In 1996 a group of people in my town sought to bring more diversity to town.
They established a Wilton chapter of the ABC Program.
A Better Chance (ABC) was established in 1963
and recruits minority high school students
for placement in independent and public high schools.
The Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, is a graduate of the program.
He says: "This organization starts from the premise that talent resides in every American Community - and then puts that talent in the way of opportunity.
It's as simple and as powerful as that. And it's transforming too -
for 13 and 14 year olds like I was and for the institutions we pass through".
This is the original ABC House in Wilton.
Our program was initially for boys. It has grown to 8 boys.
As the program expanded the boys moved to a bigger house.
This year 4 girls were added to the program.
This is where they will live.
A group of talented individuals worked hard
to update this house for the girls.
Here are some of the memento boards and picture frames
that I donated for the girls
and for the resident family.
Command station in kitchen
fun dotty board and frame
a bright and cheerful Sea Cloth board and Sis Boom frame
(Sis Boom designer Jennifer Paganelli is also a Wilton resident)
yellow & white checks
I will add a picture of the girls soon.
They moved in last week and started school on Monday.