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Laura Altshul Joy of Learning Fund

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Dear friends,

Laura once said that the true heart of education is “fostering a lifelong love of learning, inquiry and questioning, logical thinking and imagination.” 

We embrace her words and spirit in our work every day, and so it is with affection that we announce the Laura Altshul Joy of Learning Fund. Over the past weeks, many of Laura’s friends, family, neighbors, students, colleagues and allies have chosen to honor her legacy by supporting Horizons at Foote. These gifts, and those given in her honor before, establish this multi-year restricted fund.

Laura saw potential in every child, and joy in every classroom. She was strong, and fought for what she believed in. The Laura Altshul Joy of Learning Fund celebrates her legacy by providing our Horizons students with equitable learning opportunities, while ensuring the Horizons community Laura so lovingly nurtured continues to grow and thrive.

Our students will raise caterpillars to butterflies, cultivating stewardship of nature’s small wonders. They will explore New Haven, hiking up East Rock and through Edgerton Park. They will write poems and stories to publish in our student magazine. They will read and read and read - some even building their home libraries with books from Laura’s own collections. They will paddle, then swim, then confidently dive - into the pool, and into learning about themselves and the world we share. 

We are grateful for your kind words, your time and gifts, and to everyone who joins us on the path to educational equity that Laura forged years ago. Thank you for believing in us.

With deep gratitude,

Francie Irvine
Board Chair
Horizons at Foote

To view a list of donors to the Laura Altshul Joy of Learning Fund, follow this link.