Lake Washington Girls Middle School Annual Report 2016/2017
 Lake Washington Girls Middle School 2016/2017 Annual Report.
 
 I am an L-Dub student,
 Strong in mind, body, and voice.
 Lake Washington Girls Middle School 2016/2017 Annual Report: This is the work we do.
 Patricia Hearn, Head of Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle, WA

You might be surprised by this, but I think it’s important for you to know. The young women at LWGMS – and who graduate from LWGMS – are not special. I know, it seems like they are exceptional – and they are in fact poised, intelligent, reflective, curious, and confident. However, they are in so many ways just like their classmates. They are like the L-Dub girls who came before them and the ones walking the halls this school year. From age 11 to age 30, our students and alum are overwhelmingly impressive.

Any one of the more than 300 L-Dub graduates will tell you about how they once were ten year olds with potential, who found themselves in a learning community that pushed and nurtured, cared and catalyzed, so that they could grow into people who are compassionate, confident, and ready to work for the greater good.

Their middle school years – important because they could have been the years that squashed their tenuous adolescent selves – helped them to find their own individual strong voices and to connect with a sisterhood of other women who believe in the power of working together.

Part of the reason that L-Dub graduates are doing important work – in the peace corps, in STEM fields, in politics, in the arts, in education – is their sense of agency and of justice. During their middle school years, which we know are incredibly important for identity development and values formation, they grew up. They grew into themselves. They became people who saw themselves as ones who could and should challenge the status quo. And I will stand here and tell you that this is no happy accident. This is the work we do.

 
 

And why does this matter? Why is it important for LWGMS to be graduating young women who are strong in mind, body, and voice?

Because there are people in our communities who need their voices. Who are afraid for their lives. For their ability to stay in this country. For their access to health care or a home. Because – let’s just put it out there – racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, fear, and hatred are alive and well in the United States.

And we know there is a way to make this better. What we know from study after study is that women’s participation is socially transformative. The inclusion of women in public service has a clear and profound impact on every area: policy, social issues, the economy, national security, the environment, and international relations. Essentially, everything.

In addition, there is an entire body of research indicating that a more gender diverse team leads to greater innovation and greater problem solving. There is vast evidence that diversity – diversity of all kinds – produces superior thinking.  And without diverse leadership – as in: without women and people of color in visible leadership positions – innovation simply suffers. In organizations without diverse leadership, women are 20% less likely than straight white cis men to win endorsement for their ideas; people of color are 24% less likely; and LGBTQ people are 21% less likely. In a company, this costs crucial market opportunities. In a government, it costs equity and social justice.

 It doesn't have to be this way

I know from first-hand experience that it is possible to envision a world where the voices of girls and women are not just present, not just included, but valued. Where girls and women see themselves as people who belong – who can lead, who can make change. Where the representation of girls and women allows them to see what they can be and where they learn to go around, over or, through barriers in their path. So that we can accelerate the path to parity.

 Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30-40% ( UNAC, 2012 ) Eliminating barriers to employment for girls and women could raise labor productivity by 25% in some countries (I MF, 2012 ) Closing the gender gap in agriculture could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger ( FAO, 2011 ) Growing evidence shows that corporations led by women are more focused on sustainability ( UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, 2012 ) When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3% ( USAID, 2011 )

Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30-40% (UNAC, 2012)
Eliminating barriers to employment for girls and women could raise labor productivity by 25% in some countries (IMF, 2012)
Closing the gender gap in agriculture could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger (FAO, 2011)
Growing evidence shows that corporations led by women are more focused on sustainability (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, 2012)
When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3% (USAID, 2011)

I know that L-Dub girls, the young women we work with every day – who go on to high schools and universities and workplaces – bring with them the action and activism they embraced here. They bring the Feminist Convention to Franklin High School and feminist issues to the White House. I am proud of the individual successes of our graduates, but I am far more moved by the collective spirit they bring with them to the communities they inhabit. They bring compassion, courage, creativity, and kindness.

Our alum are not exceptional, actually. They are are a lot like the 109 students who are at school today, who are taking risks, standing up, speaking out.

As you walk down the halls of LWGMS, you will see all kinds of girls.

You will see a mix of introverts and extroverts, athletes and bookworms, robotics programmers and glee club singers – and they all know that each of them can be any or all of those. They come from a wide range of neighborhoods, schools, cultures, family configurations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Indeed, LWGMS is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle, and we have been so since we opened our doors in 1998. Our diversity and commitment to social justice mean that every opportunity here is for every girl.

