Ms. Lassiter was a kindergarten teacher who passed away suddenly at 24 years old, only 6 weeks into her first year of teaching. She was so passionate about her students, she started purchasing a collection of multi-cultural books for her classroom with her own money.
She discovered her passion for teaching, with a particular emphasis on early childhood education, during her year of service with City Year Dallas in 2015.
This fund is to continue her efforts by purchasing additional books for the kindergarten students at Umphrey Lee Elementary School.
Books will be purchased by her family in coordination with the Principal and Kindergarten teachers of Umphrey Lee Elementary School.
Apparently GoFundMe requires more information in the story in order for people to actually use the process behind the scenes. So, in the spirit of transparency, I am adding the specifics that they are requesting:
1. Who you are?
I am James (Jay) Boltz, Lindsey's Step-Father since 3/24/08, married to her biological mother, Sharlene Boltz (formerly Sharlene Lassiter)
2. Where you're from?
Cincinnati, Ohio - specifically, the home where Lindsey resided through her HS & College years, until she moved to Dallas for her advanced degree and to start teaching.
3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for?
Her Mother and I will be managing the funds, and using them for the support of the Lindsey Lassiter Memorial Library - which will be dedicated in cooperation with the Principle and KG teachers at Umphrey Lee Elementary, in Dallas, Texas.
4. How the funds will be used (be specific as possible)?
We are working with the School, as listed in #3, to determine if new shelving will be needed, and then using a list of books that Lindsey put together to purchase books to fill those shelves in the 3 Kindergarten rooms at ULee school. We may also purchase books for the main school library as well. ULee wants to have plaques put up in her memory as well.
5. How you plan to use the money on their behalf?
As stated in #4, her mother and I will be purchasing books, plaques, and possibly shelves for the school, and going to Texas for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be scheduled by the school.