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    LEF's mission to promote and support excellence in education is accomplished through several programs. These include a Grants program for Lafayette Parish Public Schools, LEF Teacher Awards, and Lifelong Learning Initiative.

    Grants One of LEF's primary tools to promote excellence in education is by facilitating the Grants Program. This program is an extremely effective method of putting academic dollars directly into the classroom. Individual teachers are able to apply and receive Classroom Grants of up to $1,000. School Impact Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded for large scale projects involving an entire school, grade level or curriculum. By awarding grants directly to teachers, LEF encourages educators to create innovative and exceptional classroom strategies for learning.

    Model Grants Model Grants are those which have already been successfully implemented in classrooms and can be duplicated to benefit other students throughout the parish. A simple application process prevents the educator from having to "reinvent the wheel," and fosters the sharing of best practices. The first Model Grant, "Matching Struggling Readers with Books that Fit" was implemented in 2007, and is designed to help increase the percentage of students reading on or above grade level by third grade.

    Teacher Awards Each year community individuals, students and parents (past or present) have the opportunity to submit a nomination for a special teacher. All nominees are acknowledged at an "Academy Awards" style gala.

    The Leader In Me Based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me process helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century. The Leader in Me is integrated into a school's core curriculum and everyday language so that it isn't "one more thing" teachers and administrators have to do. It becomes part of the culture, gaining momentum and producing improved results year after year. In 2010, LEF helped launch TLIM at Plantation Elementary School, which was the first school in Lafayette Parish to begin the process. From 2011-2014, LEF also assisted J. Wallace James Elementary, Judice Middle, Ernest Gallet Elementary and Youngsville Middle with funding for TLIM. LEF is not currently funding TLIM, but takes great pride in the role the organization played in helping this outstanding process take off in Lafayette Parish and the surrounding areas.