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In May a reporter from Quartz at Work, a global business news organization owned by The Atlanticvisited Laurel's Butler Campus to observe students in Grades Three through Seven who are part of the school's Adventure Girls program as they participated in their long awaited overnight, representing the culmination of a year of adventures together. The article states that "While this may sound like a run-of-the-mill after-school program or summer camp, there’s an element that sets it apart: Adventure Girls is borne out of research on how girls can build resilience. The program aims to create stress-inducing situations and equip young girls with the tools to get through them. Girls get started young so that they’ll be prepared to handle the pressures of high school, college, and life beyond."

Adventure Girl leaders Shannon Lukz and Chuck Allen are both highlighted in the story, as is Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, who highlights the research initiative Laurel has embarked on in the last eight years to examine the relationship girls have with stress and how to build resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity. 

The article states that "The research findings that Damour uncovered have been crucial for the framework that underpins Adventure Girls and the broader culture at Laurel School. This framework outlines five elements of resilience: creativity, purpose, growth-mindset, relationships, and self-care. Adventure Girls learn these tools in a variety of ways, often through more subtle cues, including the way the adults structure activities and discussions before and after."

The Adventure Girls program is year-round, and meets 12 times each semester. Girls take two to three field trips that involve adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing, or snowshoeing. The program works hard to get parents and teachers on the same page to work toward the same goal—fostering language and behaviors that teach these girls how to handle adversity.

Click here to read the full story. recently interviewed Trey Wilson, Laurel School's Director of Strategic Partnerships and Megan Pidcock '21 to learn more about the class 25 students took this past semester led by Denny Young and Steve Lindecke of the Elevation Group--Laurel partners with Elevation Group to produce LaureLive.

The article states that "Large-scale rock concerts have become a summer staple over the past few decades, but few, if any, are largely organized by high school students. That's the case, however, with LaureLive, a two-day concert event that was expected to draw 20,000 people to Laurel School's Butler Campus in Russell Township.

In the piece, Wilson states that "The students learn about things like talent acquisition, contract negotiations and emergency thinking and planning. Like, if there are 10,000 people, how many porta-potties do you need to have?" 

Megan said she was aware of the Laurel class that prepares for LaureLive before she applied to attend the school. It was something in which she was eager to take part. "I love music, and I never dreamed of going to a school with this kind of opportunity. The students involved in LaureLive's production can, on show days, work in the VIP lounge, work with youngsters at an educational activities area, or help to make sure the artists are comfortable during their stay, among other tasks."

Click here to read the full article.

In advance of the third annual LaureLive, which took place June 9-10, 2018 at Laurel's Butler Campus, Freshwater Cleveland spoke with Trey Wilson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, to learn more about the important role students play in working with Elevation Group to produce the two-day music festival. The article states that "A festival held at Laurel—consistently ranked as one of the area’s best K-12 schools—couldn’t exist without an educational component. That’s why Denny Young and Steve Lindecke [of Elevation Group] have, since the festival’s start in 2016, co-taught a class at Laurel’s upper school on music management and festival planning."

"They’ve done a terrific job," says Wilson, of the co-teaching team. Students take the class in order to have a role in staging the festival, whether that’s helping stagehands, working the box office, or even providing talent hospitality. "They’re on hand, in the trenches right next to us," said Young.

Students come to the class for the chance to meet big-name musicians, but they stay to learn the intricacies of running a music festival. "What surprises most of the girls is the scope of what goes into creating an event this size and scale,” said  Wilson. The class asks students to consider everything from food vendors to marketing to the number of port-a-potties necessary.