100% of our students go on outdoor trips. 100% study martial arts, 100% sing, dance, and act in a play, 100% defend their academic research to an expert judge, and 100% speak in front of crowds of hundreds. That’s every L-Dub girl, every year.

 For this we thank you, our donors.
 

This is why we need to stay committed to supporting LWGMS – to providing those opportunities. So that girls can see themselves as anything they want to be, so that they can break those barriers that may lie ahead.

Thank you for supporting not just our students, but the innovation and compassion they bring with them when they leave here.

Thank you for believing that the world can be better, and that girls and women – and the systemic change they can put in place – will make it so.

 Patricia Hearn, Head of School

Patricia Hearn
Head of School

 
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 2016/2010 Financials
 
 Operating Revenues
 1617 Operating Revenues  Tuition & Fees: $1,934,524 Fundraising: $321,997 Investment & Other: $4,267  Total Revenues: $2,260,788

1617 Operating Revenues

Tuition & Fees: $1,934,524
Fundraising: $321,997
Investment & Other: $4,267
Total Revenues: $2,260,788

    Operating Expenses 2016/2017
 1617 Operating Expenses  Program: $1,472,228 Administration: $371,291 Fundraising/Events: $48,327  Total: $  1,891,846

1617 Operating Expenses

Program: $1,472,228
Administration: $371,291
Fundraising/Events: $48,327
Total: $1,891,846

 
 

Research on the gap between men and women in STEM fields points to the scarcity of readily available role models for girls as they consider STEM careers. The lack of female role models reinforces some negative stereotypes held by girls and young women about STEM fields, and as girls begin to consider high school classes, college majors, and career paths, STEM fields are not reinforced by respected role models for them. It’s been noted that the “male geek” stereotype about computer scientists actively dissuades women from considering the field.

At LWGMS, we aim to expose our students to a wide variety of women role-models and mentors in STEM fields...to ensure that every girl has the potential to find a role-model or mentor with whom she connects.

STEAM Cafés

LWGMS’s STEAM Department hosts times for students to meet with female STEM leaders during their lunch period once a month to learn about their research and/or work! STEAM Cafés are opportunities to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce them to STEM role models.

In 2016/2017 – the first year of the STEAM Café – our students learned from role models such as Riley Andert, Parul Christian, Amie Patao, Cynthia Putnam, Cheryl Greengrove, I-Wei Feng, and Dana Manalang to name a few – that many of them are trying hard to encourage others into their fields, taking on leadership positions, and trying hard to inspire fellow and future scientists. For our students to have faces, names, and biographies to aspire to was truly inspiring.We are currently accepting nominations and registrations for LWGMS STEAM Café presenters!

Women Fly Conference

Today our seventh grade students are attending the Women Fly Conference at the Museum of Flight (@museumofflight)! This annual event is for kids interested in aviation, aerospace, and STEM futures, and they spend the day participating in motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of STEM careers! Here are some of our girls coding with Alaska Airlines programmers!

Machine To Be Another

Today the seventh and eighth grades were fortunate enough to try out an insanely incredible machine designed to create empathy through visceral, perceptual feedback from a virtual-reality system designed by BeAnotherLab (@beanotherlab), a team of nine artists and technologists who live all around the world. Their workshops and exhibitions have been featured at museums, film festivals, and educational institutions in Barcelona, NYC, Berlin, and Taipei, to name a few, and today we are lucky to have them at LWGMS! Huge thanks to filmmaker Sandy Cioffi (@sandycioffi) friend of the school, for making this connection! The machine provides the illusion that you have swapped bodies with another person, through the swapping of perceptual information such as sight and sound, live-recorded and live-projected in body-worn monitors, headphones, and VR headsets. What?! It was amazing...

 
 Our Donors: Donations of all sizes. Huge hearts.
 
 2016-17 Fuerza Fund
 

The Fuerza Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into a collective pool of support for every aspect of an LWGMS education. Every dollar is used to ensure that LWGMS is financially accessible to a qualified and diverse student body, recruits and retains an exceptional faculty, supports broad curricular and co-curricular programs, and provides and maintains the facilities possible to support academics, the arts, and athletics.

