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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Connecting Two Worlds cross, over and over, for a solid two or three minutes. Then he got up and walked out. You could tell they weren't saying, 'what is he doing here?' They were cheering for this man in ripped, dirty clothes, welcoming him. That wouldn't happen around Wellesley." Lauren Wetherbee, 29, joined the trip as an advisor because she remembers how much fun the trips were as a teen, and what she learned. "They showed me that nonprofit work exists, that your career can help make a difference, that there are possibilities outside the business and finance weeks. These trees are where they will get their livelihood. I'm honored tracks my compatriots in high school entered." Today, Wetherbee man- to play a part in their lives." ages a holistic farm to school program for urban kindergartners in Worcester with the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. Allie Fuller, 16, admitted she was initially skeptical about the trip. Fuller was surprised by the poverty level because she had heard about the DR's plush beach resorts from vacationing friends. Then she saw where people lived. "I've planted trees in Santa Fe. It was no big deal. But after a long day "Tiny cement and aluminum shacks on hillsides," she says. "An working, one of the Dominicans had us turn around at the top of a entire family living in what we would consider a single room. They hill to see all the baby trees we planted. She said, 'in 20 years, this will didn't have doors or floors. There were people living in nice homes, be a forest.' It made me feel proud, that you're not just here because too, but if you put those homes here, they wouldn't match up. It made your mom told you to go. Without us, it would have taken them me see how blessed I am to live this life, go to school, go to college, and have all the little luxuries I take for granted, like a toothbrush and FUNDACION LOMA QUITA ESPUELA www.flqe.org.do running water." "What characterized the trip for me," says Fuller, "was one day when it was raining really hard. It was so muddy you couldn't see the road. The vans couldn't drive through it. We were walking in the mud, our clothes were soaked. A woman and her husband saw us walking and waved us in. They must be at least 80. She had no teeth and lived in a tiny little hut on the road. She was the friendliest old lady I ever met. She gave us all hugs. We were a bunch of strangers and she was doing her best to make us all happy and warm. She pulled out enough plastic 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 chairs for the 16 of us, all crammed together, and she stood in the corner. She may have had some knowledge why we were there so maybe it was gratitude but she was a really kind person. That was true of all the people there. They were a really warm and welcoming community. I want to be more like her." 92

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