Click here to read the full story.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently connected with Valerie Zborovsky '21, for a story titled, "LaureLive Class on Ground Floor of Two-Day Music Festival." Valerie has been working throughout the semester with Elevation Group to learn about all aspects of event production. In the article she states that "her biggest surprise was learning that little details can make a big difference." Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was also included in the story stating that his favorite thing about the LaureLive class is that "the educators use 'the collective adolescent insight,' or the students' own curiosity to drive the discussion and select topics of conversation." Click here to read the full story.
The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel's Butler Campus in May to observe The Dig, an annual Grade Seven immersion unit that aims to replicate the Whittlesey tribe site. Hope Murphy, Director of Curriculum for Grades K-8, was included in the piece and stated The Dig was "brought to Laurel about 15 years ago when the school in Shaker Heights purchased the Butler Campus in Russell Township to promote outdoor activities. They lay out the site in grid lines and use the tools that archaeologists use. They collect artifacts and chart the data to put together a map of the dig site, which then gives them the ability to analyze how the artifacts fell in a meaningful way." The Grade Seven teachers collaborated with specialists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to prepare the mock site and the artifacts, which display cut marks to indicate that stone tools were used to process them. In preparation for The Dig, this year's students heard from Barbara Brown, a paleontologist and Laurel alum who helped discover Lucy, a female pre-hominin of the species Australopithecus afarensis that dates to 3.2 million years old. Click here to read the full story.
The Alumnae Association honored three graduates of distinction at the Distinguished Alumnae dinner on May 17. recapped the honorees, highlighting the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award, which was given to Marne Levine '88, COO of Instagram, a position she attained in 2014. Prior to joining Instagram, Levine, for four years, was vice president of global public policy at Facebook. Also being honored with the 2018 Young Alumna of Distinction Award was Tamara Broderick '03, an ITT career development assistant professor at MITThe third honoree was Kathy Chilcote Pender '55, a community volunteer and psychotherapist. Pender picked up the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for the full recap.

The Cleveland Jewish News was also in attendance for the dinner. Click here for the news coverage.

The News-Herald recently highlighted Jami Morris '21 and her impressive third place finish at this year's Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals, which took place on April 1 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Jami competed in the girls 14-15 age division and finished with the best drive of the group, which earned her ten points. She scored an eight in the chip competition and a four in putting. Jami made it through three stages of qualifying to get to Nationals and won her division at the regional at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Vollage Golf Club in Dublin, OH. See additional coverage highlighting Jami in Northeast Ohio Golf Online and  


In March Morgan Goldstein '18 authored a piece in Crain's Cleveland Business where she highlighted how planning, passion and dedication are critical for anyone looking to start a business. Morgan has been a chef for years and started on a professional path from a young age, appearing on the Food Network's "Chopped" in both 2015 and 2016. She is now the chef and founder of MHG Catering and is currently writing and publishing her own cookbook. Morgan is also a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. You can read the full story in Crain's here.

Laurel's Director of College Guidance Missy Rose was recently featured in a Cleveland Magazine story titled, "How to Find the Right College for Your High Schooler." In the piece Missy highlights the financial aspect of selecting a college, stating "Don't wait until your child is accepted to her dream college and it's April of her senior year and you say, 'We can't afford this.' The earlier families talk money, the better." She goes on to suggest parents "Have the conversation with your child upfront. There needs to be schools on the list that are highly likely for affordability — and that can be overlooked.” 

In the piece, Missy also discusses how your children are watching. Laurel's Center for Research on Girls conducted a study that showed when parents’ expectations are significantly higher than girls’ expectations for themselves, "self-esteem plummets," she points out. "They are watching for signs of approval or disapproval, and that could mean a raised eyebrow, crossed arms, a tone of voice," she is quoted saying. "Most kids want to please their parents, and if they get a sense that certain schools are not OK, it’s tough for them to deal with."

Missy also discusses the importance of stopping at ten applications. "It’s a lot of work to apply to colleges. It takes a lot of time. They need to balance the application process with their courses, their extracurricular activities and for some families, the cost."

Congratulations to the Grade Five, Six and Seven girls who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition at John Carroll University and at Hawken School this year. The tournament recognizes interest and perseverance in math outside the classroom, encouraging students to challenge their problem-solving skills in a competitive team format.

Of the three trophies available Laurel teams took all three! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and positive outcomes.  

5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Clare H.
  • Sydney M.
  • Jazmin R.
  • Ella W.
5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Gianna M.
  • Katie I.
  • Eve B.
  • Kelly K.
6th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Kaitlin E.
  • Amelia G.
  • Lexi C.
  • Karma A. 
6th Grade: (Blue Ribbon)
  • Riley O.
  • Grace G.
  • Kate T.
  • Shaliz B.
Grade Seven: (Red Ribbon)
  • Krista C.
  • Veda P.
  • Maria P.

Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service

Give back to your community while reconnecting with Laurel alumnae of all ages!

The annual Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service is a multi-city service event at which Laurel alumnae convene for a one-day project held each fall. For our eighth Sarah Lyman Day, we will collaborate with nonprofit organizations in Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, New York City, Portland (Maine), SeattleTwin Cities, and Washington, D.C.

All projects require registration.

Click on any city in the below table to reveal specific project details and a registration link.

BOCA RATON | Miracle League | September 29, 2018 | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Miracle League Delray Beach

Join us for Opening Day of the fall ball season with the Miracle League of Delray Beach! The mission of the Miracle League of Delray Beach/Palm Beach is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. The field has a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

You do not need to have any knowledge of baseball, just a desire to make a difference and put a smile on a child’s face! As it is Opening Day, many volunteers are needed so bring friends and family for a fun afternoon. Volunteers can be a buddy to a young player, hand out uniforms, cheer for the kids or bring baked goods and work in the concession stand.

Miracle League Delray Beach/Palm Beach County
Robert P. Miller Park
Miracle League Field #6
1905 SW 4th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

Chair: Trudi Gronbach Stevens ’55 or 561-362-8363


Register for SLD Boca

BOSTON | Community Servings | September 29, 2018 | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Community Servings

Community Servings is a food and nutrition non-profit that provides services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Annually, it provides 560,000 made from scratch and medically tailored meals for 1,850 individuals suffering from illnesses and their families.

Volunteers work alongside kitchen staff chopping, peeling and processing produce, sealing meals, labeling diets, portioning out soups, salads and snacks, packing bags and assembling meals.

The dress code is sneakers (no flats, sandals, or boat shoes), pants (no capris), and at least a t-shirt length sleeve.

Community Servings
18 Marbury Terrace
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Chair: Hannah Sobel ’06


Register for SLD Boston

CHICAGO | Cradles to Crayons | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with clothing, books, school supplies and the essentials that help them thrive and feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued.

Volunteer activities will include inspecting, sorting and packing toys, books, clothes and other essential items on the children’s wish lists. Please wear warm layers and closed-toed shoes. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Cradles to Crayons in advance of the day.

We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.

Cradles to Crayons
4141 West George Street
Chicago, IL 60641

Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ’78


Register for SLD Chicago

CLEVELAND | Shaker Lakes Nature Center | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Serving the community as a conserved green space, the Nature Center connects visitors with nature and inspires environmental stewardship in the thousands of adults and children served each year through unique and engaging programming and educational offerings. It has been designated as a National Environmental Education Landmark (U.S. Park Service), an Important Bird Area (Audubon Society), and an official Wildlife Habitat Site (National Wildlife Federation).

Join us in improving the habitat of the wildlife area of the Shaker Parklands on National Public Lands Day. Started in 1994 National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day effort to preserve and protect public lands. Tasks may include pulling invasive species and some trash clean up. Gloves, tools, trash bags, and safety vests will be provided.

There are spaces for 20 volunteers. Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.

Shaker Lakes Nature Center
2600 South Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Chair: Donna Jeffries Cook ’89


Register for SLD Cleveland 1

CLEVELAND YOUNG ALUMNAE | YWCA Norma Herr Women's Center | September 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Laurel School and The YWCA Norma Herr Women’s Center

Join us for a morning of self-care and caring for others! We’ll kick off the morning with a yoga session with certified instructor Eme Tesar ’13. The practice is designed for all experience levels---whether it’s your first time or you do lotus pose daily!

Then we will prepare care kits to donate to women at the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Norma Herr Women’s Center (NHWC). Participants will receive a list of the NHWC's most needed items and we would appreciate any you are able to contribute to the care kits.

The YWCA aims to empower women in the NHWC to receive the institutional services to which they are entitled and which they often require in order to overcome their experiences of homelessness, trauma, physical abuse and substance abuse, and re-establish self-sufficiency and independence in our community. As advocates for women, YWCA of Greater Cleveland recognizes the unique and often unheard voice of women in shelters, along with the systemic barriers to equality and the need to remove these barriers to empower women.

