The staff, students and Board of Directors of St Mark Community Education Program would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket or made a donation to our 2017 raffle. We truly appreciate your support.
Here are this year’s winners
Thi Man Duong – Dorchester
Thu Thao Duong- Dorchester
Jose Castillo – Dorchester
Bob Quirk -North Marshfield, former resident of Samoset St
Alexandra Chan Ford – New York City
Cummings Foundation, Inc. – Cummings Foundation, Inc. (CFI), is a private operating foundation based in Woburn, Massachusetts. It sponsors place-based philanthropy focused on eastern Middlesex, southern Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts. Through the$100K for 100 program, it makes grants in roughly the same geographic areas from which CFI and its founders derived their funds and where most Cummings staff and clients live.
For more information please visit: www.CummingsFoundation.org
About the mural:
The scene on the mural shows immigrants from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Cape Verde, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, countries where many of St. Mark’s English students come from, sharing their country’s most beloved dishes with each other. At the end of every semester of English classes, the ESL students at St. Mark’s celebrate their improved English and new friendships by bringing their favorite foods to the school and serving a feast for themselves and their teachers. The artist, who has also taught English at the school, chose to paint this scene in order to give each of the students a dish on the wall that they could name, relate to, and talk about–and to inspire them to keep studying hard in their classes by reminding them of the delicious party that awaits them at the end of the semester.
The quote on the mural, “We, too, are America,” is a nod to Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, too,” in which Hughes writes about being “the darker brother” who is sent to “eat in the kitchen when company comes.” Despite the insult, he “laugh[s], eat[s] well, and grow[s] strong,” ultimately declaring that he, too, is America. The mural is on display in the lobby of the classroom building.
About the artist:
St. Marks Community Education Program will be offering classes 6 days a week starting in September
Level One Computer classes are now available at the SMCEP. Classes combine individual and group instruction settings. Pictured above are the students and the instructor (Errol Folkes). Please call Mike Oliver at 617.288.8515 for more information. You can also...