Who We Are
LEIF is a private, third party, non-profit corporation dedicated to using community resources to achieve excellence in Lowndes County Schools. The foundation's efforts are concentrated on improving all classroom performance, improving administrative performance, increasing the quality and quantity of parent participation, and recognition of excellent performance by staff, students, and parents.
LEIF's goal is to aid our public school system by utilizing tax-deductible funds to provide improved educational opportunities for the students and teachers of the Lowndes County School System.
Our goals focus on:
Broadening support constituency for Lowndes County Schools,
Improving communication between Lowndes County Schools and public,
Breaking down isolation of schools from the community,
Building public confidence in schools,
Catalyzing initiative for school improvement, and
Leveraging community resources on behalf of LCS.
Our efforts and goals are implemented through the programs that we not only fund but also facilitate. These programs are:
Teacher Incentive Grants - provide teachers with resources to explore new teaching techniques and develop creative classroom projects to enhance student learning. Grants average about $10,000 a year to classroom teachers.
LEIF Annual Banquet – A time to recognize Lowndes County Schools Distinguished Alumnus, as well as outstanding students, award-winning teachers, and supportive parents.
LEIF Managed Scholarships – These are awarded to high performing high school seniors. There are currently 10 scholarships available.
Special Projects - These provide opportunities for additional service to the school district. Examples are partnerships with other community groups, such as other school foundations, businesses, and civic organizations.
These programs could not be possible without funds and support of the community. LEIF seeks and accepts gifts of cash and negotiable securities, real property, deferred gifts (estate, insurance), and in-kind services.
LEIF Awards $18,000 in
2017 Teacher Incentive Grants
We are proud to announce the LEIF Teacher Incentive Grant Committee selected 34 applicants to receive a total of $18,000 in Teacher Incentive Grants!! Some grant requests are fully funded and others partially funded. The grant checks were presented to each winner at the August 1 back to school Convocation.
Teachers of the Year
Attend Ron Clark Academy
The Lowndes County Teachers of the Year spent a day at the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) located in Atlanta, GA. Energy, enthusiasm, engaging, excitement - these are just a few words to describe the educational climate at the Ron Clark Academy!
LEIF Names 2018
Lowndes Distinguished Alumnus
Mr. Owen Clemons will be honored as the 2018 Lowndes Distinguished Alumnus at the Annual LEIF Awards Banquet on April 19, 2018. Mr. Clemons is a 1975 graduate of Lowndes High School.
LEIF Awards $20,000 in
2018 Teacher Incentive Grants
We are proud to announce the LEIF Teacher Incentive Grant Committee selected 34 applicants to receive a total of $20,000 in Teacher Incentive Grants!! Some grant requests are fully funded and others partially funded. The grant checks were presented to each winner at the August 1 back to school Convocation.
Wayne and Elaine Ricks Scholarship
LEIF Board of Directors member Wayne Ricks and his wife, Elaine, established this scholarship as a result of seeing positive effects of other LEIF programs in the lives of Lowndes County students. The Ricks are particularly interested in assistance to deserving members of the Georgia Bridgemen in their pursuit of post secondary education. The scholarship is for $500 and is to be awarded annually to a Lowndes High School senior who is a Georgia Bridgemen and wishes to be involved in a college music program, but not necessarily as a music major. Character, merit, and need will be the basis for the award. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen and must attend college in the U.S. during the duration of the scholarship year.
James and Katrina Hargrett
The James and Katrina Hargrett was established by the Hargrett siblings who attended the Lowndes County School System. This scholarship of $500 will be based on academic performance, independent of need. The preferred recipient of this scholarship will be a senior at Lowndes High School planning to attend college in the state of Georgia. Students showing strong character, leadership qualities, academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service will receive top consideration.
Clemons Memorial Scholarship
The Clemons Memorial Scholarship is an annual award given to a Lowndes High School senior, in the amount of $500. The applicant must be pursuing a postsecondary degree and majoring in the field of education at an institution in the state of Georgia. Character, leadership, financial need and merit will be the basis for the award. The recipient(s) must be a legal citizen of the United States.