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+ Fuerza Fund Donors

Alison Alhadeff and Connor Pollom
Diane Anderson
Christopher Bailey and Amie Patao P'19
Anteneh Belay and Leah Ephrem P'19
Tor Bell P'19
Peter Beveridge and Alicia Kramer P'13
Karin Black
Samuel Blackwell and Sereatha Brooks Blackwell P'17
Kenneth Blaisdell
Ken and Cheri Bowles P'15, '17
Stephanie Bravmann, PhD
Robert and Jennifer Bucher P'12
Ross and Susanna Bunker P'15, '18, '20
Kenneth Burton and Michelle Terry P'18
Daniel Caracciolo and Donna Mackenzie P'01
Jaime Cardenas and Michelle Habell-Pallan P'19
David Carrell and Garnet Anderson P'10
Jonathan Castrodale and Katherine Ropp P'18
Todd Connor and Jane Dauber P'17
Tony DeEulio and Jean Joichi P'18
Holly Detels P'18
Wes Ducey and Christine Primomo
Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice P'10
Ted and Allison Dworkin P'14, '17
Joe and Marsann Easterday P'18, '20
Julie Edsforth and Jabe Blumenthal
Amy Eggler and Erika Shaffer P'15, '17
Noreen Elbert and Liz Little P'18
Rob and Julita Eleveld
Erik and Lannhi Fischl P'19
Edwin and Rebecca O'Boyle Fotheringham P'12
Ralph Fragale and Annie Barrett P'16
Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick P'09, '14
Doug Greene and Barbara Manning P'17
Tim and Katy Hall P'15, '18
Mark Hatcher and Nolana Newton P'17
Alan Haynie and Elizabeth Gay P'19
Patricia Hearn
Todd and Katie Heckel P'18
Oleine Hedeen
Aaron and Christina Hendelman P'19
Tim and Alexandra Hinderliter P'19
Carrie Hite and Deborah McLaughlin P'17
David Hornbeck
Marc Houser and Tihut Teshome P'17
John Hughes and Marni Levy P'07
Patrice Jackson P'17
James and Jill Jago P'17
Leroy and Julie Jenkins P'09
Krysia Johnson
Valerie Kampe
William and Pamela LaBorde P'19
Julie LaLuna P'20
Anne Landfield and Melinda Johnson P'18
Peter Lape and Charlotte Spang P'19
Jong Lee and Hezie Rhee P'18
Jason and Keahi Leong P'19
Adam LeVasseur and Lee Wierdsma P'16
David and Soyeon Lippman P'19
Dave and Jen Marshak
Charles and Mary Anne Martin P'19
Rachel Matthews P'17
Alison McCaffree
Amy McCue P'19
Martin and Lissa Mehalchin P'17
Shont and Katrina Miller P'19
Geoff Miller and Shirley Bekins P'17, '20
Melinda Morrison
Peter Mostow and Leigh Hardiman P'18
Paul and Carol Neiman
Ben Noble P'14
Rita O'Boyle
Eric Olson and Anne Gienapp P'14, '17
Tucker Orr and Tiffany Bridges P'19
Josh Parks and Julie Fay P'09
Sean Patterson and Christina Gutierrez P'18
Matt Pfister and Casey Luce P'17
Dave Pon and Kelley Hazel P'18
Ed Pottharst and Elizabeth Ralston P'17
Marc and Ann Pottier P'18, '20
Eric and Kelly Prime P'16
Thomas Roesler and Carole Jenny
Marc Rothmeyer and Heidi Gans-Rothmeyer P'17, '19
John and Nancy Rudolf
John and Juli Russell P'17
Christian and May Salva P'18
Jeff Samella and Deirdre Murano P'18
Owen Santos and Hannah Morgan P'17, '19
Petra Schindler-Carter
Tim Schmuckal and Kate Ross P'18
Brad Sevenko and Joy Southworth P'19
Dan and Susan Shames P'05, '10
Joe and Becky Sherman P'17
Stan Shikuma and Tracy Lai P'04
Charles Shull and Becky Bates-Shull P'18
Max Silverman and Sue Wilkes P'19
Rob Sim and Nisha Nathani P'16
Brian Smale and Shelley Thomas P'18
Christopher Smith and Karin Hirschfeld P'14
Rachel Stamm P'17 and Tess Schorr
Nathan and Trina Torgelson P'19
David True and Sarah Hufbauer P'10
David and Reba Utevsky P'05
Zach and Terra Vall-Spinosa P'20
Alex Vollmer and Meredith Li-Vollmer P'17
Vincent Vonada and Joani Benoit P'18
Brad Wakeman and Nancy Carroll P'17
Meagan Walker and Brenda Cram P'12
Dan Walter and Megan McCabe P'19
Shiba Ward and Jane Davis-Ward P'19
Colleen West
Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan P'10
Josh Woods and Ann Boyd P'16, '17
Holly Woodson P'20
Merrily Wyman
Jun Young P'17, '20
Gary Zarker and Janet Primomo
Erik and Laura Zaugg
Michael Zuberbier and Martha Jacobs P'19