Laurel School
1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Co-Chair: Hanya Almudallal ‘06
Co-Chair: Addair Levine ‘13


RSVP for SLD Cleveland 2

COLUMBUS | Mid-Ohio Food Bank | September 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank works to connect hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for a lifetime. Last year they distributed about 70 million pounds of food, half of which was fresh. They provide food for about 155,000 meals every day.

Volunteer jobs include sorting, inspecting and repacking food donations. You may be inspecting food items for damage, boxing frozen meats, bagging produce, assembling care packages, or any other of a number of important projects! Please register by September 15 so we can give the Food Bank an accurate count.

Please wear comfortable layers and closed-toed shoes. Be advised that there may be lifting involved (boxes weigh between 10 and 30 pounds).

Mid-Ohio Food Bank
3960 Brookham Drive
Grove City, OH 43123

Chair: Rose Babington '04


Register for SLD Columbus


DURHAM | Funny Girl Farm | September 29, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Funny Girl Farm

Funny Girl Farm is a local farm that follows sustainable and organic practices to grow vegetables and produce eggs from hens on pasture. Sales from their farmstand and community supported agriculture (CSA) program--featuring vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, eggs, pasture-raised meat, and fruits--help the local economy, provide opportunities for beginning farmers and support mindful stewardship of the land. Funny girl farm also provides classes, camps, and field trips to give children hands-on learning about the natural world including concepts in science and agriculture.

Join us and get your hands dirty supporting this local farm! We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.

Funny Girl Farm
504 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27707

Chair: Jenna Bailey ‘12


 Register for SLD Durham

NEW YORK CITY | Part of the Solution (POTS) | September 29, 2018 | 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Part of the Solution (POTS)

Part of the Solution (POTS) aims to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door. It provides a mosaic of services in a “one-stop-shop” model to address the community’s diverse and complex needs. Its services include a food pantry, clothing room, shower facilities, legal clinic, case management, workforce development, and a family club.

There are spaces for 12 volunteers to provide lunch service in the community dining room. Please dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes.

Part of the Solution
2759 Webster Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 220-4892

Co-Chair: Joan Colleran ’16
Co-Chair: Deirdre Corrigan ’03


Register for SLD New York City

PORTLAND, ME | TBD | September 29, 2018 | TBD



SEATTLE | Food Lifeline | October 6, 2018 | 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center

This event takes place on October 6, 2018

Food Lifeline has moved to the brand new Hunger Solution Center. Volunteers will help sort and repack bulk donations of food for the 275 member food banks, meal programs and shelters that serve 91,000 meals every day.

Please wear warm layers and closed-toed shoes.

We plan to coordinate a lunch after the volunteer shift—details to follow for those who RSVP. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Food Lifeline in advance of the day. Registrations with Food Lifeline are due by September 29. There are a few volunteer youth spots for children ages 6 and older if you are interested in bringing your daughter, son or grandchild with you.

Food Lifeline
815 S 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 545-6600

Chair: Heather Cargile Lakefish ’91
Laurel Rep: Susan Walter Cargile '60


Register for SLD Seattle

TWIN CITIES | Cookie Cart | September 29, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.

Volunteers will work side-by-side with youth employees to scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies and assemble bakery boxes. Assisting with cookie production provides the opportunity to help model professional behavior to youth employees while also helping them practice their interpersonal skills. It also creates a natural opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart and share your story on how you found your career path. Please be prepared to talk about your career path. Our teen staff love to hear about dreams, passions, barriers, successes and advice about life paths.

Dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes. Please refrain from wearing watches and rings (only engagement/wedding rings are allowed). Cookie Cart will provide aprons, hairnets and rubber gloves.

Cookie Cart
1119 W Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Chair: Anita Lee ‘88


Register for SLD Twin Cities

WASGHINGTON, D.C. | Martha's Table | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Martha's Table

For over 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food and family supports. Martha’s Table focuses on four areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, Healthy Connections, and Emergency Support Services. Volunteers will help with meal preparation for the nightly hot meals Martha’s Table distributes.

There are spaces for 15 volunteers. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Using public transportation or carpooling is highly recommended as street parking can be challenging and/or expensive.

Martha’s Table
2114 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Chair: Nicole Brown ’04


 Register for SLD D.C.


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An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus

Laurel's Mission Statement:

To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 


Open House

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

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"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16

"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15

"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16

"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16

"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent


“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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