Lakeland Education Foundation Announces 2019 Honorees

The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) will honor three district staff members at its annual Casino Night, Silent Auction, and Dinner Dance to be held at the Villa Barone in Mahopac on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Three outstanding supporters of the LEF and the students of the Lakeland Central School District are this year’s honorees: Dr. Elaine C. Alden, Donna Bolner, and Jacquie Woodruff.

Elaine is the Instructional Coach at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Donna serves as an Assistant Principal at Walter Panas High School. Jacquie is the principal at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.

“What a humbling honor it is to accept the designation,” offered Woodruff.  The Lakeland Education Foundation enriches the educational experience of thousands of children each year.  To be recognized by such an organization is a tremendous distinction, which I am proud to receive.  Being a part of the Lakeland community is not only rewarding but also a privilege I will cherish forever,” added Woodruff. She began in Lakeland in 2001.

“As a teacher for many years, I saw the direct benefit to students from a grant I received from the foundation,” said Bolner. “As an administrator, I wanted to recognize teachers' instruction and support student learning, and the Lakeland Education Foundation allows me to do both."  She has been with the district since August of 2014.

“It is an overwhelming honor to be recognized as one of the LEF honorees for the 2018-2019 school year,” said Dr. Alden.  “I am extremely grateful for LEF's consistent support as it has allowed me to provide the Benjamin Franklin community of teachers and students with resources and activities to further enhance the exemplary pedagogy, which is already in place, to create and foster lifelong learners and problem solvers,” she added.  She began her Lakeland career in 2004.

Created in 1994, last year the Foundation topped $1 million raised and donated to benefit the district’s students.

The Lakeland Education Foundation seeks to provide opportunities for the students and staff of Lakeland to expand learning opportunities, to maximize the potential of each student, and to augment the fine work that is already underway in the Lakeland Schools.

“The Lakeland Education Foundation has been working hard for the past 24 years to enhance the educational experience for all Lakeland students,” said Diane Kness, LEF President.

The money raised at the evening’s activity will be used to help fund the Foundation’s grant program. For more information or to sign up to attend the event, go to