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News and history related to LEAF’s annual Learning Renaissance Foods and Wine Experience supporting academics in St Cloud’s public schools.

Kids ride to school on Fire Truck
May 16, 2023
Each year LEAF hosts a live auction at our annual LEAF Learning Renaissance.  One of the fun items on the auction is a “Fire Truck Ride to School” for up to two students living within the St. Cloud city limits.  The auction winner gets to choose which school gets to select the lucky student(s). This year, Mike Podawiltz and Diana Murphy-Podawiltz won the …
September 27, 2021
Jim Pehler, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.  Jim was a great friend of LEAF. He served a 6-year term on the LEAF board and continued to be connected closely to LEAF even after his term ended – and even after he developed considerable health issues in recent years.
September 27, 2021
We had hoped to return in 2021 to an in-person event at Café Renaissance with all of our friends and supporters, but out of an abundance of caution we have decided a virtual event is the best decision for this year. We will therefore celebrate our 11th Annual LEAF Learning Renaissance online much as we did last year. This year’s event will run from Monday…
June 16, 2021
The Learning Renaissance is back for 2021 October 10th, 2021 – 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
November 7, 2018
The 2018 Learning Renaissance was a great success!  Thank you to all who participated and contributed. The Learning Renaissance is a night of food, wine and good conversation held annually at the Cafe Renaissance in Waite Park.  In addition to providing a truly remarkable community gathering, the evening raised almost $40,000 for academic programs in D…
September 2, 2018
The 2018 LEAF Learning Renaissance event will focus on partnering with District 742 to support Academic Programming and English Language Learners in all of schools! Help us provide staff with materials and supplies to improve reading skills and level the “learning playing-field” so all students can excel academically. The Eighth Annual Learning Renaissan…