Milken Mini Stories: Writes of Passage, Italian Holocaust Remembrance, and Middle School Kulam Service Day

Writes of Passage
Talia Harris ’18 was the spotlight storyteller at the Creative Writing Department’s Writes of Passage held on Thursday, January 18. She read her short story “Trouble” about two best friends whose friendship is threatened because of a serious incident. Harris noted that she wrote the story in her creative writing class, starting with the characters. After she developed them, she pulled situations from her own life and wove them into a dramatic, heartbreaking, and passionate story. Harris, who is also an avid photographer, says photography helps her to create vivid scenery in a story and makes a situation more realistic because the readers can see it in their heads. She says her writing is stronger because of it.

Italian Holocaust Remembrance Day
Students, faculty, and staff at the Upper School and Middle School honored Italian Holocaust victims with a public reading of their names on Thursday, January 25 to commemorate Italy’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Enrica Dente Deli Scrovegni from the Italian Consulate introduced the program and assisted students and faculty with the readings. Names were also read at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), Museum of Tolerance, and for the first time, Loyola Marymount University.

Middle School Kulam Service Day

The Middle School recently participated in their second Kulam service learning trip. Each group ventured off campus in an effort to take positive action and make contributions to their self-selected causes.

GetGreen broke off into two groups. The first group toured the city of Pacoima with a leader from the organization Pacoima Beautiful. The students observed pollution in the city, living conditions of its residents, and efforts being made to improve the environment there. The second group visited the Burbank Recycling center and learned about what can be recycled, how it is recycled, and how the process has changed over the past twenty years.

The InterGen group visited retirement homes in the community and played board games. This gave students the opportunity to engage with seniors and learn about their life experiences.

The NextGen group returned to Para Los Niños and met with their reading buddies. As a group, they read and acted out stories. Afterwards, they went to their individual buddies and read in pairs. The students were pleased with the progress their buddies had made since their last meeting.

The GetWell group also divided into two groups. One group toured the facilities of the Midnight Mission. They helped serve lunch to the homeless and clean up afterward. The second group joined the organization Hope of the Valley and met with a leader who spoke to students about the organization's mission and challenges they face. They also served lunch to the guests and cleaned up when it was finished. Students from both groups were inspired the people they met and were able to help that day.
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Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.