 2016-17 Raise the Paddle for Financial Aid
 

The Cary Wyatt McRae Memorial Fund was established when we lost our beloved friend and “school mom,” Cary McRae. The money raised for this scholarship enhances our financial aid budget to enable all girls admitted to attend LWGMS regardless of their family’s financial situation. This was a core value for Cary, and we are grateful to continue her legacy. Thank you to the following people who donated to the Scholarship Fund, through the Annual Fund and/or at the Annual Gala. You enabled us to support our community members receiving need-based financial aid.
 

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+ Raise the Paddle for Financial Aid Donors

Andrea Alhadeff
Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff
Brett Baba
Kent Barber and Louise Almgren P'15, '18
Russell and Melissa Benaroya P'19
Elissa Benson
Miranda and Margaret Bradford P'18
Amy Bresslour
Amelia Burke P'17
Mary Bussiere-Watts
Jacob Butler
Raymond and Heather Caldwell P'15, '18
Steven Candido
Derick Clack and Tracey Thunissen
Nancy Clarke
Leanne Corcoran and Rachel Ligtenberg P'18
Jackie Costigan
Leann Crist
Michael and Joyce Cruz P'16
Marcus and Reiko Dabney P'18
Carlos De Vincenzo and Khristina Kravas
Dan Delong and Vanessa Ho P'19
Spencer and Valerie Dillard P'17, '20
Olympia and Jeremy Edwards
Brandon Eng and Molly Klema
Devra Featheringill
Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli P'12, '18, '20
David Gill and Karri Meleo P'09, '15
Alicia Goodwin
Anjali Grant
Holli Harris
Paul and Nancy Hawkes P'15
Erik and Wendy Heipt P'17
Alex Higgins and Eva McGough P'16
David P'17, '19
Megan Howell P'17, '19
Karmen Johnson
Gary Justiss
Hannah Keyes
Kas Kinkead
Jim Kramer and Carol Macilroy P'19
Ben and Heidi Lantz P'16, '18
Brad Lenz and Kristie Gamer
Bryan Lhuillier and Shannon Blaisdell
Diankha Linear
Dave Lipe and Victoria Haven
Anbrit Long and Jonathan Cook
Allan Marrero
David Matthews and Ashley Harper P'16
Robert and Julie McCann P'14
T.A. and Teresa McCann P'13
Morva McDonald
Anna McGough
Mary McGough
Chris Meder and Liz Riggs Meder
Lizzy Moxey P'17, '19
Tim Moxey P'17, '19
Terrence and Judy Mullane P'18
David Neiman and Keiko Kawasaki P'14
Joseph Park and Deborah Gassner P'17, '19
Jennifer Patterson
Bill and Teresa Predmore P'19
Eric and Kelly Prime P'16
Sumathi Raghavan P'16
Andrew and April Rauch P'15
Rosselle Pekelis and Frank Retman
Meredith Ruff
RaeAnne Rushing
Angela Russell P'20
Heidi Rutledge
Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg
Ethan Schoonover and Bee Lim
Mark Smedley and Victoria Stuth P'07
Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P'14, '18
Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes P'07
Julie Sponsler
Jeff Sprung and Vicky Beer P'15
Jason Starkie and Heather Kravas
Lou Stubecki and Nadine Samter P'16
Bassam Tabbara
Brad and Danielle Tilden
Jacquie Tilden Calderon and Daniel Calderon
Lauren Tilden and Kate Ciurej
Raymond Timm P'20
Martin Unger and Margaret Duffy P'17
Eric and Stacy Uyeji P'17, '19
John and Cara Vallier P'19
Michael Welch and Mia Tuan P'17
Daniel and Minori Whitney P'19
Ben and Kimberli Wilson P'11, '14
Donald and Simone Winston P'18
Jennifer Winter and Renee Lamphere
Matt Wright and Sasha Johnson P'16, '18
Chris Wyman P'20
Christine Primomo and Wes Ducey
Drew and Jenny Zavatsky
Ken Zuber


 2016-17 GiveBig
 

LWGMS was honored to participate in the seventh annual GiveBig! event, sponsored by the Seattle Foundation. 1,700 nonprofits participated in the event and donors raised $19 million for local nonprofits, representing eight categories of the Seattle Foundation Healthy Community Framework – arts and culture, basic needs, economic opportunity, education, environment, health & wellness, vibrant communities, and global giving. Lake Washington Girls Middle School was the grateful recipient of 25 gifts totaling $2,700, with a stretch grant from the Seattle Foundation of $500. Thank you for giving on this exciting day. We are so appreciative!

