The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) held their annual awards ceremony this week where they presented grants to local teachers. Those teachers included recipients from Lakeland Elementary School, Lakeland Middle and Lakeland Prep High School.
The organization was able to award approximately $40,000 in grants for a variety of different educational needs. LEF board member Ursula Roman said it was a special night when you can award so many grants to local teachers to enhance learning and educational experiences. “With the support of the community we hope to do even more next year to fulfill more in-classroom needs. There are many opportunities to support our school system, but one way to support teachers directly is to contribute to Lakeland Education Foundation,” she said.
Some of the educational needs addressed this year included musical grants for LES as well as programs to inspire future innovators and inventors. At Lakeland Middle Prep awards covered teacher projects looking to explore world cultures as well as a need to display more student art projects. In the high school some of the awards will help with chemistry lab needs as well as entrepreneurship programs.
The Lakeland Education Foundation is made up of volunteers who raise funds in a variety of different ways throughout the year. This past year some of those fundraisers included the Lakeland Festival of Lights, the Haunted Trail at IH Clubhouse and trivia nights at local establishments like The Owners Box.