Thanks to all who helped make this a most successful event!
In spite of challenging weather that interrupted auditions and practices, this 2014 event was a wonderful success - among the very best. The talent displayed was awesome, the auction full of treasures and the house full for both performances. Watch for a link to photos coming very soon.
The annual Appreciation & Awards Reception and Performance was held on Saturday, November 30 at Apollo High School. This event is all about thanking some of the many in our community who have helped LEAF do what we do. Guests gathered to ahare company and stories, to introduce this years award winners, and finally to enjoy some excellent musical theatre - this year it was Spamalot. More
The Third Annual Learning Renaissance Food, Wine & Art Experience supporting the LEAF academic fund was held on October 13, at the Cafe Renaissance. Guests enjoyed food and wine featuring the flavors of France, Italy and the Mediterranean. The live art-experience auction, unique cork pull and generous contributrs raised money for the academic fund and other school programs. LEAF Executive Director Bruce Hentges and President Barclay Carriar present District 742 Superintendent Willie Jett and Assistant Superintendent Diane Moeller with the symbolic check for money raised through the Fund-in-Need effort at the Learning Renaissance event.
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 diverse projects including both elementary and secondary programs. Funds will help support academic projects, athletic teams, academic teams, music, theater and visual arts.
LEAF hosted area business leaders and district high school seniors at the annual Fall Kick-off Luncheon on August 13. This event brings attention not only to the new school year, but to our now annual Adopt a Classroom Project.
This year’s Keynote speaker was St Cloud Fire Chief Bill Mund, an Apollo High School alum who reminded several hundred attendees of the importance of mentors' influence on area students.