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+ GiveBig 2017 Donors

Anteneh Belay and Leah Ephrem P'19
Peter Beveridge and Alicia Kramer P'13
Kenneth Blaisdell
Stephanie Bravmann, PhD
Holly Detels P'18
Wes Ducey and Christine Primomo
Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice P'10
Julie Edsforth and Jabe Blumenthal
Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick P'09, '14
Mark Hatcher and Nolana Newton P'17
Carrie Hite and Deborah McLaughlin P'17
John Hughes and Marni Levy P'07
Alison McCaffree
Paul and Carol Neiman
Rita O'Boyle
Josh Parks and Julie Fay P'09
John and Juli Russell P'17
Petra Schindler-Carter
Dan and Susan Shames P'05, '10
David True and Sarah Hufbauer P'10
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Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan P'10
Holly Woodson P'20
Gary Zarker and Janet Primomo
Erik and Laura Zaugg


 2016-17 #GivingTuesday
 

#GivingTuesday is a global celebration of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration – a new tradition of generosity. On November 28, 2017, 14 L-Dub supporters used this day to make their Fuerza Fund donations, totaling $3,743. As always, we are humbled by the love and support of our community. Thank you.

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+ GivingTuesday Donors

Samuel Blackwell and Sereatha Brooks Blackwell P'17
Kenneth Blaisdell
Todd Connor and Jane Dauber P'17
Patricia Hearn
Krysia Johnson
Adam LeVasseur and Lee Wierdsma P'16
Amy McCue P'19
Eric and Kelly Prime P'16
Zach and Terra Vall-Spinosa P'20
Alex Vollmer and Meredith Li-Vollmer P'17
Colleen West
Josh Woods and Ann Boyd P'16, '17
Merrily Wyman

 2017 GivingTuesday Statistics

 2016-17 Corporate and Foundation Gifts
 

We are pleased to have received donations from the following corporations and foundations 2016-17. Thank you to our donors who initiated these donations.

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+ Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Adobe Systems Incorporated
Alaska Airlines
Amazon Smile
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Boeing
Frog Prints e!
Gienapp Family Foundation
Google Inc.
Graham Baba Architects
J.A.S. Design-Build, Inc.
Microsoft
Schoola
Tableau Foundation
Wyman Youth Trust

 2016-17 Corporate and Foundation Gifts  

 2016-17 In Kind Donations
 

We are grateful for the many gifts – of time, effort, and enthusiasm – our supporters bring us on a daily basis, and to the following people for donations of in-kind necessities...and things to break apart in STEAM class.

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+ In Kind Donors

ADH Tech Services
Brian Smale Photography
Edwin Fotheringham Illustration
Eltana Wood Fired Bagels
Dharma Maps
Dreaming Tree Wines
Fremont Brewing
Fortunate Orchard
Ken and Cheri Bowles P'15, '17
Kenneth Burton and Michelle Terry P'18
Lenz | Skerritt Media
Mighty-O Donuts


Walkout

Many LWGMS students and faculty joined their Seattle public and independent school peers in solidarity today and walked out of school in protest of hate speech. We support our students and their decision to protest civilly and peacefully. Patti Hearn, head of LWGMS communicated with our families that LWGMS is steadfast in their support for all students. “At a time when many are confused about how best to move forward in a nation divided over this election, we have an opportunity to provide hope and support for our students. Regardless of our political opinions, this generation of students will soon have the responsibility to lead in their communities and to advance society. As a school and a community, we have a role in shaping them as creative and critical thinkers capable of ethical judgment and action.” Our students chanted, “The people united, will never be divided,” “Love trumps hate,” and “You see a girl. I see the future.” #SeattleWalkout #solidarity#Election2016


Black History Month

L-Dub students Savannah ’17 and Soleil ’17 have launched a #BlackHistoryMonth project to introduce important, influential, and inspirational women of African-American history to our community. Some women already adorn our red lockers, but many will be curated by the pair themselves.

