Lakewood Education Foundation

Efforts give $51,830 to local school projects

Thanks to generous donations from Lakewood residents and businesses, the Lakewood Education Foundation (LEF) has been able to give grants for hundreds of classroom improvement projects in Lakewood schools since 2003. This shows the importance that Lakewood residents and businesses place on our local schools…and the trust they place in LEF to select worthy projects.

Click here to make an online donation to the Lakewood Education Foundation.

In 2016, 111 Lakewood school projects received grants totaling a record-breaking $51,830. The grants went to classroom projects in each of the public school districts in Lakewood as well as St. Pancratius School and Bethany Lutheran School. See a video about this important organization.

LEF would like to fund even more Lakewood classroom improvement requests in 2017…and with your help, they can. Donating is easy. Just make out a separate check to the Lakewood Education Foundation and enclose it with the completed form below. Or print it here.

Clip form for mailing in a donation for LEF.

LEF is a non-profit agency run by Lakewood residents. An annual fireworks stand, Columbus Day golf tournament, and dozens of individual donations raise the annual support funding. The group is operated solely by volunteers and, therefore, has very low overhead costs. After very modest expenses, 100% of donations reach kids in Lakewood classrooms.

In 2015, many grants were for tablets that allow teachers to control slide presentations while they walk around their classrooms and interact with students, occupational therapy manipulatives for special needs students, graphing calculators, and a variety of classroom technology such as Apple TV and microphones.

General Information About LEF

The Lakewood Education Foundation (LEF) annually distributes dozens of grants to school teachers for classroom enhancements and other special projects that will directly benefit Lakewood students.

LEF was founded and is led by Lakewood Council Members Todd Rogers and Steve Croft with the support of Lakewood residents and volunteers. Grant funds are raised through donations from local individuals and businesses, as well as an annual fireworks stand and Columbus Day golf tournament. LEF’s low overhead costs mean that nearly 100% of donations reach kids in the classroom through the teacher grants.

Grant recipients included teachers from each of the four public school districts serving Lakewood, including ABC Unified, Bellflower Unified, Long Beach Unified and Paramount Unified, as well as local private schools.

Grants, usually for $500 each, will fund art supplies, unique field trips, iPads and Apple TVs that teachers can use in the classroom for the improved display of educational material. Grants also provide science and lab equipment, such as microscopes, books of all kinds and reading levels, and physical education supplies. In addition, “Elmo” document cameras are regularly provided to teachers. These valuable teaching tools allow educators to project textbooks, photographs and artwork for entire classes to view and are ideal for sharing cultural information in foreign language classrooms.

Local teachers are invited to submit grant applications for up to this amount. In their applications, teachers must demonstrate that the desired classroom improvement project will have a direct benefit to Lakewood students.

Supplemental funding from grants such as LEF’s plays an especially valuable role during tough economic times when many school districts have been faced with budget cuts and have had to reduce classroom supplies and teaching tools.

Since it started in 2003, LEF has awarded more than $310,000 in 817 grants to Lakewood school teachers to directly improve the education of Lakewood students.

Anyone interested in donating directly to the Lakewood Education Foundation is encouraged to call 562-496-3559 or visit

Lakewood History: School Formation Efforts excerpted from the "Lakewood Story" book.

Lakewood Schools Report Executive Summary, Oct. 2003