ST. CLOUD -- As students head back to school this fall, area groups and businesses can “adopt a classroom”.

District 742’s Local Education and Activities Foundation, or LEAF, is working to connect classrooms to area businesses, groups, and individuals willing to help fund some of the unmet needs.

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From school supplies to sheet music and science experiments, LEAF says teachers often spend hundreds of dollars out of pocket to provide materials to students.

For a $250 tax-deductible donation, the adoptee will receive a certificate of adoption listing the room they’ve helped, plus all money raised will go to that classroom (Early Education, Elementary, Junior High, or Senior High). The adoptee can choose a classroom to support, or make a contribution and let LEAF decide the room.

In 2021, “adopt a classroom” raised more than $38,000 and helped 152 classrooms. Over the last 12 years of the program, LEAF has helped 994 classrooms with donations of more than $248,000.

For more information on the “adopt a classroom” program, and how to donate, click here.

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