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 $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!

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

"Farm to School"

The PLSAS Child Nutrition Department recently received donations from the Laker Educational Foundation to purchase equipment that will provide more local fresh fruits and vegetables to students.  

The equipment is called Robot Coupe and is basically an industrial sized food processor.  Child Nutrition partners with Wozupi Gardens in Shakopee MN for organic local produce.  They now are able to process in large quantities in house and do not always have to rely on a vendor.  This allows them to give students fresher tasting fruits and vegetables that are also higher in nutrient content because they are not processed days in advance.  Students are enjoying the fresher taste!

Upcoming Events 
and Notices

Thank You!

Thank you for submitting your LEF grant requests.  The board has approved the all the grants that we can fund at this time.  Recipients will be notified this week and appropriate documentation will be provided.  Thank you to all who submitted grant applications.  It was tough!

Back by popular demand!

Gratitude Greetings and Teacher Tributes for 2017.

Information and forms located here...

Deadline May 31, 2017 at midnight!

Registration is now open for the 

Dan Patch 1-Mile Fun Run and 

the 5K PACE on 

June 24, 2017.  

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.

Sara Wintheiser from Speiker & Company in Prior Lake, presented a check to Lori Frank, President and Amy Weimerskirch, Vice-President of the Laker  Educational Foundation.  The proceeds were raised at the Fall Community Fest and a home football game.  The funds were part of a fishbowl game the employees of Speiker & Company put together and 100% of the proceeds were donated to LEF. 

We are very appreciative. 

Thank you!