GH Student Recognized at 40th Annual Harold McGraw Good Citizenship Awards

Congratulations to Greenwich House Music School student Pia Mileaf-Patel, who will be awarded with a Good Citizenship Award for her leadership in the community. 

Since 1971, Greenwich House and three other centers in the West Side Association of Community Centers to recognize outstanding young people who exemplify the ideals of good citizenship and scholastic achievement. Their commitments help to strengthen the community and enrich the lives of their neighbors.

Pia Mileaf-Patel is an eighth grader at Little Red School House where she was honored as a 2012 Irwin scholar which recognizes “scholarship and leadership as a middle school student.” In 2011 she was awarded a Knight Award and was recognized for her academic leadership in founding her school’s newspaper, the LREITimes. She has been studying art and music since the age of four. She has continuously studied piano while also learning guitar, violin and voice as well as participating in chamber music and orchestra. Her artwork is in the collection of the Chidren’s Museum of the Arts after she was selected to take part in a Young Artists Residency exploring the research and painting of the WPA. The exhibit, Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present was displayed in June 2011. Pia’s work with the CMA was featured in New York Family magazine of October the same year.

During 2012, Pia and her school peers participated in a social justice project. Pia organized a letter writing campaign to raise awareness about child labor in American agriculture and to support the CARE act. To this end, her group interviewed filmmakers, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch/American Division, movement leaders and local food businesses. Pia culminated her social justice study with a group teach-in and by creating a public service poster using her own artwork. Learn More.

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