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LEAF Receives Two New Grants

Good News: Yesterday (05/16/2019), we were informed that we will receive two separate grants in support of LEAF efforts:

1.  $21,000 from the Richard Schulze Foundation (Best Buy) in support of the PAKRAT Program. This will allow us to continue to expand the PAKRAT library in our 9 elementary and preschool buildings as well as the summer Roll & Read Bus Program.

2.  $22.350 for a new program called “PAKCAT” (Partners And Kids Counting Alot Together), which will allow us to provide math concept development materials for preschool students in District 742. These materials will be included on the Summer Roll & Read Bus in the summer of 2020.

Thanks to Sara Martini (PAKRAT) and Melissa Hanzek-Brill (PAKCAT) for their expert help in submitting the grant applications!

LEAF Announces Spring 2019 Grants

LEAF grants climb to $165,494 for the 2018-19 School Year.

The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation announced the awarding of $49,333 during its spring Academic and Activities Funds granting cycle.  Each year, LEAF awards supplemental funding to academic, activities, arts and athletic programming in District 742 public schools.  Teachers, coaches and advisers submit grant applications for special projects twice during the academic year.  In addition, LEAF makes ticket sales grants to programs from the Night of the Stars Variety Show each spring (view a complete grant history here). Grants awarded this spring included funds for diverse projects including:

Another Great Year for Night of the Stars

The 2019 LEAF Night of the Stars performances included group, duo and individual performances.  This year’s show was excellent and well received by audiences on both Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. 

Thank you to the performers and all who attended!

LEAF Annual Meeting, Awards Reception and Report to the Community

LEAF 2019 Award Winners

Pictured Left to Right:  Pat Welter, Lucille Guinta-Bates, Randy Warzecha, Kathy Wogen, Pete Mantanich, Jill Lipp, Bruce Watkins and Tammy Wilson

About 80 community members and LEAF Board members gathered at the St. Cloud Country Club on Monday, February 11 to hear about LEAF activities during 2018 and to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the LEAF mission.


Apply by December 10 to begin January 7, 2019

Did you know that in Minnesota 1 in 3 third graders can’t read at grade level? Or that less than 60% of our eighth graders are proficient in math? Together we can do more than change those statistics—we can change the future.

Using the people power of AmeriCorps (sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps”) Reading Corps & Math Corps recruit tutors to work with students who need extra help. Tutors are currently needed throughout the state at schools and preschools near you.

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