he said. “There’s always something to inspire your art.”
Raúl the Third has written several books, including the Lowriders in Space graphic novel series and ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, a picture book for young readers. Lowriders in Space was nominated for a Texas BlueBonnet award in 2016–2017, and Mr. González was awarded the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration by the American Library Association for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. He was also a contributor to the SpongeBob Comics series.
View photos of pieces on display in the Nesto exhibit.
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