The Lakeland Education Foundation (“LEF”), a not-for-profit corporation, was founded in 1994 by a group of parents, business leaders, and other members of the Lakeland community who were interested in enriching education in the District by encouraging innovative programs. While the LEF works closely with parent/teacher organizations, the Board of Education, and District administration, it is a separate, financially independent 501(c)(3) organization.
What does the LEF do?
The LEF raises money to fund grants given to teachers, students or staff members in the Lakeland School District for programs that enrich education. The Board also welcomes grant applications from any member of the Lakeland community. We have one grant cycles each year; which is from February 13th to March 13th. Applications are available online, at the district office in Shrub Oak or from individual school principals.
How does the LEF raise money?
We raise money through personal cash donations and corporate sponsorships in support of general funding or specific programs, as well as welcoming donations of silent auction gift and prize items for most events. Our gala fund raising event each year is the Casino Night/Dinner Dance, held each March. Additional events include Ladies Brunch Boutique, 5K Run, and a Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza, where women will have the opportunity to mix their holiday gift shopping and socializing with friends in a chic club-like atmosphere.
How much money has the LEF raised for the Lakeland community?
The LEF donates $30,000 to $50,000 per year in grant awards for educational initiatives within the Lakeland School District. Since its creation the LEF has granted a half-a-million dollars to enhance our children’s education.
What kinds of grants has the LEF funded?
Following are just a few examples of the wonderful programs developed by educators in Lakeland that the LEF is proud to have funded this past school year:
“Ipads (GW), Drama Program (TJ)
“Anti bullying program (BF) ,
“Celebrates the Art of Africa”(TJ)
“The Weather Bug” (BF)
“Julius Caesar: Power and Corruption” (LHS)
“Hunterbrook Water Quality Project” (WPHS)
Edible Garden (VC)
To learn more about what you can do to help enrich education in Lakeland, to learn more about applying for a grant or how to volunteer, log on to www.LakelandEducationFoundation.org , write to us at PO Box 132, Shrub Oak, New York 10588, contact email us LEF@LakelandSchools.org
Thank you for your continued support!
The Lakeland Education Foundation provides financial support to encourage and facilitate innovative projects and programs that enrich the educational experience of students in the Lakeland Central School District.