Creativity, Innovation & Excellence

Laker 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.

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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

Fly More Combo Drones Grant

From Rachel Olmanson:

Thank you, Laker Educational Foundation, for the Fly More Combo DJI Mavic Pro Drone grant. The students and I are excited to start fully using the drone at the beginning of the 18-19 school year. 

After receiving this grant, I have learned so much about drones. Because, to me, it doesn’t seem like too many schools are using drones currently, I have been learning as I go and learning about many things I need to know and learn before flying the drone with students. To keep all the resources together that I have discovered and to share what I have learned, I created a website that I hope might be of some benefit to other educators who might be interested in incorporating drone use in their classrooms. 

We purchased the grant items and are now actively learning how to get started. (I didn’t realize how much there was to learn so we are taking it step-by-step to make sure it is done right.) The first step I took was to have Logan, from Maverick Drone Systems in Savage, come to school and talk to our fifth graders about drones. He showed the students a couple different types of drones, flew a drone for the students to see, and answered student questions about drones. Logan shared some ways that drones are being used in the world today. Students were able to see, on the control panel, an aerial view of the school as the drone flew overhead. (We don’t have drone pictures to share from his visit; we will take our own pictures later.) Students were very excited and had lots of questions. We will try to discover answers to some of those questions at the start of the school year as they will put the drone we purchased into use.

For now, these are just some of the ways I intend to use it:

1.     I plan to teach students about careers related to drones.

2.     Students will learn about the operation of the drone and legal requirements for drone use.

3.     We will discuss current social issues regarding drone use and how drones are currently being used to help people. 

4.     Students will learn about drone photography and videography.

5.     I plan to have students create art lessons in which the drone will be used to see the big picture. One project I plan to do is incorporate art and math in gridding a subject on the sidewalk using sidewalk chalk and then using the drone to see the completed image.


I am excited to start the year. I cannot wait to teach my students about drones next year. They are as excited as I am to get outside and use the drone.

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Upcoming Events 
and Notices

Coming Soon!!!

LEF's 2019 Grant Kick-off

Stay Tuned for Details and Links

An exciting and innovative rebrand is taking place at The Laker Educational Foundation! Stay tuned for updates and details at our Facebook Business Page! Please note that the Casino Night originally scheduled for November 3 will be rescheduled as we work to refine our strategic plan to better serve our community.

Details on our website under Scholarships!  Click here

The 2018 Deb Jondro Award Recipient

was Rachel Olmanson, art teacher at St. Michael School.  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.  Rachel's grant was the "Fly More Combo Drones".  Congrats!!!!

We have since learned that Rachel has been selected as a DART Drones- Women in Drones scholarship winner.  She will be participating in the Basic Flight Training Course and the Test Prep in-person course in mid-July.  She is excited to bring the newly learned skills back to the classroom and so are we!  Keep us posted Rachel!

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.