The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) awarded more than $51,000 in grants last week for programs, projects and equipment in the district.
“This was a busy and very successful year and it feels good to keep writing bigger and better checks each year,” said Mike Daly, treasurer of LEF. “These funds will impact our schools and almost every student in the Lakeland School District.”
Overall, the check presented to the Board of Education at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School funded 19 different grants. Since 1994, LEF has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to enhance the educational experience of students.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School received a grant to help build an after-school theater program, while Thomas Jefferson, Van Cortlandtville and George Washington each received $6,000 to improve their use of iPads. Meanwhile, Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School was given funds to increase communication and develop its own news station.
Other grants ranged from physical education equipment and multi-cultural musical instruments to interactive math notebooks and airbrushing equipment.
LEF’s last fundraiser for this school year will take place June 20 at the Cove in Peekskill with its own in-house band, Unfunded Mandate, performing from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to LEF.