WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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to find a way to pay the kindness forward to Boston's youth. "The whole city helped us," remembers Stephanie with gratitude, "all with the wish to help save his life." A couple of months after Max's passing, Stephanie met with a Boston Public Schools (BPS) administrator. Together they identified a perfect opportunity. The BPS needed quality books in their classrooms and Stephanie a way to bring meaning to her son's life and death. The auspi- cious meeting planted the seed for the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum. Today Courage in My Life is used by virtually every sixth grade class in the BPS, as well as in several other states and countries, including Cambodia, Yemen, and Mongolia. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 200,000 students, and in 2017 alone, more than 3,500. Motivated by the way Max lived his entire life, including when he was critically ill, the Warburg foundation provides educators with the tools to help young people discover their capacity for courage, find their voice to share their personal stories, and understand that their own actions have the potential to be powerful agents of change. In short, to develop the inner strength, resiliency, and empathy that came naturally to Max. The ELA program includes a menu of offerings: reading materials and videos about Max's positive attitude and deeds amidst adversity, curriculum guides and lesson plans aligned with city and state learning standards for award-winning novels that showcase character, teacher training workshops, essay writing guidelines, an annual published essay anthology, and an annual awards luncheon in Boston. Seated with proud parents and teachers at the 26th Annual Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Awards Luncheon, the young people dined on chicken tenders, lemonade, and bite-sized dessert treats. The ceremony in their honor began with fourth graders from the Neighborhood Charter School serenading the guests with selections from their original "Words of Courage Cantata" composition. Next up, a video introducing the Max Warburg Fellows to each other and the roomful of adults, followed by speeches. Mayor Marty Walsh, who like Mayor Tom Menino before him attended every Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Awards Luncheon since assuming office, thanked the courageous scholars and their teach- ers from all neighborhoods of the city. "I am learning from you," he said. "You help me find the courage to stand up for things I believe in that are not popular," continued the Mayor who also congratulated the students for being "pub- lished authors," an honor he hopes to earn one day, himself. top: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thanked the courageous scholars and their teachers at the luncheon. bottom: Volunteers gathered at the Boston Public Library to read the courage essays C O U R T E S Y O F T H E M A X W A R B U R G C O U R A G E C U R R I C U L U M Max Warburg Curriculum Mission Strengthen the literacy skills of students while inviting students and educators to explore the idea of courage in literature, in their own lives, and within the broader community. P I E R C E H A R M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y 146 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 7 good works "inner strength, resiliency, and empathy"

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