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For the REcord was created to illustrate how the RE community has responded to the challenges of the global COVID-19 crisis. Through stories and reflections shared by members of our community, this digital history in real time examines what was lost, what was gained, how we adapted and how we helped others. We hope you enjoy perusing the community REflections (below left) and REactions to COVID-19 by alumni, students and parents (below right). This page will be updated.


We asked: How are you and your family feeling? What are you doing together and talking about as we experience this global reckoning on racial injustice?

List of 2 news stories.

  • Morgan Williams '26 with her words and her artwork

    Morgan Williams '26

    Maria and Terence Williams P'26 write: "We feel lost, confused. There are so many emotions coming at us as parents, all at the same time. We struggle with how to talk to our daughter, Morgan Williams '26, about these polarizing moments that we are witnessing. Do we censor what she's exposed to? Do we keep her in a bubble? Do we let it all out...exposing the raw truths and failures of this country toward Black people? We've chosen the latter. She is watching the news with us. She is asking questions, and we are answering them with rawness and emotion. To begin the conversation and begin an open dialogue, we decided to come up with a Williams Family Summer Mission: We will have family movie night featuring Black films throughout the Summer. Movies about Black History, the Black struggle, and Black excellence.

    "The photo shows her words. Her artwork."

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  • Zoe Burris '26 and her brother

    Zoe Burris '26

    Jason Burris P'26 writes: "We are doing good considering all that is happening. REmote school was very smooth for our daughter, Zoe Burris '26, and we were grateful that we had a device and home for her to thrive in. However the social aspect was deeply missed and desired by Zoe. As a sixth grader, that's such an important part of her life and development. Zoe wants to go back to school asap!

    "She wants to do something with RE people now and not wait till the fall. We are very grateful to be part of the RE family which also has opened up various opportunities to serve the community.
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We asked: What have you heard, observed or learned throughout the COVID-19 outbreak that has caused you to look at the world in a different light? What thoughts have been at the forefront of your mind during this unusual time?

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  • Lauren Page '24

    Lauren Page '24 writes: "The thought at the forefront of my mind was to take the time to extend kindness. Having the time to help others during a scary time, helping the helpless, and seizing this moment as am ‘opportunity’ to advance literacy in so many children’s world at home was my initial thought. We collected, boxes, and delivered 5,000 to families of Branches, Inc, 5,000 books to homeless residents of Camillus House, 7,000 books to United Way for distribution at COVID-19 testing sites, and delivered 9,000 books in indivisible boxes to the homes of families of Breakthrough Miami. Each time was an incredible experience."
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  • Darrow Dutcher Hodges ’63

    Darrow Dutcher Hodges ’63 writes: "I’m on a friend’s vineyard in western Colorado in peach and wine country. I was skiing a lot and then needed to quarantine. Then I was supposed to be in Florida all April and May, working with bird groups and visiting Miami, but all hell broke loose. My house in Denver remained rented to a couple who came for surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital. So, I am happily in the best place ever, but grapes aren’t being harvested till September. I volunteered to repaint the old 1920s rock sign at the town park among other projects, like mulching vine roots with alfalfa, a secondary nutritive crop. So, home in June, but The Palisade sign is done!"
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We asked: Share a paragraph, poem, photograph or even piece of art that captures how you and your family experienced this unprecedented holiday weekend (Passover/Easter 2020).

List of 2 news stories.

  • Angela Jiang '26

    Angela Jiang '26 writes: "Usually on Easter my family and I get together and have a egg hunt in someone's yard or in a park, but we can't get together or go in a park now. Hospitals are working super hard during this unprecedented time, so I decided to make thank you cards for them. The first photo is the card that I made for Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The second and third pictures are the card that I made for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. I also made another card for St. Mary's Children's Hospital, but forgot to take a photo."
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  • Chuli Serra '24

    Chuli Serra '24 writes: "We have spent a lot of time over this holiday weekend reading poetry. My sister and I scanned the internet looking for poems that we really liked and then recorded ourselves reciting them. It was interesting because when I showed my chosen poem, 'If,' to my parents, they were surprised and told me that they had been waiting for a special moment to share this poem with me. But then they agreed now was a perfect time to read and understand this wonderful poem about becoming a man. I met with my grandparents on a virtual call and recited my poem.
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  • Carlos Watson ’87, CEO of the media company OZY, produced and moderated

    RE alumni come together to give back

    Ransom Everglades alumni are working both to bring the school community together and to help in these challenging times. Whether it is serving on the frontlines, lending support to those in need, sharing their expertise or creating opportunities for meaningful connection, RE alumni are making a powerful difference.

    REal Heroes

    Carlos Watson ’87
    , CEO of the media company OZY, produced and moderated "The Time is Now: Race and Resolution," in partnership with A&E and the NAACP. The hour-long town hall, now available online, featured social justice figures discussing systemic racism, implicit bias and economic inequality – and the pathways forward to a more equitable society. Carlos showed us how important dialogue is at a time like this. We can learn a lot when we come together, confront problems, share our feelings and listen to one another.

    Joshua Williams ’18, the founder of Joshua's Heart Foundation, remains dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty. Joshua's Heart has been helping the most vulnerable members of the Miami community during COVID-19, and working to extend its reach and feed an additional 5,000 families. Joshua's organization also has made substantial donations to RE's Feed the Grove program, supplying hundreds of cartons of pasta, produce, milk and meat to the weekend meals initiative.

    Dr. Neal Shipley ’79 was featured in US News and World Report for his work leading 52 urgent care clinics through the COVID-19 peak in New York. At the beginning of March, Dr. Shipley unexpectedly found himself at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Shipley said in the article, "We all knew the toll this battle was taking, but we had to remain focused on the task at hand: to provide the best possible care for our patients despite the risk."
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  • Max Swietelsky '21 leads jazz class for Breakthrough Miami

    RE families make a REal Impact

    RE families are continuing to take collective action in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Max Swietelsky '21 is teaching a six-week elective for Breakthrough Miami's Summer Online Institute entitled "African American Music: Intro to Jazz." Swietelsky has recruited panelists that include Keith Clarke, founder of the Miami Jazz and Film Society; Village Vanguard veteran saxophonist Mark Small; Costa Rican drummer and composer Rodolfo Zuniga; guitarist Tom Lippencott of the Miami Jazz Quartet; Shelley Berg, Dean of the UM Frost School of Music; and Jon Hamm, RE Director of Instrumental Music. 

    Carson Stanton-Sharpless '23 has spent weekends cleaning up Bird Key in Biscayne Bay, loading his kayak with tires, beverage containers and other trash and removing the debris from the bird rookery. Read more about his efforts in this June 10 Miami Herald story.

    Mia Goldberg ’20 has teamed with associate alum Aleco Sanchez '20 to raise money for RE's Feed the Grove weekend meals initiative by selling artwork from RE students at framedmarketplace.com. Proceeds from the sale of works marked with "COVID 19" will fund meals for families with children from Frances S. Tucker Elementary and other parts of Coconut Grove. Isabella Bremer '21, Maia Gold '20, Goldberg, Kate Menninger '20, Emma Rosenthal '21 and Dani Sanchez '21 have donated art work to the gallery.
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