Innovation Grants


What is a classroom grant?
The Lehighton Education and Athletic Foundation (LEAF) encourages educators to create innovative and exciting educational programs for their students. Learning becomes easy when students enjoy the information which is being presented to them. Most students have  favorite teachers, and they are usually the ones who help students think outside the classroom textbook. Students need exciting projects, upgraded technology, and better resources, which sometimes means going beyond the approved school budget. Through classroom grants, LEAF helps the students to achieve greater success through an innovative and exciting learning environment.
Teachers, principals, and school administrators may apply for grants that benefit individual classrooms or the entire school.  The typical classroom grant ranges from $250 to $2000, but there is no limit on the Technology equipment, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) the Fine Arts, Literacy, and Social Studies.
Grants are available for grades K through 12 and could be used for:
-  Musical equipment
-  Field trips to educational destinations
-  Supplies for innovative projects
-  Literacy resources
-  Any other project deemed worthy by the selection committee
After a grant application is submitted, it is reviewed by the LEAF innovative grant committee. Applications are distributed to educators during November, and all applications for grants must be returned to the grant selection committee by January 18th.  The grant committee makes the final selection, and the approved grants are awarded by February 1st.
Classroom grants are made possible through the the following:
-  Fundraising conducted by LEAF
-  LASD teachers payroll deduction
-  LASD staff payroll deduction
-  LASD administration payroll deduction
-  Donations from local businesses and individuals
You can view and print the LEAF Grant Form here.
For more information about classroom grant contact:  (Chairman of the Innovative Grant Committee) 
                                          2017  Scholarship Awardees
 Leaf was excited to present four 1000.00 dollar scholarships this year.
 2017 awardees Brandon Ruch, Morgan Yurasits, and Zachary Zehner (missing form photo Rajah Quinones). Back row board members Larry Markley, Hugh Dugan, Todd Kriner
                                          2017 Grant to Students for FBLA National competition
           May 23rd Tiimes News article...Students: Ryan Moerder, Matt Eckhart, Mason Smith   FBLA Advisors:  Kevin Kotch and Trevor Miller
                                                         Back Row: LEAF board members, Larry Markley, Hugh Dugan, and Todd Kriner 
   2016 Innovative grant Awardees 
 2016 grant award recipients seated left to right middle four Melissa Volcskai, instructional coach; Angela Harris, 
K-4 Librarian; Lisa Steigerwalt, K-12 ESL teacher; and Suzanne Cordes, district reading specialist. Absent from photo
grant receipient Mark Maholick, middle school teacher. 

                                                                 2016      Scholarships
LEAF Scholarships:
Each year, LEAF will be awarding scholarships to 2 deserving students.  The recipients of the scholarships will be chosen by a designated LEAF committee. The criteria are the following:
-"to be added soon"
Hugh Dugan standing with the 2016 Awardees: Erik Skrincosky and Taya Edwards-Wentz.
Lehighton Education & Athletic Foundation
P.O. Box 370
Lehighton, Pa 18235
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