Learn About the Lab

These sessions are perfect for potential volunteers, supporters, or curious friends and family. You will hear from one of our educations, a volunteer tutor and a Learning Lab student on why Learning Lab means so much to them. Sessions are at the Anna Margaret Jones Center for Learning in Garden City: 308 E 36th St, Garden City ID 83714

  • January 7, 2021 at 12pm
  • February 9, 2021 at 12pm
  • March 10, 2021 at 5pm
  • April 13, 2021 at 12pm
  • May 12, 2021 at 5pm

If you have any questions please contact Mary Jane Fields at: 

Lunch For Literacy 2021

Lunch for Literacy was virtual this year and if we’re honest, we were concerned about whether we could host this beloved event successfully in an online venue. We should have known that our dedicated community of donors, volunteers, tutors, and friends would show up and support Learning Lab and our students like never before!

As part of the luncheon festivities this year, we began to celebrate Learning Lab’s 30th Anniversary! With the success of the luncheon, and the outpouring of support from our friends, we are looking forward, now more than ever, to our next 30 years!

We are so grateful for your generosity! Your gifts help us provide scholarships to students so they may achieve their educational goals regardless of their ability to pay.

This year, Pulitzer Prize winner, Anthony Doerr interviewed Actor and Author, Jamie Lee Curtis during Lunch For Literacy. And what an impactful interview it was! You can watch the entire Lunch for Literacy event here, including this interview.

During Jamie Lee Curtis’s Lunch for Literacy interview, she mentioned the following excerpt from East of Eden. It resonated with many event viewers so we’ve added it here.

John Steinbeck


“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man.  Nothing was ever created by two men.

There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy.  Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything.  The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.

And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on the preciousness, the mind of man.

By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged.

It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

And this I believe:  that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.  And this I would fight for:  the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.

And this I must fight against:  any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.

This is what I am and what I am about.  I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.

Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts.  If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

Thank you 2021 Sponsors!

Goss Gustavel Goss
J.R. Simplot Company Foundation
DB Fitzpatrick and Co.
Delta Dental
First Interstate Bank
Forbes Family
The Grove Hotel
Idaho Power
Intermountain Gas Company
KeyBank of Idaho
Bank of Idaho
Boise Cascade
Boise Endodontics
Boise State University – College of Education
CapEd Credit Union
Duke Scanlan Hall
ECCO Safety Group
Eide Bailly
EKC, Inc.
Brad and Annette Elg
George and Bev Harad
Jack and Julie Hawkins
Hawley Troxell
Idaho Trust Bank
Idaho Writers Guild
McAnaney and Associates
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University
Patty Northrop
Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp
St. Alphonsus
St. Luke’s Health System
Jeff Storti – In Memory of Tanya Storti
Title One
United Heritage Insurance
US Bank
Idaho Statesman
KTVB Idaho’s News Channel 7