In addition to referencing our house, the name of our organization combines the word “Lab” – we aim to be a laboratory of ideas and projects – with the letters “ABC,” the first three of the alphabet. That is the starting point from which our guests, young and old, begin their journey towards the more advanced learning that life will call them to. We aim to walk alongside them in perpetuity with the help of local educational institutions, families, and other nonprofits. Our organization aims to be a community that encourages the sharing of tools, ideas, best practices and ultimately grows alongside the people it serves. We aim to educate the adults of tomorrow, and hope that they will in turn educate us as we grow.
Our logo also includes a small glass vial: a repository of the most precious elements of the various cultures and traditions of our community, to be gently mixed, and whose content is richer than the sum of its parts. The Italian word for “small glass vial” is ampollina: the ancient name of the maritime settlement that predates Sampieri is Ampolline, in turn deriving its name from a Greek temple dedicated to the god Apollo. It is believed to have been erected in today’s Punta Pizziddu (Ô Puzzu râ zâ Vanna in Sicilian), a short walk from the Yellow House.