To the Editor:
On Sept. 26, my family lost its patriarch and our community lost a leader. My father, Thomas Lambert, was a longtime community volunteer, serving for more than a decade as a member of the Watertown Board of Education.
He spent his career in manufacturing, including as vice president of Alves Precision Engineered Products, Inc.
My father knew that there are many different types of student learners, and there are many different types of jobs that require skills not often found in the typical academic environment.
Before his death, my father was working on developing relationships between businesses and Watertown High School to allow students the chance to get real world experience.
After his passing, the Thomas A. Lambert Career Partnership Fund was created to continue his mission. The fund enables students to explore a variety of career paths through apprenticeships and internships in manufacturing and the skilled trades. Partnering with local businesses, students gain real-world and hands-on experiences to graduate with the skills needed for competitive employment and career success.
Over the past two months, many community members have donated to this fund in memory of my father, and my family is grateful that his legacy and dream will continue to flourish in Watertown.
Your funds will support students in a variety of career-technical education areas, ensuring they are prepared for jobs in a variety of fields, from tech and manufacturing to culinary and health fields.
On behalf of my family, we thank you for your generosity and faith in this exciting new partnership.
We are extremely proud and excited that his legacy will continue, and his work and dreams continue to make a difference in our hometown.
Donations may be sent to WHS, 324 French St., Watertown, 06795, with “Lambert Fund” in the check’s memo line.