WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Gladstone. "It's not quiet. It's not quiet at all. There will be music, and kids talking and playing with the cats. It's more a multi-purpose building. It's very Latin American." When the library opened, hardly anybody from Palo Solo had attended high school. COURTESY LONE TREE INSTITUTE "Now," says Sally Gladstone, "we have a lot of Before the Library was built, funds were provided by the Institute to provide potable water to the community of Palo Solo. Above, volunteers help to dig a ditch during the initial phase of the project. people going to high school, and we have four people that are in college, and that's a huge change from 2005." She attributes some of the increase to the local school's decision to add a teacher for the upper elementary grades, a move that paves a path for kids interested in moving on to the high school, which is located in another town. But also, she says, the library programs have shifted kids' attitudes about their own abilities. "It gives them confidence, even though they come from these extremely poor families. If they can do well, and they can dance and paint like nobody's business, it gives them the sense they can do something in life other than swing a machete," Sally Gladstone explains. "They can be a farmer if they want to be. But it's not as though they're going to only be able to swing a machete, especially on somebody else's farm." Peggy Calkins, Sally Gladstone's sister, says that Sally's familiarity with Palo Solo has We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 helped ensure that the Lone Tree Institute provides services the community really needs. For example, funds were spent on helping to make sure everyone had access to potable water before the library was built. 160

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