Laura and James Naughton Be A Student's Friend Sponsors
Just in time to begin the new school year, the Be A Student's Friend (BASF)
program received heartwarming news. In response to an urgent appeal for new
sponsorships, dedicated supporters Laura and James Naughton offered to sponsor
all 148 students on the BASF waiting list. Laura and James became BASF sponsors
in 2000 after seeing one of our advertisements in The New York Times.
Laura was drawn to the full-page ad featuring the smiling face of a child
waiting for a scholarship. During their first few years of involvement, Laura and
James supported three students. Last year, they decided to sponsor an additional
50. With their recent additions, the Naughtons now support 201 students!
The Naughtons live in London with their three young children but both have
roots in the United States. Laura grew up in western Georgia and James is
from Queens, New York. James went to Catholic grammar and high school and
knows the importance of a values-based, safe learning environment for urban kids.
While the average wait time for a BASF scholarship is one year, Laura and James
made it possible for all former 148 wait list students to receive a scholarship in
less than six months. Their generosity has allowed us to distribute new applications
to our schools and we now have a fresh list of students in need of scholarships.
Laura and her eldest daughter, Alice, recently visited three of the Naughtons' sponsored students at Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem. They enjoyed meeting each other and spent a few minutes chatting and exchanging questions. Laura's students
presented her with a book of thank you letters as well as Christmas presents for
the Naughton family. It was a wonderful way for Laura to witness the effects of her
generosity first hand. Thank you, Laura and James, for your commitment to our students!
For more information about Be A Student's Friend, contact Karina Strobl at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 646.794.3328.