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LEAF Announces Participation in Dancing With Our Stars

February 20, 2023

LEAF is proud to announce that two District administrators have chosen LEAF as the beneficiary or their efforts as competitors in the CMCF Women’s Fund Annual “Dancing With Our Stars” event to be held on Monday, June 12 at the College of St. Benedict from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Click here to view a preview of their salsa dancing.

Ayan Omar, Director of Equity Services, and Jesús Sandoval, Tech High School Assistant Principal will compete for the dancing title – and donations to the LEAF Activities Participation Fund.  This fund supports students who would otherwise have difficulty in participation in the student activities program by paying for physicals, equipment/clothing needs, or transportation.

Winners of the competition will be determined by scoring of their dance by judges (40%) and total funds raised through donations (60%). The winning couple receives an ADDITIONAL $15,000 in support of their charity – the LEAF Activities Participation Fund!    Let’s help Ayan and Jesús win this competition, while we help support the LEAF participation fund to encourage more girls and disadvantaged students to participate!

Support Ayan and Jesús by clicking here.

Ayan Omar summarizes her reason for taking the challenge to participate in the Dancing With Our Stars competition. “The access to cultural and religious uniform, which is made possible in the collaboration between LEAF in ISD 742 School District, is a reminder of how valuable honoring student identity authentically inspires student engagement. LEAF brings a critical component in the transformation of lives, families, and community. As a young Muslim-American refugee, LEAF offers students who share my narrative with opportunities otherwise inaccessible due to traditions, history, and financial barriers.”