25 September, 2014
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Advancing the excellence of the Ladue School District
Registration is open for the LEF 'Due Run for Education on October 11. Join the fun and stay for Homecoming!
All-Star Teacher Hank Kauffman will speak at the LEF 8th Annual Community Event on October 9.
Join us for breakfast at the 8th Annual Community Event at the Hilton Frontenac on October 9. Register now to hear our wonderful speakers, get to know the work of the LEF, and support our children.
Pizza with a Purpose!
Eat at CPK in Creve Coeur from October 4 to 11, and 20% of your check will go to the LEF. Just bring the attached flyer. . . and enjoy!
Family Photo Fundraiser--All proceeds go to LEF!

Artistic Soup Photography 
is donating its fees as a fundraiser for LEF. The 
15 minute family portrait mini-sessions will be on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Conway Park.

Your $100 donation includes the mini-session with award-winning photographer Angela Lamb, plus all processed and edited high resolution files with print release delivered via Dropbox within 1 week after the session, and an online viewing and professional print ordering portal. 

For more information see the attached flyer. Just call 314-604-6797 or email to book your time.  Then make your donation to LEF here--write "Fall Photos" in the memo line.
A Special Thanks to
Ladue Education Foundation
TI-Navigator Donors

Gifts of $1,000

Bugsie & Ellis Fischer
Drs. Miguel & Mercedes Gelman
Suzanne Hough
Laurie K. Landgraf
Paul & Kathy Lang
McFamily Charitable Foundation
William & Patricia Murphy
James Probstein
Gifts of $500 to $999

Tracy & Greg Berg
Beth & Mike Hummels
Alan & Barbara Kahn
John & Diane Kalishman
Jamie Kwiatek
Richard & Julie LaBonté
Chris & Lisa Malone
Jodi Elizabeth Minkler
Andrew & Rhonda Oberman
Gaurav Suri & Anju Gupta
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Thompson
Gifts to $499

Samuel & Nnena Achilefu
Heather Allen & Barry Goldman
Dr. Robert H. Allen - Class of 1956
David & Pippa Barrett
Jonathan & Lisa Berns
Marc & Holly Bernstein
Dr. B. Kirke & Richelle Bieneman
Scott & Kelly Biest
Todd & Kristen Bitgood
Marilyn & Donald Blum
Kebra & Thomas Bocchini
Brad & Jody Carr
Heather & Troy Chaney
Clare Chapman
Rajiv Chhatwal
Eric & Kim Christner
Sanjiv & Sahiba Chhatwal
Donald & Elizabeth Cobin
Sherri Connors
Dr. Alice Conway
Committee to Elect Carolyn Jaeger
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
Cytron Group LLC
Lynn deLearie
Jim & Lisa Deutsch
Kay Faddis
Robert & Deborah Feit
Lisa Willis Fister
Zongming Gao
Sarah Gerding
Lisa Goebel
Daniel & Jessica Goldman
Lori Goldman
Rob & Debbie Granick
Russell Groener
Dr. Steven Grossman
Jennifer Hardester
Alan Haselhorst
Bill & Michelle Hawkins
Bill Heyde
Weiqing Ji
Robert & Stacy Jurgiel
Laura Kaplan
Susan Becker Kemppainen
Jeff & Harriet Kopolow
Emily Krebs
Mike & Jodi Kaplan
Brian Kearns
Mark & Claudia Krasnoff
Joelyn & Ed Levy
Thomas & Ashley Margulis
Stanley & Yamuna Mathew
Joanne McAndrews
Joseph McGauley
Rachel McMahon
Dr. Mark Miller & Dr. Seonyoung Kim
Kelly & David Minifie
Michael & Reagan Minkler
Steve & Jennifer Moehrle
Stuart Foster Montaldo
Todd & Melanie Muchnick
Christine Nardini
Richard L. Nix Jr
Anne Noble
Jennifer Page
Krishna H. Patil
Troy & Dana Pohlman
Mitzi Pummer
Joe & Lynda Rater
Dana & Barry Sandweiss
Glen & Julie Schuster
Shalini & Surendra Shenoy
Stephanie Shuchart
Laura and Michael Silver
Michael Simon
Suzy Smith
Michael Smock
Karen Smoller
The Snidman Family
Steven Charles Spratt
Phil Stanton
Scott & Joan Trapp
Jeffrey Mj Vetter
Jian Wang
Scott & Beth Wasserstrom
Nancy & Steve Weinreich
Li Wen
Steve & Kristen Wild
Tracy Wright
Dr. Xue Zhao Zhang


