The LEF supports the district's ongoing efforts to be responsive to the significant diversity of our school community as they continually review programs, activities and curricula.

District programs with a DEI focus supported by the LEF:

Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Thanks to this grant, the Mobile Museum, a collection of 7,000 artifacts dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to popular hip-hop culture, will be displayed on the Ladue School District campus for three days and teacher training will be held on the use of artifacts in curriculum.

Insights into the Holocaust from a Survivor
This grant, funded in collaboration with Clayton School District, provides Ladue School District the rights to the documentary “Big Sonia,” which details Sonia Warshawski’s past and current life as a Holocaust survivor. The district will host a community showing of “Big Sonia.” A Q&A session will follow with the film’s directors (Clayton alumna Leah Warshawski and her husband, Todd Soliday) and Sonia Warshawski’s two daughters, Regina Kort and Debbie Warshawski (a St. Louis native).

Visit by Best-Selling Author
Best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi spoke about her novel American Street to LHWHS English classes and to a small group of students and teachers during a luncheon. In sharing her life story as an immigrant and her views on how life can inform art, Ms. Zoboi invited students to find validation in their own stories.

Eye See Me Library Diversification

Classroom libraries for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students across the district now have a selection of books that feature characters and story lines that reflect the cultures of students of color.

Musical Instruments

The purchase of loaner instruments for the district ensures that all interested students can join the band or orchestra, regardless of family circumstances.

Laptops for Learning

"Laptops for Learning" provides students with financial need the opportunity to check out laptops and wifi hotspots for an extended period so they can access curriculum from home, and parents can better support their students' school success.

Alumni Partnership with Patrick Henry Downtown Academy

In addition to donating toward the renovation of LHWHS in honor of their 50th reunion, members of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Class of 1966 raised funds to provide laptop computers to Patrick Henry Downtown Academy in the St. Louis Public School District. The LEF applauds the decision of this LHWHS class to broaden the scope of our efforts beyond the Ladue School District’s boundaries.

Wells Fargo Grant for Musical Instruments

The Wells Fargo grant helps to ensure that students, grades 4–12, who wish to rent a musical instrument to participate in the music program, can do so regardless of their families’ financial circumstances.

Bringing Literacy into the Home

Books collected and purchased help create home libraries for low-income families at the LECC, improving literacy in multiple communities, including those where English is not the primary language. In addition, meetings are arranged, with interpreters if necessary, to discuss the importance of reading at home. The goal is to improve literacy.

Drumming for Diversity

A REMO World Drumming 16-Piece Tubano Package was purchased and can be shared by the elementary schools to provide opportunities to participate in multicultural music experiences while improvising and composing with rhythms.

My Summer Reading Life

This pilot program funded by the LEF aims to match struggling readers and students who have limited access to reading material with appropriate and interesting books. These readers are partnered with teachers who engage, motivate and celebrate with them as they read to help prevent the “summer slip.”

Narrowing the Achievement Gap with iPads

For students without access to computers at home, the LEF provides funding so these students can take home a device that allows them to complete and submit homework, do Internet research, check teachers' websites and much more. The LEF hopes to expand this program to more students in similar situations.

STRIDE (Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally)

Headed by retired LHWHS social students teacher Rob Good, this pilot program provided academic, social and college exploration support to African-American sophomores. This program evolved into the current UJIMA/RISE program.

Reed/Patrick Henry Diversity Partnership

Reed Elementary School and Patrick Henry Elementary School partnered from 2007-2010 to bring student groups together to promote community-building and mutual understanding with character education, music and outdoor learning.

For more information & resources provided by the district visit the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion page of the district's website. 

Ladue School District Diversity Milestones

DEI Resources List

All parents, but particularly those of color, are invited to C.U.R.E. meetings. C.U.R.E. stands for Community Understanding Respect Education and meets several times during the school year, along with district teachers and administrators, to discuss issues of particular interest to our minority families and students. To get notifications of C.U.R.E. meetings, please email input@ladueschools.net.

The Ladue School District and the LEF are fortunate to have other organizations in the community dedicated to supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues, as well.

LadueCARES: Ladue Change Agents for Racial Equity: We gather to candidly discuss and examine racial equity in our community. 


• Build trust & friendship across racial and  socio-economic barriers
• Strengthen our community
• Provide hope

Together we are stronger in our efforts toward social justice!

Please email laduecares@gmail.com to receive updates about upcoming meetings and events.

Diversity Awareness Partnership is a catalyst to increase awareness, facilitate engagement and provide education about diversity and inclusion.