NORTHAMPTON — Lander-Grinspoon Academy has announced the creation of an education fund in memory of the late Dr. Suzy Silverstein (z”l), a beloved obstetrician and alumni parent of the school, who passed away in 2014. The new fund will support teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) at the K-6 Jewish day school.
STEAM initiatives embody the idea of amplifying the strengths of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by combining them with the creativity and aesthetics drawn from the arts. The fund will enable LGA to provide expertise, equipment, and professional development across a wide range of academic subjects.
“A STEAM-infused curriculum is an exciting entry point into more integrated teaching and learning throughout the school,” said Principal Deborah Bromberg Seltzer. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to develop a robust STEAM program at LGA, while honoring a much-admired alumni parent and her family.”
Lander-Grinspoon Academy’s goal is to raise $250,000 over five years so the school can invest in essential technology and equipment, purchase and integrate STEAM curriculum across the grades, and provide ongoing support and professional development to faculty.
“Seeding STEAM education at Lander-Grinspoon Academy is the perfect tribute to Sue,” said James Osofsky, Silverstein’s husband and one of the school’s founders. “My family is proud to participate in this effort to inspire a new generation of students.” Silverstein and Osofsky’s daughters both graduated from LGA (Rachel in 2003, Hannah in 2008).
Lander-Grinspoon Academy will officially dedicate the fund and recognize Dr. Silverstein’s family at the school’s 18th Anniversary Gala, on Sunday, May 3, at The Look Park Garden House in Florence. Donations to the Fund may be made payable to Lander-Grinspoon Academy and sent directly to the school at 257 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060. Secure donations can be made online at www.landergrinspoon.org.
To learn more about the fund, contact the Development Office at (413) 584-6622.