Mary Dank displays the $2,000 check that LEAF received from CNESI for winning the 2014 Innovation Award. Pictured from left to right are: Bruce Hentges, LEAF executive director; Mary Dank, retired teacher and creator of the PAKRAT program; Sara Martini, PAKRAT district coordinator; and Barclay Carriar, LEAF Board President.
LEAF Receives Innovation Award
The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation received the 2014 Innovation Award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Innovation (CNESI) at a ceremony this morning. CNESI defines innovation as "A novel solution to a social problem this is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just, than existing solutions for for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals".
LEAF won the award for the PAKRAT program, an innovative child literacy and parent involvement program which LEAF has been supporting for the past three years. With LEAF's support, PAKRAT has been expanded to all K-3 elementary schools in District 742. Recently it was expanded to all preschool programs. With help from a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, LEAF is now able to include PAKRAT books in all three St. Cloud Boys & Girls Clubs to provide an opportunity for students who don't go home after school or who don't have a caregiver at home that can read with them. The grant also provides an expansion of the PAKRAT libraries in all District elementary schools and provides funding for the summer Read and Roll Program in the Talahi attendance area.
LEAF is honored to receive this recognition from CNESI. A special Thanks goes to Mary Dank, retired Talahi teacher who brought the PAKRAT idea to St. Cloud, Sara Martini who serves as our PAKRAT district coordinator and the LEAF Board for providing ongoing support for the literacy goal of all students reading at grade-level by grade 3.
A Learning Renaissance
Supporting Science & Music in District 742Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 16th! This year's event will be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy food and wine tastings featuring the flavors of France, Italy and the Mediterranean, a live auction including pottery from Master Potter, Richard Bresnahan, a fund-a-need auction focusing on the music and science programs in District 742 and more! Learn more.
Each year, LEAF awards supplemental funding to academic, activities, arts and athletic programming. Teachers, coaches and advisers submit grant applications for special projects twice during the academic year. Grants awarded this spring included funds for projects including both elementary and secondary programs. Funds will help support academic projects, athletic teams, academic teams, music, theater and visual arts.
Adopt A Classroom
Each year, families and teachers spend hundreds of dollars on needed classroom supplies. The Adopt A Classroom project provides businesses and individuals the opportunity to make a difference in our community schools. For only $250, you can adopt a classroom and help lessen this financial burden.
Share Your Success Story
We enjoy featuring our many 742 alums when we talk about how support for enriched academic programs, various extracurricular activities and opportunities to explore ideas and dreams can help people set courses for their lives. We know there are many stories, and by sharing yours you may help encourage others – to take important steps and/or support programs that make a difference. This year we are spotlighting those in professions relating to science, technology and music. But all stories are significant.
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