On behalf of the New York City Department of Education, we hope that each of you has a wonderful, peaceful, and joyous holiday season!


James Madison H.S.’ Lisa Casale created this year’s holiday card. 

Also, a big shout-out to student Lisa Casale, a senior out of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, as she helped design the greeting card above.

We actually caught up with Lisa before the holiday break kicks off on December 26 and asked her some quick questions about her work and her holiday plans:

What was your inspiration for the “Hope” card you designed?

Lisa: I was given a prompt (to design a holiday card) in photography (class), and I worked on a photography design, but I just wasn’t happy with it.  I then went home and created the card you have because I feel that at Madison there are so many hands to support us, such as my advisor, Ms. Flenga, who has truly given me hope and an extra hand.

What does the word “hope” mean to you?

Lisa: “Hope” to me means a better future.

Do you plan on sticking with the arts after high school? If so, what do you like about the arts?

Lisa: I plan to pursue a career as a wildlife veterinarian.  However, I love art, so I pursue it on my free time just for fun.

Finally, any plans for winter break?

Lisa: Not waking up for my 7:20 a.m. class, and taking a college road trip through Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany, and Binghamton.

Thank you, Lisa, for your wonderful work! We wish you a relaxing holiday season, and we wish you success throughout the rest of the school year and in your future endeavors.


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