Dear Friends of the Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF),
As a non-profit, LEAF strives to help District 742 meet the needs of its students. Changing times and changing needs have caused us to change and grow.
LEAF was founded in 1993 as an activities foundation, recognizing extracurricular activities are a vital component of education and student success. Our purpose was to raise money to help maintain activities, and we gave our first grants to District 742 in 1996.
In 2009, LEAF accepted the challenge of providing supplemental funding for academic programs. We created the Academic Enrichment and Opportunity Fund, to enhance curricular and classroom opportunities for our students, and our first academic grant was awarded in 2010. Since 2010, LEAF has grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of the District.