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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The challenge portion of the trip, Cohen notes, is tough. On both trips, the physical demands of climbing the moun- tains were high. "Some kids really had to work hard. The Nepal group was especially good at encouraging each other." Harmon was a bit nervous, but she said, "I'm most excited about learning about a culture that is drastically dif- ferent from mine." One of Cohen's prior students wrote of the trip: "The challenge showed me I could do more than I ever thought I could. Ultimately, the World Challenge expedition is an incredible experience because of the lessons it will teach you about yourself, your teammates, and the world." Lindsay Carroll Don't ever tell Lindsay Carroll that a birthday cake can't make a difference. Carroll, 18, and a 2018 graduate of Wellesley High School, started volunteering through Family Promise MetroWest (FPM) when she was 12 years old. She and her family were looking for ways they could give back to the community, and found out about FPM through Wellesley Village Church. The program was originally conceived in 2003 by members of Wellesley Village Church and Christ Lutheran Church of Natick. It opened its doors in 2008, providing housing for homeless families. Since then, FPM has grown into a comprehensive program, addressing the needs of the families they serve, including job searches, child care, and location of permanent housing. Carroll started out by watching and entertaining the kids who were residing at the church, as well as making dinners for resident families. While helping host a FPM birthday party one day, she saw how delighted the child was with his cake, and had an idea. "I thought about how meaningful it would be to really personalize the cake — to find out what the child wanted — the flavor, the theme — and bake a cake especially for them." Six years and over 50 cakes later, Carroll notes that the experi- ence has been life changing. "The kids get SO excited when they see their cakes. They often run up and hug me, and jump around," she laughs. Carroll has made cakes resembling castles, LEGOs, Barbies, dogs, and TV characters, among others. "The parents of the kids aren't always able to provide a cake for their child," she says. "Having someone do that is very special for them." The birthday recipients aren't always children. One mother for whom Carroll baked a cake was moved to tears. She'd never had a birthday cake before. P E R S P E C T I V E S R M ( P E R ) A few of Lindsay Carroll's cake creations and Lindsay (far right) with a happy birthday recipient 160 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 good works "an incredible experience"

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