For eight years, the Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) has been funding crucial programs necessary for our students to stay competitive and become future business, economic and community leaders. 

This newsletter will keep you informed about our work and how it impacts our children, as well as update you about fun ways to get involved, like the Annual Community Event and the 'Due Run for Education


In this Issue:

All-Star Teacher Hank Kauffman to Speak

Hank Kauffman is the special guest speaker at the 8th Annual Community Breakfast to benefit the Ladue Education Foundation. Since 1961, Hank has taught almost 6,000 students, and as one of the best educators our country has to offer, he's a perfect choice to talk about how to make an impact on students' lives.  Hank has received numerous awards over his long career, including recognition of excellence for math education and the outstanding teaching award from the University of Chicago. In addition to being named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Hank is the recipient of the All-Star Teacher of the Year awarded by People Magazine, Target, and Major League Baseball. As one of Ladue Horton Watkins' most esteemed teachers, we are fortunate to have him as part of our community.
In a recent chat with Hank, he told us that back in 1960 he was working on a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Education at the University of Wisconsin. He wanted to find a job in Missouri, since his widowed mother lived here. There were three openings in the St. Louis area; he applied for all of them and was offered all three positions. He was most impressed with Ladue, and states he’s never been sorry. Including full and part time, he has taught in the district for 52 years.
Why does he think the Ladue School District is one of the finest in Missouri and the nation? He believes it’s because of the outstanding staff, administration, student population, and parents who really care about the education of their children. He has always advised his students to follow their dreams and passions, wherever these may lead.

Hank has certainly set a powerful example to all his students with his outstanding career. Yet he always focuses on gratitude; when he won All-Star Teacher of the Year, he pointed to the outpouring of love and support of hundreds of students throughout the years as one of the highlights and one of the greatest blessings of his life.

Join us at the LEF Breakfast on October 9 and hear Hank's story and thoughts about education.


Will Bushelle Honored at 'Due Run 4 Education

This year's 20th reunion for the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Class of 1994 shall prove to be bittersweet. The unexpected death of classmate Will Bushelle earlier this year has driven his friends to raise money - enough to sponsor the LEF 'Due Run 4 Education in October - and to make a generous donation to the LEF Endowment.  

Will Bushelle, by all accounts, was one of a kind.  From jumping in and extinguishing a fire in a jewelry-making class while a sophomore in high school to serving our country as a Navy SEAL, Will exemplified sacrifice.

Who was Will Bushelle? The first person to help out any person, in any way, at any time.  Non-judgmental, with a gift for listening.  Loyal to a fault.  Unyieldingly devoted to animals, both wild and domestic. A friend to all. Genuine. Unique. Original. Dedicated to friends, family, coworkers, and country. The person who saw the best in everyone he met. Motivational. Dynamic. Spirited. Eloquent.  

