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In the fall of 2009, Chris Shumway paid a visit to his old grade school in Vienna, Wolftrap Elementary.
He had been a student there in the 1970s, and then had grown up and gone off to New York to work on Wall Street. By 2009, he was managing his own multibillion-dollar hedge fund, Shumway Capital.
He visited Wolftrap with the idea of donating something to the school in honor of his third grade teacher, Candace Leyton, who died in 2003 at age 54 of breast cancer.
Wolftrap’s principal, Anita Blain, said she told Shumway that the school had established a beautiful courtyard. Would he like to donate a bench? Or perhaps a tree?
“He said, ‘I’m really thinking more substantial,’ ” Blain said, recalling the conversation.
“He said, ‘Do you need a building?’”
Blain swallowed her shock — “Things like that just don’t happen,” she exclaimed — and embraced the offer. And Monday at noon, Wolftrap will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Candace Leyton Innovation Learning Lab.