Through 30 years of hard work and determination, LEF has funded hundreds of grants, recognized thousands of teachers and assisted countless students in Lafayette Parish. The foundation continues to implement strategies that stimulate optimism and inspiration among educators, parents and children. Schools and teachers can offer their students unique learning opportunities through grant funding from LEF. Any teacher can be nominated for their exemplary work through the annual Teacher Awards ceremony held by LEF and sponsors. LEF develops supportive relationships between the private sector and the Lafayette Public School System. LEF’s services continue to grow as we stay committed to our mission and goals.
Lafayette Education Foundation promotes and supports excellence in education by:
- Developing supportive relationships between the private sector and the Lafayette Parish public school system.
- Providing private sector support through grant funding to launch creative education initiatives.
- Implementing strategies to stimulate optimism and inspiration among educators, parents and students.
- Encouraging and facilitating lifelong learning initiatives.
Originally established as a fund and eventually evolving into a foundation, LEF was intentionally designed to be self-perpetuating. Today, LEF has taken on a life of its own, having funded hundreds of grants that have touched thousands of children who have moved on into today’s work force. While our services have expanded, LEF has stayed focused and remained true to that original goal.
LEF has funded over $2 million in classroom grants since 1989, enhancing the learning experience for thousands of students. Through the annual Teacher Awards LEF has recognized over 5,000 educators, awarding $440,000 to outstanding educators. LEF also provides funding for a variety of literacy and social-emotional learning initiatives, connecting education to the real world.
We continue to partner with educators and the Lafayette community to explore ways to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s classrooms, ensuring that every child has the best chance possible for success.