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Please read this beautiful tribute to student Miles Kirland.
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It is with a great deal of sadness that we write about the passing of 16 year old Curtis HS student Miles Kirkland-Thomas. We first met Miles earlier this summer through the SYEP program. His first assignment with SYEP, and with us, was beautification at the 120th Precinct. We were very concerned about how the students working with us would would feel about the project. Miles came up to us, introduced himself, pointed to a dead bush, looked at us and said “Do you want me to pull that out?” That was it. He just wanted to get the work done.
He was like that the whole summer. There are so many stories we could tell, including when he saw us digging up weeds and trying to figure out what flowers to plant and, well he just started planting them. Or the many kindnesses he showed to the other students working in the program.
He was part of all our projects this summer: Most notably the 120th Precinct Project; the Tree Stewardship project with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the office of Debi Rose, Trees New York and Partnerships for Parks; the Park Lane beautification project and the Stapleton, SI project with MillionTreesNYC.
Our personal favorite memory of Miles was a weekend day in mid July when we’d been doing some flower planting at the 120th Precinct. Miles was getting a ride home so we sat and chatted for about 30 minutes about his hopes, and dreams and future. We think about that as his “spot” on the far end of the 120th Precinct garden beds, closest to the ferry.
We were so impressed by him that day and vowed to help him in any way that we could to reach his dreams of college and beyond. These are the moments that make our organization, and all the work that goes into it, worthwhile. Miles did that for US.
We will miss Miles so much and the light that he brought to our world and the worlds of those around him. We have several thoughts about how to honor Miles and will have updates in the next few weeks. Our thoughts are with those who loved and cared for Miles. He was a special young man of honor, strength of character and valor and we will forever remember him as a member of the H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths family.
Staten Island Advance Article: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/curtis_high_school_junior_dies.html
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