As we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, I would like to thank you for attending the Ladue Education Foundation's (LEF) Annual Community Breakfast … your support made the event a success! It was a lively event that was kicked off with music by the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Strolling Strings Ensemble. Never before have we had dancing at breakfast! A few highlights included:
• Larry Levin, the LEF’s founding president, provided an overview of our 10 years and a toast to our anniversary.
• Jim Wagner, our honorary guest and retired Ladue School District educator and administrator from 1958-1985, gave a touching speech and shared highlights of education at the Ladue School District and thoughts for students today.
• Dr. Donna Jahnke, our Ladue Schools Superintendent, shared the strategic vision for the district and celebrated the partnership between our school district, the community and the LEF, including the successful passage of Proposition R and the LEF Capital Campaign for the LHWHS campus renovation.
• Students shared how LEF grants enriched their educational experience, including a Drumming for Diversity performance, highlights of Creation Station, and STEM Scouts. We also received a demo of Peer Coaching using Swivl by LHWHS teacher Drew Crismon. It was wonderful to hear directly from those touched by your contributions to the Ladue Education Foundation and how we can make a difference in our schools each and every day.
The Ladue Education Foundation has the power to unite our community in support of building an extraordinary, world-class public education system right here at home. The Ladue School District has been recognized nationally for its commitment to excellence, but tax dollars alone do not allow the district to provide some of the unique opportunities and experiences that can give our students additional advantages in their education while they are in our schools and once they graduate.
With the support of the community through the LEF, these opportunities and experiences become reality, giving our students even greater potential to become leaders locally and nationally in ways that can change the world.
If you were able to donate at the breakfast, thank you. If you have not yet had the chance to support the LEF, I invite you to review our 2015-16 annual report to learn about our efforts to advance the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for student success.
Julie LaBonté, LEF Board President