The LHWHS Class of 1994 is proud to honor him. The LEF truly appreciates donations from the following individuals in memory of Will Bushelle:
Paula and Bill Bushelle ~ Laura Matheny ~ David Rosenblum ~ Walker Deibel ~ Sandra Tempelhoff ~ Andy Tao ~ Daniel Fischer ~ Blake Kotiza ~ John Qualy ~ Mollie Barber ~ Mindy Lutch ~ Betsy Webb ~ Jeffrey Sachs ~ Becky Alon ~ Danielle Rich ~ Sarah Oberman ~ Elizabeth Oeltjen ~ Frank G. Ladd ~ Bree Phillips ~ Claire Dorwart ~ Daniel Stern ~ Virginia Pilz ~ Patrick Vogelaar ~ Carrie Nenonen ~ Christie Frazer ~ Richard Hoffman ~ Jordan Hirschfield ~ Bob Steinback ~ Debbie Merovitz ~ Jamie Klein ~ Kimberly L Smith ~ Jennifer Neil ~ Daniel Gross ~ Connie Raque ~ John Turk ~ Emily Lischer ~ Mat Sachs ~ Nancy Durbin ~ Joan Parato ~ Dan Ingenthron ~ Alexa Miller ~ Alice Turk ~ Amy Turk ~ Jamie Qualy Wynd ~ Marjorie Schamburg Dellas


EAT and RUN for Ladue Education!

Registration is now open! October brings two great ways to learn more about the Ladue Education Foundation and support the crucial programs necessary for our students to stay competitive and become future business, economic and community leaders.

After all, the LEF is a group of parents like you who, along with community leaders and others, support the wonderful work of the Ladue School District by funding key programs such as robotics, business plan competitions, math technology systems and library collections.

8th-Annual Community Breakfast
Thursday, October 9
from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
@ Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

Guest Speakers:

Hank Kauffman - esteemed and highly recognized Ladue educator
Dr. Donna Jahnke - superintendent, Ladue School District
Julie LaBonté - president, Ladue Education Foundation
Students will also present programs and projects funded by the LEF to show how your donations are working for our children and our community, plus updates on future efforts of the Ladue Education Foundation.


"Presenting" Valedictorian Sponsor

Kurt Jaeger 
Robert Millner 
Michael Karasick 

Register Online: 8th-Annual LEF Event
Tickets are $50 for individual seats and $500 for a table of 10.
Sponsorship opportunities are available - contact Diane Patershuk at

‘Due Run 4 Education

2nd-Annual 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, October 11, at 8:30 a.m.

Stay for the Homecoming Parade!
$10 for ages 2-12,
$15 for adults, free under age two.
Early-bird registration is available until October 3, when the price increases $5 per person.

Generously sponsored by

Register Online: 'Due Run

LEF Funds $31,000 in Teacher Grants

During the 2013-14 school year, the LEF funded the following initiatives:

  • 3D printer for Project Lead the Way at Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS).

  • Green Schools Initiative at Ladue Middle School (LMS).

  • My Summer Reading Life program to prevent the typical “summer slide” of reading skills, at Spoede Elementary and the Fifth Grade Center (FGC).

  • Thermal imager and professional button press for use during art class, intervention/enrichment block, and extracurricular clubs at the FGC.

  • GPS devices for geocaching at Conway Elementary, Old Bonhomme Elementary, and Reed Elementary (following Spoede’s successful pilot program with these devices).

  • Materials for Old Bonhomme’s Ladue Explorers mentoring program which matches underperforming elementary students with middle school students.

  • Storage facility for Old Bonhomme’s “Recess: Real World Learning."

  • Materials for LMS' Build-a-Lot course that will allow students to build solar-powered cars with gears.

  • In addition to funding all of these grants, the LEF has raised nearly $23,000 to fund the TI-Navigator System initiative submitted by Barb Dwyer to equip LHWHS and some 8th grade math classes with sophisticated graphing calculators and interactive systems.


The LEF’s mission is to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success through key programs that:

• Prepare students for a global environment
• Provide for world-class teaching and learning across multiple disciplines
• Advance excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

These are the fundamental building blocks for future success and leadership for our community and our country. Some of the programs and tools provided through funding from the LEF include:

• Robotics
• iPads
• Business Plan Competitions
• Hands-on Science Equipment
• Library Collections
• Math Skills Advancement Tools
• Chinese Language Instruction

There are all kinds of ways to contribute, from helping out occasionally to donating! Contact Executive Director Kristen Wild for more information at
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