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Innovation Grants


What is a classroom grant?

The Lehighton Education and Athletic Foundation (LEAF) encourages educators to create innovative and exciting educational programs for their students. Learning becomes easy when students enjoy the information which is being presented to them. Most students have favorite teachers, and they are usually the ones who help students think outside the classroom textbook. Students need exciting projects, upgraded technology, and better resources, which sometimes means going beyond the approved school budget. Through classroom grants, LEAF helps the students to achieve greater success through an innovative and exciting learning environment.

Teachers, principals, and school administrators may apply for grants that benefit individual classrooms or the entire school. The typical classroom grant ranges from $250 to $2000, but there is no limit on the Technology equipment, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Fine Arts, Literacy, and Social Studies.

Grants are available for grades K through 12 and could be used for:

  • Musical equipment
  • Field trips to educational destinations
  • Supplies for innovative projects
  • Literacy resources
  • Any other project deemed worthy by the selection committee

After a grant application is submitted, it is reviewed by the LEAF innovative grant committee. Applications are distributed to educators during November, and all applications for grants must be returned to the grant selection committee by January 18th. The grant committee makes the final selection, and the approved grants are awarded by February 1st.

Classroom grants are made possible through the following:

  • Fundraising conducted by LEAF
  • LASD teachers’ payroll deduction
  • LASD staff payroll deduction
  • LASD administration payroll deduction
  • Donations from local businesses and individuals

For more information about classroom grant contact: hd****@pt*.net (Chairman of the Innovative Grant Committee)

2019 Teacher Grant Awardees
Mrs. Lauren Cortright, Mr. Tim Sharrow, Mrs. Rachel Quinn, Mrs. Susie Cordes, Mrs. Jennifer Shober Steigerwalt, Mrs. Kelli Carpenter, Mrs. Courtney Schleicher, Ms. Olivia Haydt, Ms. Tavia Cardell, Mrs. Rachel Klotz, Ms. Kristen Zellner, Mr. Tom McCarroll, Mrs. Patti Ebbert, Mrs. Tiff Strausberger, and Mrs. Jessica Bench.

2018 Teacher Grant Awardees
Theresa Kokinda, Gretchen Laviolette, Erica Pagotto, Larry Markley, and Beth Yescavage.

2017 Grant to Students for FBLA National competition
Students Ryan Moerder, Matt Eckhart, and Mason Smith. FBLA Advisors Kevin Kotch and Trevor Miller.

2016 Teacher Grant Awardees
Melissa Volcskai, instructional coach; Angela Harris, K-4 Librarian; Lisa Steigerwalt, K-12 ESL teacher; Suzanne Cordes, district reading specialist; and Mark Maholick, middle school teacher.

Online Teacher Grant Application

Click here to complete the grant application online. No PDF downloads are necessary. Applications are due January 18!

Download Teacher Grant Form

Download, print, complete, and return the teacher grant form. Applications are due January 18!

Student Scholarships

LEAF Student Scholarships are presented to two senior boys and two senior girls each year who are in the top 40% of their class. The awards are based on service to community/school, a caring and giving attitude, as well as financial need. The amount of the award is determined annually.

Award: $1,250.00 per student

2020 Scholarship Awardees
Hannah Christman, Emma Schappell, Benjamin Schatz, and Logan Wentz

2019 Scholarship Awardees

Isabella Meckes, Jordon Cook, Mackenzie Sabatino, and Dakota Hiester

2017 Scholarship Awardees

Brandon Ruch, Morgan Yurasits, Zachary Zehner, and Rajah Quinones.

2016 Scholarship Awardees

Erik Skrincosky and Taya Edwards-Wentz.

Online Student Scholarship Application

Click to complete the student application process online. Applications are due February 25, 2023, by 3 p.m.!

Download Student Scholarship Form

Download, print, complete, and return the student scholarship form. Applications are due February 25, 2023, by 3 p.m.!