About The Local Education & Activities Foundation
The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) was founded in 1993 as a fully independent, non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and enhancing school-based, extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities in District 742 Public Schools. LEAF’s endowment fund provides supplemental funding for academics, activities, arts and athletics in the district’s schools.
Effective July 1, 2009, LEAF has established a second fund, the Academic Opportunities & Enhancement Fund, which will provide academic grants to District 742’s educational program. The Academic Opportunities & Enhancement Fund will make grants to a variety of educational efforts, including projects that remove barriers to learning, creative curricular ideas to challenge students, innovative teaching ideas, projects with a student achievement focus, pursuit of excellence projects for/by staff in District 742 schools, and a variety of other ideas or projects submitted by teachers or other District staff.