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 $292,000 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!
Kristi Nichols named LEF's new Development Director
The Laker Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kristi Nichols as the new development director for the foundation. She has worked in philanthropy nearly 15 years, working for Corporate foundations. Her experience included managing a corporate giving program that included strategic planning, grant making, internal and external communications, and employee engagement efforts.
Kristi is actively involved in the community at organizations including the Corporate Volunteerism Council-Twin Cities, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Grant Managers Network, Leadership Twin Cities, and the Minnesota Keystone Program. Kristi earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Film from Augsburg College.
Kristi and her husband, Jeremie, live in Prior Lake. They have two daughters, one of which is attending Jeffers Pond elementary school.
Please join us in welcoming her!
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.
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.
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 will be posted on our event page when available.
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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)
To encourage creativity, innovation and excellence by raising, managing and allocating financial resources to enhance learning for all who reside in, or are served by the ISD 719 community.
The Foundation is located in Prior Lake and Savage, and its mailing address is P.O. Box 840, Prior Lake, MN 55372. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity under the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax deductible, subject to limitations in applicable law. No goods or services are provided to any donor in exchange for contributions. Unless otherwise specified, contributions to the Foundation will be used for its general charitable purposes and endowment. This disclosure is made under Minn. Stat. 309.556.