NRG employees donate to L.E.A.F.

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

Employees at the W.A. Parish power plant are helping 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 $3,000 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.”

“We are so appreciative of the employees at W.A. Parish 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 $217,000 during the 2012 funding period and has awarded more than $1.6 million in 13 years.  Follow us @LEAFGrants on Twitter or like us at Lamar Educational Awards Foundation on Facebook.

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