About LEAF


The Foundation

Established in 2000 to benefit the students of Lamar CISD, this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes local business, industry, and community leaders. The Foundation will provide funds beyond the normal operating budget for educational programs and activities for students and staff.


Mission Statement

The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to securing and distributing resources to the students, staff and campuses of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District that will supplement, enhance and enrich the quality of education.
Foundation Goals
The foundation supports and provides unique resources and innovative teaching ideas.

  • Supporting Fine Arts, including instruments and field trips
  • Providing funding for innovative math instruction
  • Funding reading programs
  • Establishing outdoor classrooms

encourages ALL students and employees to work to their highest potential.

  • Awarding scholarships to students majoring in education
  • Giving scholarships to LCISD employees working on teaching certificates

…inspired parents and community participation.

  • Men Who Cook
  • Surf’s Up, School’s Out
  • General donations
  • Planned giving
  • Honorarium/memorials
  • Designated giving
  • Employer matching funds

Financial Snapshot
Who decides how the money is spent?
The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation Board of Directors has final approval of grant awards as recommended by the Grant Committee. This committee is responsible for the review of proposals for projects and programs that will improve and  enhance classroom education. Since its inception, L.E.A.F. has awarded nearly $3.3 million dollars to LCISD teachers and schools.

Where does the money go?
Several grant proposals are submitted to L.E.A.F. each year. Proposals received by the Foundation undergo an extensive review process. The number of grants awarded depends upon the amount of money raised through the Foundation’s annual fundraising events.