13 May

Bishop Maginn High School: Pizza Day. The Warriors Of The Army Of Good Strike Again

by Jon Katz

There is no limit to the generosity and compassion of the people who call themselves the Army Of Good. They got the women at Bishop Maginn High School gowns for their prom this week, and today,  Florence and Joe Milo – to enthusiastic supporters of the AOG – struck again, ordering pizza for the entire school at lunch today.

Sue Silverstein was good enough to send me some photos and this message (she took the photos):

Florence and Joe Milo send 29 pizzas, every kind of pizza, to the high school today.

”She has been so kind to the kids this year. She has donated warm clothing, books for the English Departament, granola bars for hungry mornings, given to every Wish List and always wrapped the students here with her love and friendship. We appreciate Florence and her husband so much!”

Thanks, Florence and Joe. for helping these kids.

A reporter from an Albany newspaper asked me recently what we have done for the school these past few years.


Honestly, it would take me a day to come close to a full list.

Shoes, winter clothes, food, laptops, microscopes, blankets, towels, sweaters, books, a piano, basketballs,  prom dresses and prom support, a therapy dog, art supplies, Covid-19 medical supplies, disinfectant and signage,morning snacks for hungry children, English reading books,   food coupons, music, a dozen successful  Wish Lists – it goes on and on.

People like Florence and Joe make it possible. They – and you – have brightened the lives of these children and given them hope and what they most need – empathy.

The school is closing down in a few weeks, but the refugee program is moving to a different school. Zinnia and I (and Sue) are going with them. Stay tuned.

We have a difference. And we will continue to make a difference thanks to people like the Milo’s and hundreds of others.


  1. Albany folks rock! One friend makes sure the refugees have furnishings, another teaches them to sew and helps them on their way to citizenship. She also attends all of the Naturalization Ceremonies. Still another gets the kids out on the water in kayaks and canoes. All of you make such a difference!

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