LEF charity golf helps Lakewood kids

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Sign-ups for this year’s Lakewood Education Foundation (LEF) charity golf tournament are underway. Proceeds directly support classroom improvement projects at Lakewood schools. Thanks to generous donations from Lakewood residents and businesses, LEF has funded hundreds of improvements in Lakewood schools since 2003 through grants of up to $500.

However, 31 grant applications last year could not be funded because there weren’t enough donations to fulfill them and support would be very welcome this year. For information about the LEF golf tournament, to be held on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9 at the Lakewood Country Club, including sponsorship opportunities, call LEF at 562-496-3559 or 562-866-9771, extension 2408. The tournament brochure is online at lakewoodeducation.org. Golfing is not required to help LEF. Donations can be made directly, with checks made payabe to: the Lakewood Education Foundation and mailing it to LEF, c/o Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712. Donations are tax deductible.

It’s also easy to donate online at lakewoodcity.org/DonateLEF. In 2016, 111 Lakewood school projects received grants totaling $51,830. They went to classroom projects in schools across Lakewood. The top request last year was for extra books, proving that some teaching tools never go out of fashion. Following close behind were requests for science and lab equipment, educational field trips and classroom technology such as Apple TVs and iPads. LEF is a non-profit agency run by Lakewood residents. An annual fireworks stand, the golf tournament and dozens of individual donations raise the annual funding. The group is operated solely by volunteers and therefore has very low overhead costs. You can watch a video to learn more about LEF at lakewoodcity.org/LEFvideo.

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