Lamar Foundation awards more than $200,000

Huggins Elementary received a record amount of $36,361 in grants from L.E.A.F.  Left to right are Math Specialist Brandy Sharber, Counselor Sherryl Cummings, Principal Doug Waddill, Reading Specialist Jennifer Johnson and Assistant Principal Kayla Hoth.

For the 13th year, the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (L.E.A.F.) delivered pre-holiday surprises that will eventually delight boys and girls around the district.

November 15, L.E.A.F. awarded a total of $217,537 to 111 grant winners. Since 2000, the foundation has given out $1,698,083 to teachers providing innovation in the classrooms.

“This is always my favorite day of the school year,” said L.E.A.F Executive Director Janice Knight. “The teachers are always so grateful and once the kids realize what types of things their teachers can now buy, it really creates some excitement.”

The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to securing and distributing resources to Lamar CISD that will enhance educational programs.

Men Who Cook, presented by SiEnviro, L.E.A.F’s major fundraiser, is scheduled for February 16.  Call Janice Knight at 832-223-0334 or go to www.leafgrants.org to receive information for this year’s event.

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