WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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a week, the preparation for the project took several months. Gray describes himself as "naturally intro- verted," and notes that his various volunteer work has inspired him to consider career paths that he may not have considered otherwise. Physics and engineering are interests, but he notes that now he also thinks of more people- centered careers like psychology. Adriana Voci Adriana Voci saw a community need and de- cided to meet it. At age 14. Now a recent graduate of Wellesley High School, Voci started a mobile reading library as a freshman. She noticed that while a commu- nity like Wellesley has many libraries and easy access to reading materials, not all communi- ties do. Voci wanted to bring books to kids in need, and to inspire a love of reading and learning. She applied for and was awarded the Hannah Randolph Memorial Scholarship, es- tablished in memory of the WHS freshman who died in a 2012 skiing accident. Armed with funds, Voci coordinated with the Waltham Director of Parks and Recreation, and started taking books to McDonald Playground in Waltham. She set up a booth three times a week for a few hours a day. Books were free, and Voci would read to any and all interested kids at the park. "Kids were naturally attracted to the booth," Voci says. (Balloons and colorful signage didn't hurt.) She describes the first summer as a pilot 157 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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