Lou Bernieri (MA '80), teacher at Phillips Academy Andover, executive director of Andover Bread Loaf, and a four-year volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL) was honored with the 2013 Jeannie Melucci Award on November 27. “We’re very appreciative to Lou for his remarkable, and at times life-changing, impact on our kids,” said Markus Fischer, executive director of the BGCL. “He has opened up a new world of creative writing and arts to our youth members, and unlocked the potential of becoming a writer or poet for many of them.”
Bernieri collaborated with BGCL education staff members to create Slice of Bread Loaf, a writing, arts, and performance program for elementary school children that starts with a two-week summer workshop and continues every other week through much of the year. The Slice is staffed by trained high school writing leaders from the BGCL. In addition, Bernieri helps the club’s high school members with college essays, and has enlisted other writing teachers and organizations that have added programming for all ages.
Bernieri has also been named co-chair of Lawrence, Massachusetts Mayor Daniel Rivera's Youth Council and to serve on Mayor Rivera's Education Transition Team.