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Promoting and enhancing school-based, extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities in District 742 Public Schools.

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    Madison Elementary physical education project.

  • Why Support LEAF?

    Top 10 reasons to support LEAF.

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Legacy & Planned Giving

Establish a legacy.
Major gifts from generous donors provide a solid foundation for the success of LEAF.

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Your Support, Please!

LEAF’s support for students in District 742 is now nearing three million dollars!
It happens because of donations from people like you.

Major Sponsors

LEAF is fortunate to have the support of many St. Cloud area businesses and organizations who provide generous support for LEAF programs and events.

Our Purpose

LEAF is a citizens’ organization whose purpose is to secure and channel private funds to support and enhance the educational process.


LEAF has established a proven track record of raising funds and getting them to the students who really need them.

Photo Contest

LEAF is sponsoring an ongoing photo contest to highlight the positive things happening each day in our District 742 schools.

Homework is hard. Imagine how hard it is without a home.

LEAF helps supports homeless students and their families.

While many local agencies are working with schools and families to help kids, distance learning provides many challenges for those without a secure home.

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Growing a stronger community

through academics, activities, arts and athletics.

Recent Posts

  • LEAF Selects New Executive Director

    April 9, 2024
    Dear Friends of LEAF, As many of you are aware, Bruce Hentges, who has been with LEAF for over 30 years and has been our Executive Director since 2008, is retiring.  We have conducted a thorough search process to find his replacement with some criteria such as experience with non-profit organizat…
  • LEAF Awards Grants for 1st Quarter, 2024

    April 1, 2024
    St. Cloud, MN – The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation board of directors announces the awarding of the following grants during the 1st quarter (Jan-March) 2024.  This brings total LEAF grants since 1997 to $3,022,045.00.  LEAF provides grants to support all academic, …
  • LEAF Welcomes New and Recognizes Outgoing Board Members

    February 27, 2024
    During LEAF’s annual Community Report and Awards Reception, four new members were welcomed to the LEAF Board of Directors:  Sharon Botz, Beth Fenstad, Rene Knippel and Chris Weathersby. Pictured Left to Right:  Rene Knippel, Chris Weathersby, Beth Fenstad, and Sharon Botz Tim Beck, Abdi Dai…
  • LEAF Announces 2024 Award Winners

    February 27, 2024
    The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) recognized and thanked community supporters at its annual LEAF Community Report and Awards Reception Feb. 26 at the St. Cloud Country Club. Awards were presented for Volunteer Service, Charitable Giving, Instructional Excellence,…
  • LEAF Looking for a New Executive Director

    January 5, 2024
    The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) has an opening for a new executive director with the retirement of longtime executive director Bruce Hentges.  LEAF is looking for someone with leadership experience who truly values public education.  This is a half-time positio…
  • LEAF Receives a generous gift of $10,000 from St. Cloud Golden Gloves

    October 28, 2023
    The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation announces that with a generous gift of $10,000 from the St. Cloud Golden Gloves organization, the fall 2023  Adopt-A-Classroom Project