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Dear fellow alumni,
What an incredible kick off we’ve had to the 2017/18 academic year!
The week before school opened, we participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sensory Wellbeing Hub in the Special Education department. Thank you to those of you who donated to this project and followed our progress. This “room within a room” was heavily researched by our professional partner, HKS Architects. It includes many features that are intended to encourage students with special needs to recalibrate, so that they are better prepared for learning in the classroom. Just as exciting is the innovative approach to tracking data on how the Hub is being used. From sensors in the carpet, to video screen technology, professionals should begin to understand better, what features are most effective for assisting students with sensory integration challenges, and share that knowledge with the greater disability community. What an innovation!
Not long after that, the LTAA began assisting seven classes with their milestone reunions in September and October. From 1957 to 2007, Laneites celebrated in a myriad of ways. All have had an opportunity to tour the school… some for the first time since graduating! Many have shared meals, baseball games, football games, boat cruises, sentimental toasts, slightly off-key renditions of Go Lane Go, and lots of memories! Thank you to the reunion committees from each of these years. We know how much work it is to find and wrangle classmates, but based on the feedback we’ve received… it was worth it.
The LTAA also produced the first-ever art exhibition this fall, featuring works from student and alumni artists from the classes of 1961 through 2022! The opening reception at Gallery 2501 was attended by several hundred students, faculty, alumni, family and friends. The show provided an opportunity for emerging artists to meet and display their work next to seasoned amateur and professional artists, who were happy to share stories and advice about all things creative. We hope “TRIBE” will become an annual show, celebrating the strength and talent of our intergenerational art community. We are also pleased to have gifted the art department with five sculpture pedestals for future shows in the Gallery. Please take a look at the photo gallery on this website to see the artwork and the excitement of the opening reception.
And to ensure that the teachers at Lane are able to offer as many interesting programs as soon as possible this fall, we launched our Teacher Innovation Grant Program earlier than ever… in the first full week of classes! Thank you to those of you who participated in our Golfing for Grants outing in August. Those funds will allow us to respond to a greater number of teacher requests, and deliver challenging activities to even more eager and deserving students!
Lastly, mark your calendars for November 19th and check out our events tab on the website. We have a special activity planned to honor our veterans and active military and we hope you will join us. In the meantime, we encourage you to enjoy autumn and all the back-to-school memories it affords.
Michelle (Milkovic) Weiner, ‘76