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District 742 “Welcome Back Staff”

Along with a large number of area businesses and organizations, LEAF had a table at the District 742 Welcome Back Staff event at Tech High School this morning.  LEAF offered prizes for staff who stopped by and filled out a card.  Hundreds of staff took advantage of the opportunity to stop by, chat with LEAF board members, and register for a Scheels Gift Card, 4-$250 Adopt-a-Classroom grants from LEAF, or tickets to the October 16 LEAF Learning Renaissance.  LEAF board members who participated were (from left to right), Lori Johnson, Bruce Mohs, Peggy Carlson, Brianna Inkster, and Bruce Hentges (executive director).  The two other pictures show staff filling out the registration form to be entered in the LEAF drawing.  It was a glorious morning and a fun time to meet and interact with district staff!

St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club Supports Teachers

The St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club said “thanks” to District 742 teachers by paying for a team of teachers to play in both the Apollo Golf Scramble on August 5th, and the Tech Golf Scramble on August 12th.  These golf tournaments raise funds to help the activities programs at both schools.  By supporting teachers, the Optimist Club was also supporting students and their opportunity to participate in a quality activities program.  Thanks Optimists!

PAKRAT Bus June Report

As part of our United Way grant in support of the summertime PAKRAT bus program, we report the number of children that are impacted by our efforts.  Sara Martini has compiled our June numbers to be submitted to the United Way.  During June, 980 children checked out 2,690 books from the PAKRAT Bus!

Attached pictures from the PAKRAT Bus show our intern Sean Reagan checking out books to children while Sara helps children make their selections.  

Thanks to Sara, Sean and all our volunteers on the PAKRAT Bus



The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation announces that it has recently received a gift of $78,390 to set up a “Music Matters” fund within the LEAF with the Central MN Community Foundation.

The fund will provide 5% annual grants in support of the District 742 music program.
Support the District 742 music program and help build the LEAF “Music Matters” fund. You can make a contribution online by CLICKING HERE or send your check made out to “LEAF” and sent to: LEAF, PO Box 1132, St. Cloud, MN 56302. In either case, please identify the Music Matters fund in your memo.

PAKRAT’s Book Bus is Ready to Roll!

PAKRAT’s  “Roll and Read” book bus begins its 2022 summer schedule on June 13th.

We’re bringing the PAKRAT Roll and Read Book Bus to a site near you this summer, and it’s completely free to check out books!

What:  The PAKRAT Roll and Read book bus will be coming to a neighborhood near you! Come check out your favorite books from the library on the bus!  Our book bus is open to children of all ages, birth through grade 8, and completely free!  We will also have a bag of math activities with math manipulatives for you to keep.

When:  Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons during the summer.  Please come to any location that is convenient for you.  Everyone is welcome at all stops!  The PAKRAT Book Bus will not run the week of July 4th – July 8th.

Returning Books:  We do not charge for lost books in the summer!  Our goal is to keep every child reading over the summer to prevent the summer slide.  You can return your books at any stop, any week during the summer or to any school in District 742 in the fall.

 Monday Dates:   June 13th, 20th, 27th, July 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st

    Time     Location

    Stop 1:  11:00-11:20

    Pantown apartment area

    Stop 2:  11:25-1:00

    Madison Elementary School

    Stop 4:  1:10-1:35

    Westwood Elementary School

    Stop 5:  1:40-2:10

    Roosevelt Boys and Girls Club – 345 30th Ave. N.

  Tuesday Dates:   June 14th, 21st and 28th, July 12th, 19th, 26th, August 2nd

    Time     Location

    Stop 1: 11:00-12:30

    Discovery Elementary School

    Stop 2: 12:40-1:10

    Oak Hill Elementary School

    Stop 3: 1:20-1:40

    Lincoln Elementary School

    Stop 4: 1:50-2:10

    Eastside Boys and Girls Club – 320 Raymond Avenue

 Wednesday Dates:   June 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd

    Time     Location

    Stop 1:  11:00-11:35


    Stop 2:  12:00-12:20

    Klinefelter Park in St. Joseph

    Stop 3:  12:25-12:50

    Kennedy Community School

    Stop 4:  1:10-1:30

    Lake George in the parking lot by the Municipal Complex

    Stop 5:  1:40-2:10

    Southside Boys and Girls Club – 1205 6th Ave. S.

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