Inspired by his interest in project-based learning and sustainability, science faculty member Brett Balhoff attended a conference at The Island School in the Bahamas last summer, challenging himself to think critically about how our La Lumiere community could learn how to “live well in a place.” Upon his return, he charged his ecology students to explore ideas that would help us to care for our beautiful campus in sustainable ways. His goal? Student-led conservation and sustainability projects rather than faculty-driven initiatives. Whether it’s a rising senior spending the summer as an intern at Notre Dame’s QuarkNet lab, a group of students requesting an AP Music Theory class to take their knowledge to a new level, or a junior exploring his options for an independent study in mathematics because he has completed both AP Calculus AB and BC already, what we aim to awaken is the thrill of discovery and the sense of inquiry and purpose that drives our students’ scholarship. Your gift to the Laker Fund makes great teaching and learning possible.