Innovation Celebration Draws Enthusiastic Support for STEAM Education
The Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association held its annual spring fundraiser, Innovation Celebration, on Friday, April 13. More than 250 district alumni, parents, staff and community members gathered at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to celebrate innovation in the Ladue School District.
The theme is a continuation from the previous year, emphasizing the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in educating and preparing students for the future. Guests enjoyed a dinner catered by Butler’s Pantry and a live auction, in addition to having the opportunity to see student demonstrations of STEAM at work in the Innovation Corridor.
Keynote speaker, Jonathan Losos, a Ladue School District alumnus and Washington University biologist, spoke about his new position as the Director of the Living Earth Collaborative, a partnership between Washington University, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden. This new biodiversity center, nearly unique in partnering a leading university, zoo, and garden, has as its mission to advance knowledge of biodiversity and to ensure the future of earth’s species in their many forms.
The gala was emceed by Jasmine Huda, Ladue School District alumna and KTVI anchor and reporter, and entertainment was provided by Los Hacienda Boys. More than $70,000 was raised at the event and will support numerous grants and initiatives at all levels across the district. Specific items being funded by the event include state-of-the-art microscopes and a weather station for Ladue Horton Watkins High School, as well as mobile science lab carts for the elementary schools.
For over eleven years, the LEF has worked to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District and enhance its legacy by expanding opportunities for student success and bringing together a community united in its belief in public education.
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