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Advocating for Lawrence Public Schools

Dena Johnson, Executive Director of Lawrence Schools Foundation, shared an update on the Foundation’s numerous programs and activities. The Foundation provides resources that inspires learning, enriches teaching and enhances opportunities for students, educators and staff. These goals are addressed through an impressive number of grants, scholarships and programs throughout the district. Annual statistics reveals over 60,000 dollars awarded to graduating seniors, 27,000 dollars for innovative projects and 20,000 dollars awarded to teacher and staff for excellent performance. Some 1,500 back packs and sets of school supplies were distributed, free and reduced price meals were provided and the ICAN Program made awards for urgent and immediate needs of students and families.

The Foundation works with numerous business partners and other donors and serves as a an advocacy voice for the schools of Lawrence. Local Rotarians participated in a back to school shoe drive and a snack drive. Special fund raising events include the Community Education Breakfast in September and a district wide talent show at the Lied Center in February. Johnson reported 521,105 dollars were raised from 2018-2023 to support the work of the Foundation.