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Helping students to find the power of education

Shown (l-r) are: Rick Russell L.E.A.F. Board Member Jan Russell, Librado Reyes, Barbara Macha, Executive Director Janice Knight, and Leon Hawkins.

Employees at a local power plant helped some Lamar CISD students take a trip to a brighter future, with a generous donation to the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (L.E.A.F.)

Because of the donation from the NRG Employee Charitable Fund, fifth-grade students at some Lamar CISD schools will be touring university campuses in the Houston area, showing them that a college degree is closer than they think.
“This is an opportunity to expose them to education opportunities that exist after high school,” said L.E.A.F. Executive Director Janice Knight “Hopefully, by planting this seed of awareness, these students will grow to realize that they can accomplish anything.”

Thomas Elementary students visited the University of Houston last week. Thomas teacher Sarah Gerke overheard several students discussing plans for college.
“From the moment we arrived, our students were amazed by the enormity of the campus. Our guides were amazing and did a wonderful job showing us the campus and listening and answering all of the questions,”Gerke said. “During and after the tour I heard multiple comments about wanting to attend U of H after they graduate! Thank you again for allowing our 5th graders to have this wonderful opportunity. We are hoping to be able to make this a 5th grade tradition!”

“We are so appreciative of the employees at NRG for approving this donation again this year to help our students see the need for higher education,” said L.E.A.F. board President Judi Vernon.

L.E.A.F. was created to encourage teachers to develop creative instructional strategies in the classroom. District teachers are given the opportunity to make their creative ideas a reality and positively impact student learning. L.E.A.F. awarded more than $203,000 during the 2011 funding period and has awarded more than $1.45 million in 12 years.

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