To the editor:

The evening was the climax of a new curriculum unit for the entire sophomore class, in which every student read Ms. Gyasi’s novel, “Homegoing” this year as the result of an LEF grant, and was made possible through a collaboration with Lexington Community Education (LCE).

We are deeply grateful to English teacher Samantha St. Lawrence for her tireless persistence in bringing this event to fruition, with help from the entire sophomore teaching team — Chelsea Baum, Jake Beauregard, Sophie Blum, Abigail Chaffer, Christina Kent, Taylor Liljegren, Melissa Marti, Josh Olivier-Mason, Karen Russell and Dave Walsh; English Department Head Jane Day, and Principal Andrew Stephens; LCE Executive Director Craig Hall, staff member Brigid Gorry-Hines, and Jimmy McFeeley; LHS and Town Facilities staff Chris Bouchard, John Diperna, Joe Viera, and Laurie Lucibello; and Kevin Silva and Jean Davis of Whitson’s School Nutrition.

Thanks to the many students that helped setup, register and guide hundreds of attendees, including LEF Student Ambassadors Ash and Rayhan Ahmed, Ria Bhandarkar, Alessia Caira, Keena Gao, Sakshi Kaul, Shweta Kondapi, and Tristan Ohler; and LHS students Vincent Criniti (for photography), Madelin Bryant, Joey Cacciatore, Tom Ekrem, Fiona McGuire-Eggleston, Addison Metzgar, Ricky Munjaya, Nick Orf, Mason Smith, Elizabeth Stump, Hamish Swanson, and Aakash Thumma.

We offer special thanks to Trisha Pérez Kennealy and the Inn at Hastings Park, which graciously provided accommodations for Ms. Gyasi, and David Sandberg of Porter Square Books.

This event, and the grants which led to it, is a wonderful example of how our community comes together to support innovation in public education and inspire lifelong learning.

With deep thanks to the entire Lexington community,

— Karen Orf and Kim McCormick, presidents, Lexington Education Foundation