It Takes a Village

To build a new school and renovate an old one takes hundreds of planning hours, thousands of nails, and tons of concrete. But more importantly, it takes many committed people whose generosity, tenacity, and enthusiasm ultimately get the job done. We would like to thank each and every one of you who have donated so generously — both financially and in volunteer time. Below are the stories from a few of our donors.

Frank Sands and his late wife, Marjorie Sands  

Frank Sands and his late wife, Marjorie Sands

 

"This is a story that demonstrates how my late wife Marjorie, and I feel about philanthropy.

Marjorie and I have always been interested in Western Art. Last summer we went to Reno, Nevada to attend an auction – widely regarded as the largest and best auction – of Western Art in the country.  After spending the day reviewing the collection, we focused on a particular painting.    As we discussed whether to bid on it, Marjorie said, “I get so much more pleasure from the gifts we give to the institutions we love than I do from another painting on the wall.”

Over the years, Marjorie and I have supported over two dozen educational institutions that we and our children and grandchildren have attended.  But none has rated higher in our priorities than Lab.  You (Lab) are truly in the business of transforming lives!"  - Frank Sands


Jane and Tom Winans, Alumni Parents

“Why do we continue to give to The Lab School? Because it meant so much to our child,” says Tom. “Lab is a wonderful school. It does great things for kids and their families. It also has innovative programs that it has shared with other schools in different parts of the country. It’s a leader.”

He added, “We think it’s important to continue to give to Lab,” says Tom. “The new High School will be a crucial addition to the whole school community and it will help children like our son blossom. We appreciate The Lab School.” - Tom and Jane Winans


Vicki Burns, Current Parent

Vicki Burns, Current Parent

Vicki Burns breaks into a cold sweat at the thought of asking people for money. But because she is so grateful for the eight transformative years her son, Scott, a junior, has already had at Lab, she agreed not only to donate generously to the Capital Campaign, but also to ask other parents to do the same.

“Although Scott will not benefit from the new High School, it’s very important to me to help Lab continue to be one of the best schools in the country for kids with learning differences, and the new building will help teachers expand and enhance their curriculum,” she says. “It’s hard to be a kid with a learning difference. It’s hard socially, academically … and it’s hard for the whole family. So, if kids can have a positive experience, especially in High School, and they develop their self-awareness and self-esteem, then that is a wonderful gift to be able to give.”   - Vicki Burns


We wanted to give a gift for a science lab in our son Jack’s name not only because he loves science but because The Lab School has been instrumental in helping him thrive beyond our greatest hopes. As a Lab School alum and as a parent, I see the transformation in the school itself, and in my child. So, for my husband and me, giving to the Capital Campaign was easy...and an honor.
— Sally Ewing Sagarese, Lab School alumna and parent

Lori Soto, Current Parent and Trustee

Lori Soto, Current Parent and Trustee

“Lab is our school community. Our kids and teachers need better spaces that give the students more pride and ownership in their school, no matter what grade or division,” she says. “Think of the new theater that will have a real stage, better lighting and sound, and enough seating for the throngs of families who want to see these amazing shows! And the classrooms — both in the new High School and in the to-be-renovated Middle School — will give the teachers and students less cramped, more innovative spaces to improve and expand all that they already do so well.”   - Lori Soto