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Friends Gather to Celebrate Tom Lasley

Friends and colleagues gathered on Friday, November 10, as the local Dayton community had the opportunity to celebrate a national recognition recently awarded to Learn to Earn Dayton's founding director Dr. Thomas J. Lasley, II.

In September, StriveTogether recognized Tom with the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award at its national convening in San Francisco. The local event was an opportunity those from Montgomery County to add our congratulations and thanks for all of Tom's efforts in shaping educational policy and supporting student outcomes for the region.

The celebration was hosted in advance of Learn to Earn Dayton's quarterly board meeting. In advance of the event, many friends sent along words of congratulations. They were compiled and shared here. The morning included:

  • a welcome from CEO Stacy Schweikhart;

  • words of recognition from elected officials,

  • a reflection on Tom's legacy from President of The Dayton Foundation, Mike Parks;

  • the formal award ceremony, with StriveTogether CEO Jennifer Blatz and Chief Advancement Officer Colin Groth;

  • comments from Tom, including kind words for friends, family, and colleagues, and a few stories from the field;

  • closing remarks from L2ED Board President Kippy Ungerleider; and

  • a well-deserved standing ovation for our guest of honor.

Thank you to StriveTogether for sponsoring the event and The Dayton Foundation for hosting. As was mentioned during the event, there is no room large enough to hold all the students, families, and colleagues who have benefitted from Tom's leadership and commitment to education. In lieu of that -- we were so pleased for our opportunity for a modest gathering to say congratulations and thanks to Dr. Thomas J. Lasley, II.


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