All About Us
What is the Lakeland Education Foundation?
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 LakelandSchool 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 January 4th to February 4th at midnight.
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 Pocketbook bingo and family photo day.
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 over 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:
“Pedal your way to Learn (GW), Engaging Engineers (TJ), “Off-the-Grid Hydroponics”(LCBMS), “The Weather Bug” (BF), “So Fresh So Clean ” (LHS), “Hunterbrook Water Quality Project” (WPHS), Edible Garden (VC) and “Stem it UP” (LT)
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, go 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!