This month, Becky Kendall and Mila Camargo Cortes (both ’18) have plastered a new set of shout-outs onto the Kindness Wall, a collage of hand-written compliments from and about school community members. The quotes change every trimester to acknowledge the kind gestures of students, faculty, and sta in the school, which range from having “quality music taste and a huge heart” to “always [being] around for an awesome conversation.”
The project began last year when Katie Massie ’16 created the wall as part of her Senior Spring Project. After constructing the rst, she asked students if anyone would be interested in continuing it after her graduation. Becky and Mila volunteered and took over the project in the fall, reaching out to the community via email and inviting any interested students to write their compliments on colorful 1-foot paper squares in the art studio during an X block. The process remained the same for the winter, but for the spring cycle, Becky and Mila emailed the current wall’s compliment recipients and asked them to write for someone else.
“It’s basically like passing on the kindness,” Becky said. “It’s what we’re going to try to do in the future so the compliments can keep spreading around the school.”
Becky and Mila plan to continue this project through their graduation, at which point they’ll look for new curators for the wall.
Twenty-one students and four teachers traveled to Worcester Academy on April 22 and 23 for the annual Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)—a conference for high school students of color—to discuss culture, race, and ethnicity.
A collection of New England independent schools founded the conference over 20 years ago, and di erent schools have rotated hosting each year. BB&N has hosted twice, in 2003 and 2013, and students and faculty have attended annually since its founding.
The rst day of this year’s conference included an opening talk by journalist and LGBT rights activist Tiq Milan and a social dance for the approximately 600 students in attendance.
The second day focused on smaller workshops. Before traveling to Worcester Academy, students lled out a registration form to choose from over 20 workshops run by faculty on topics ranging from climate change to racial injustice.
The conference ended with closing speaker Che Anderson, a sta assistant in the O ce of the City Manager in Worcester, who manages special events to promote cultural equity.
“The students get a sense of their own experience compared to the experience of students of color at other private schools throughout New England,” Mr. Bryant said. Alia Rizvi ’18 added, “I think it’s important to remember we’re all there for the reason of uniting and speci cally for the reason of uniting across racial, gender,
[and] LGBTQ barriers.”