Black History goes far beyond the 28 days of a calendar, and could never be covered in one month. From its troubled beginnings of oppression and trying periods of segregation that birthed the movements that inspired change, leading all the way up to those who ignited new waves of magic and empowerment, there is definitely a lot to cover. Soleil and Savannah are bringing recognition to both the ups and down of the black experience, acknowledging triumphs and pioneering causes, and many stories that didn’t make it into textbooks. The influential leaders, agitators, and unsung heroes they are highlighting have made their mark in history, and at L-Dub, we celebrate them.

My intention for our black history month projects is to honor and celebrate the ones before us who have made a way for black people in America. I also want to give light to the ones who are not as publicized and known. There are many many people who have helped create change and began movements, organizations, and brought hope to get us to where we are today. Without our heroes in history we would not be this far in our journey to peace, freedom, hope, and equality. I want to make sure that we take the time out this month to recognize and honor our black heroes. The month of February should not be where we stop, we have to make sure we carry this with us all year and appreciate our history forever. – Savannah ’17

My intention for black history month is to really understand and know why we are where we are today. Without these fantastic activists, that we have decided to highlight this month, black people would still be in slavery, there would still be bathrooms determined for white and blacks, people would still be sitting in the back of the bus, and equality would be forgotten. I want us to know where we started but I also want our community to know that we have to pick up where these heroes left us and to be just as brave as our black heroes. Because we are far from done. Without these activists, I wouldn’t be able to be in a school like L-Dub. I wouldn’t be able to be in such a diverse, respectful community where we can celebrate each other’s differences. I wouldn’t even be taking on such an amazing project like I am now. So, together we will celebrate this amazing month and celebrate these amazing heroes.

— Soleil '17

 LWGMS Social Justice Film Festival

The Fourth Annual LWGMS Film Festival highlights social justice films made by the Class of 2017. As part of the Walls to Bridges program, each eighth grader worked with her classmates to agree on a topic, generate a thesis, create a storyboard, integrate interviews, videos, and still photos, and edit a five-minute film that inspires its audience to act, to think, and to discuss important issues facing our country and the world. The students’ film topics include explorations of stereotypes, gender roles, feminism, Islamophobia, racism, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and gun control. Through the Walls to Bridges workshops and classes on privilege, allyship, and activism, the eighth grade have explored some tough topics, and the films reflect their willingness and courage to identify problems and seek solutions. Using film as a medium for social change, students have worked hard to create passionate and creative films that inspire us all to see things differently, to challenge old ideas, and to take action.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alhadeff family, films were shown on the big screen at Broadway Performance Hall.

At the end of the screening, guests jumped on smartphones and voted for their favorite films. The results were tallied and real time and Ms. Hearn announced the winners...

 

The Dark Side of Disney
By Amy and Anabelle

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Living in a Hateful World
By Madison, Georgia, and Hazel

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More Than a Diagnosis
By Celia C. and Olive

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I Am More Than a Body
By Megan, Charlotte, and Nadia

Congratulations to ALL of our filmmakers. We learned so much from – and about! – you!

You can watch all of the films here...

Thank you for dashing for dessert, tossing for wine, taking a chance in a raffle, and raising your paddle high for the Fund-a-Need! Inspired by larger than life photos, an original slam poem, words of hope and wisdom from an alum and our Head of School, our community raised an unprecedented $195,000 for tuition assistance!

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 Director of Institutional Advancement, Becky O'Boyle

Director of Institutional Advancement, Becky O'Boyle

Every fall I wonder what the year will have in store for us. What challenges, opportunities, and victories lie ahead? Every year proves to exceed expectation. From the Luncheon to the Gala, from an eighth grade film on Islamophobia to a direct action campaign in support of equal access for transgender bathroom rights, and from Lily’s speech celebrating her strength, her curiosity, and courage by way of a red satin dress – we are proud, we are inspired, and we are ready to embrace what is yet to come. On behalf of everyone at L-Dub we thank you for sharing your time, your talents, your resources, and your love.

 Becky O'Boyle, Director of Advancement
 
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 We rely on your support. Donate today at http://www.lwgms.org/donate/.

The LWGMS Annual Fund is powered by current L-Dub families, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, our alumnae community, and our loyal friends. These partnerships – and the resources they share – help us to offer a program that cultivates confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a call to social action. Our students graduate prepared for high school, ready to lead, motivated to make change, and above all things, to stand up for what's right. It is a powerful and rewarding time to be a supporter of L-Dub. Your gifts help our students become LIFE READY.