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LEEF Celebrates Over 1 Million in Grants Awarded

Source:  ABC News
Author:  Jay Therrien
Published:  March 17, 2015

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — The Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation, known as LEEF, awarded teachers and district administrators with $97,298 Thursday afternoon October 2, 2014.

LEEF was started in 2001, and since then, the volunteer-based organization has raised over $1 million in grants for Longmeadow Public Schools.

This year’s 39 grants — which total just under $100,000 — will help enable Longmeadow Public Schools to fulfill educational needs not covered by the school budget. For instance, one fifth grade class will be able to put on a full newscast once a week.

“We have anchors, and reporters, and videographers, and editors,” explains 5th grade teacher, Laura Giogglio. “And, we needed a computer, to do all of our editing and producing.” 

LEEF’s executive board meets throughout the year to come up with new fundraising efforts.

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