About Us


The Lehighton Education and Athletic Foundation is an independent, charitable organization which has been privately established to cooperate with the Lehighton Area School District in supporting educational programs and extra-curricular activities that are outside of the School District's operational budget.

Our Mission Statement:  LEAF is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for students and programs and promoting creativity, innovation, and excellence in the Lehighton Area School District.

Our Goals

  • Award competitive program grants to LASD teachers and administrators
  • Provide financial support for promoting and maintaining enrichment and remediation
  • Enrich fine arts, extra-curricular, and athletic programs
  • Expand the use of technology in the classroom
  • Provide scholarships to LASD graduates
  • Promote innovation


LEAF is funded by:

  • Fundraising - Although we are separate from the School District, we will be engaging in fundraising activities to assist all the students in grades K-12 to achieve their maximum potential.
  • EITC Credits - A tax credit (not a deduction) is available for businesses that make donations to local educational improvement organizations such as LEAF.
  • Donations - Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted from any person or organization who contributes to LEAF.

LEAF is an approved 501(C)3 Corporation. All donations are tax deductible.


Volunteers - The framework of LEAF has recently been completed. We have established the following committees in order that we may move forward toward achieving our goals. We need caring individuals who share our views to step up and join us. The following is a brief description of the focus for each of our committees.

  • Endowment and Legacy Society - Provides for the establishment of specific “Endowment Funds” for academic purposes and long term stability.
  • EITC, Major Gifts, and Grant Writing - Charged with attracting contributions through the PA Tax Credit Program, Major Gifts from Individuals, and Grants from Private foundations and Corporations.
  • Alumni - Provides for the long term success of the Foundation through the creation of an Alumni Association for both short term (annual giving) and long term (endowment giving).
  • Information Technology - Supports the Foundation’s Website, and Database Management of donor relations.
  • Public Relations and Advocacy - Promotes, markets, communicates and improves the image of the foundation and student achievements within the School District and Community.
  • Allocation - Establishes a priority list of needs for the School District, which the Foundation could support.
  • Governance - Recruits qualified individuals in all areas of the foundation and ensures that all financial reporting requirements are met. Publishes an annual report.
  • Giving Campaign - Contacts donors for annual solicitation campaigns.
  • Special events - Creates events to generate funds for the Foundation to include an annual Signature Event.


  • Monetary Donations - The Foundation welcomes all monetary donations including matching funds, grants, and gifts by alumni, local businesses, and the Lehighton Area Community.
  • “In Kind“ Donations - The Foundation gratefully accepts donations of “goods and services” to carry on the daily business of the Foundation. Office equipment and supplies, printing, advertising, and design services, or gifts and prizes that can be used at our fundraising events are very much appreciated.
  • Memorial Donations - You may honor a loved one by making a gift in his or her name. You may also create a gift within your estate for the Foundation or establish an endowment fund.

In the event that you are interested in joining the LEAF, team or in receiving more information about LEAF please contact any of the LEAF Board Members. Current Board Members are: 

  • Hugh Dugan, President
  • Larry Markley, Vice President
  • Timothy Tkach, Treasurer
  • Renee Biechy 
  • Kristen Obert
  • Todd Kriner
  • Todd Serfass
  • William "Bill" Michalik
  • Dr. Michael R. Everett 
  • Jennifer Steele-Gilham

  • East Penn

  • Franklin

  • Mahoning 
    Lehighton Education & Athletic Foundation
    P.O. Box 370
    Lehighton, Pa 18235

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