The Lakewood Education Foundation recently gave out its 2017 classroom improvement grants to Lakewood schools, and LEF was able to fulfill 114 requests, totaling $54,525. That’s a record-breaking year for LEF. The number one request this year for Lakewood classroom improvement grants 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, musical instruments, and classroom technology such as Apple TVs and iPads. Only 34 classroom requests could not be fulfilled because of a shortage of funds. “We want to extend a huge ‘thank-you’ to everyone who donated to LEF this past year,” said LEF President Todd Rogers and Vice President Steve Croft. “Your generosity of any amount over the past year really does make it to classrooms where it provides a positive boost to our kids’ education.” An annual fireworks stand, Columbus Day golf tournament, and hundreds of individual donations raise the annual support funding. After very modest expenses, 100% of donations reach kids in Lakewood classrooms. See a new video about LEF grants in action, including at an Artesia High School drama class at lakewoodcity.org/LEFvideo. Donating can be done year round at lakewoodcity.org/donateLEF.