WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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bring sports equipment and not food. The president reassured him that this made the nation feel like they were human … that they were worth more than just being kept alive. It is the impact of this type of social and emotional learning that drew Smith Milway to this story, which was an outgrowth of her previ- ous book. "In my earlier book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, I focused on philanthropy, microfinance, and social entre- preneurship," Smith Milway says. "Kojo, a young boy in Ghana, buys one hen that lays eggs, which grow into other hens, until he becomes one of the largest chicken farmers in the country." The resulting One Hen organization works to empower children to become social entrepreneurs that make a difference in their community and beyond. Through the program, a small loan is provided to a group of children who then decide what product to make and sell. The children then pay back the loan and decide what portion of the profit to give to charity. "We piloted One Hen at the Wellesley Middle School," Smith Milway says. "The largest surprise for everyone was the additional amount that the kids wanted to give to charity after the profits were calculated. I quickly realized that the program had no way to measure the impact of social and emotional learning that occurred. I knew that I wanted my next book to be focused on something that looks at social C O U R T E S Y O F J U L I E A R N O L D ( L E F T ) A N D M I K E M I L W A Y ( R I G H T ) left: Banana-leaf balls; bottom: Gabriel DuPont of Wellesley guiding big sister Elise in a trust-building game at the Banana-Leaf Ball launch at Wellesley Free Library C O U R T E S Y O F M I K E M I L W A Y Katie Smith Milway 168 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 books "children are playing for the intrinsic value"

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