LAPS Foundation: A Million Thanks

A decade of donors gather Nov. 5 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAPSF


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation invited a decade of donors to Historic Fuller Lodge Saturday, Nov. 5 to say THANKS-A-MILLION in celebration of reaching the $1 million milestone in project and program support for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

Founding Board Member, Steve Wells, thanked donors and reminded the crowd of the bigger picture when supporting public education in Los Alamos; “When we support the schools, we are supporting more than just our youth and our teachers, we are supporting the value of our homes, the quality of the talent LANL is able to recruit, and the quality of life in our community.”

Over the past 10 years, the LAPS Foundation has provided financial support for teacher certifications and  professional development, books for classrooms, a new foreign language lab for the High School, scholarships for LAHS graduates, classroom make-overs (like the newly remodeled LAMS Band Room), and much more.

LAPSF Executive Director Joanna Gillespie shared her original vision for the Foundation; “I had supported various fundraisers over the years, but students only see a part of those funds. Our founding Board of Directors imagined what we could do if every dime of our donations went directly into the schools.”

To find out more about the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, or to donate, visit