Lakewood Education Foundation
Lakewood teachers are invited to apply for classroom grants up to $500. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. For details on how to apply, see www.lakewoodcity.org/LEFGrantLetter.
Due to COVID-19, the Lakewood Education Foundation was not able to hold the traditional Golf Tournament that provides much of the funding needed for grants to Lakewood teachers that enhance classroom activities and do not supplant district funding. As a result, funds are limited this year, but LEF is committed to doing all it can to help.
What is LEF?
The Lakewood Education Foundation, known as LEF, is a non-profit agency run by Lakewood residents.
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.
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.
What type of projects does LEF fund?
Grant recipients include 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. In recent years, the most popular request for classroom grants were for extra books, proving that some teaching tools never go out of fashion.
Local teachers are invited to submit grant applications for up to $500. In their applications, teachers must demonstrate that the desired classroom improvement project will have a direct benefit to Lakewood students.
How can I help?
LEF would like to fund even more Lakewood classroom improvement requests in the coming year…and with your help, they can. Donating is easy. Click here to make an online donation to the Lakewood Education Foundation.
Or, make out a check payable to the Lakewood Education Foundation and enclose it with a completed copy of the form below.
Anyone interested in donating directly to the Lakewood Education Foundation is encouraged to call 562-496-3559 or visit www.lakewoodeducation.org.
Lakewood History: School Formation Efforts excerpted from the "Lakewood Story" book.