Creativity, Innovation & Excellence

aker Educational Foundation

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The Laker Educational Foundation (L.E.F.) connects the resources of generous parents, staff, alumni, residents and community businesses, with educators and students of all ages to enrich opportunities and foster excellence within the ISD 719 school area.  Since 2005, L.E.F. has awarded over $310,000 to prepare our students and community for success in the 21st Century.  Read more about L.E.F.'s grants to our educators.

Put your money where your kids are!

Creating a Path to the Future
The Laker Educational Foundation will be embarking on a comprehensive planning process to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan based on our mission.  If interested in joining in this process, please contact us. Fill out the form located on this website.  Someone from the foundation will contact you.

Grant Spotlight

Peppa Pig and Snoopy are back from their adventure on the balloon. 

They reached a peak altitude of over 80,000 feet and ended up in Stanley Wisconsin!

This grant was LEF funded and awarded to HOMS  teachers Laura Kuchenmeister and Becky Stark.

For amazing trip photos:  

Video Link - 

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Comments from Becky Stark:

A HUGE thank you to the staff and administration at HOMS for their amazing support of this project and to the Laker Educational Foundation for their backing of the project! Our students did an outstanding job of calculating flight predictions, managing payloads and they will be analyzing flight data in the days ahead. We were able to fly a second balloon successfully today with operational cameras and flight computers for the entire flight! Here is a picture of Peppa in near space with a cloud covered Earth below. She was high enough to see the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space...yet remained calm for the entire flight.

The foundation recently received an update from a grant recipient.   The grant was approved for an outdoor garden.  The teacher and students purchased garden beds, dirt, plants and seeds.  They put in the garden beds in the spring.  4th graders planted items such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and strawberries.  

The students were very excited to have this garden.  They learned so much about gardening and planning over the year.  They researched hydroponics as an alternative idea to gardening.  Students felt empowered to try something new and create a garden for their school.

Thank you for the grant and letting their creativity shine!

The 2017 Deb Jondro award winners are Hidden Oaks Middle School Science teachers Laura Kuechenmeister and Becky Stark.  The award is given in memory of LEF board director Deb Jondro and given each year for the most innovative and creative grant submitted to the foundation.  In attendance to give out the award was Deb Jondro's daughter Keri and LEF Board President Lori Frank.  Congrats!!!!

(a clip from the event on this page)

Thanks to all who participated in the 

Dan Patch 1-Mile Fun Run and 

the 5K PACE on 

June 24, 2017.  It was a beautiful morning for a race.  Pictures are now available.

Finish Line Pictures Here

Upcoming Events 
and Notices

Active Seating/Flexible Learning Grant

We LOVE receiving thank you's from students.  

Check some out here!

Prior Lake Chamber Ice Golf Event Pictures:  Click here

It's not just for holiday's good throughout the year!

Laker Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce two new fundraising opportunities. The first is with Shutterfly, the leader in personalized photo products, offering a wide range of photo books, gifts, home décor collections, and unlimited FREE photo storage. The second is with Tiny Prints, the leader in personalized stationery, offering luxe designs from top stationery designers. For each purchase you make from either one of these brands, 13% will be donated to our organization.h 

How To Support Us:
  1. Go to our Storefront URL here –
  2. Click through to or and start shopping
  3. Make a purchase

That’s it, it is that easy AND you can still use any promo’s that are being advertised on the Shutterfly site.

Thank you to everyone that attended our Casino Night and to all those who bid on all of our fabulous silent auction items!  The evening was very successful and we have all of you to thank!

Stay tuned for future upcoming events!  We appreciate your support!

We especially thank our sponsors:  Link to sponsors

Click on the video below to see what a fun time everyone had that attended.

The Laker Educational Foundation was the recipient of a generous donation from the Prior Lake Rotary.  Our LEF President Lori Frank graciously accepted the donation at their membership meeting. Thank you Rotarians!

Shop at Amazon and Support LEF

If you shop at Amazon, you can help support the Laker Educational Foundation simply by shopping on Amazon through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazoncom, you'll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to LEF.