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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luncheon, was struck by "the youthful faces of seemingly easy-going kids" — faces that belied the profound adversity she had read about in their essays. Weston resident Jill Lenhardt is an essay reader and a board member who makes sure to share the published essay book with her three sons. "Reading the kids' stories reminds my boys how fortunate they are," comments Lenhardt. She continues, "I have a passion for organizations that help kids feel empowered in tough sit- uations. And as a mother, I have so much respect for Stephanie for taking her immense grief and turning it into this wonderful program that serves so many children." Katherine Rooks of Wellesley assumed the position of executive director of the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum in July of 2016. "Stephanie reached out to me just as I was graduating with my mas- ter's of fine arts in writing, explains Rooks. "It's inspiring to work with kids, helping them understand how their actions, though totally nor- mal to them, are extraordinary," comments Rooks. The nonprofit is housed in offices at Northeastern University, one of the organization's partners, which also include the University of Michigan School of Education, The Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Learning Pathways, Glasswing International/El Salvador, The Cambridge Cambodia School Project, and Write Boston. "Even in the face of dreadful sickness, Max stayed positive and looked out for others. He would say, 'Please come to my bone marrow drives, if you cannot help me, maybe you can help someone else in need of bone marrow,'" explains Stephanie proudly. "By example, Max gave a message of hope to other children." Twenty-seven years after his untimely death, Max continues to spread hope thanks to the way he lived, as well as to the dedication of his parents Stephanie and Jonathan, his younger brother Fred, countless volunteers, teachers, principals, and thousands of courageous students in Boston and beyond. P I E R C E H A R M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y Kit Cunningham Get involved n TEACHERS: learn more about the curricula at maxcourage.org/curricula-programs or call 617.373.7399 n ATTEND the fundraising gala in the winter and/or awards lunch in the spring – learn more at maxcourage.org/events n VOLUNTEER to review essays in February – email Katherine@maxcourage.org or call 617.373.7399 150 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 "courageous students"

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