Date: May 10, 2019
Lee Pesky Learning Center hosted over 130 guests at its 22nd annual Pathways to Learning Event, on May 8, 2019 at the Boise State University Alumni & Friends Center. This annual anniversary event focuses on bringing together partners in the community to learn about the work of LPLC and how it is reflected nationally. Guests participate in the event by raising their paddles to create pathways to learning for everyone. Through this year’s supporters, the event netted over $75,000 in support of LPLC’s one-on-one services, teacher training & mentoring, and research initiatives.
This year’s key note speaker was Dr. Stephanie Jones, the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Education at Harvard University and director of the EASEL Lab. Dr. Jones’ research work focuses on interventions to promote social-emotional development. Her talk highlighted the importance of programs like Lee Pesky Learning Center’s self-regulated learner framework, which helps students become connected, self-aware, self-determined, strategic and resilient.
The event also featured guest speaker Teresa Beahen Lipman of the Wood River Valley. Teresa is the parent of a student working with LPLC and gave a moving testimonial on the impact LPLC has had on her child and her family. Her concluding words spoke volumes:
“I would never have imagined when I met Alan and Wendy Pesky that the organization that they founded to honor their son, Lee, would impact my family’s life so significantly. As fate would have it,Lee’s life saved my son’s. To the Peskys, the board and staff of LPLC and all its supporters, my husband Dave and I thank you. My son, Winston, thanks you.”
We are thankful to our guests for sharing an inspiring and informative evening with us. Together, we are creating pathways to learning for everyone.