LAMAR CONSOLIDATED ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) - The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation recently received Johnson Development’s donation of $17,000 that will benefit hundreds of students who attend schools in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.
The grants, awarded by the Johnson Development communities of Veranda and Jordan Ranch, will provide teachers will additional classroom resources.
“L.E.A.F. is honored that Veranda and Jordan Ranch will provide funding for grants to teachers and schools within their communities,” said Janice Knight, L.E.A.F. executive director. “These grants, which support innovative academic projects, will be funded in the name of each community and will impact seven campuses.”
The schools benefitting are Hutchinson Elementary, Lindsey Elementary, Lamar Junior High, Leaman Junior High, Wessendorf Middle School, Fulshear High School and Lamar Consolidated High School.
“The idea of ‘community’ is essential to what we are trying to do here in Veranda and the quality of schools is very important to that effort,” says Trey Reichert, vice president and general manager of Veranda. “The programs, field trips, scholarships and more funded through L.E.A.F. are building a better community for Veranda and the region. We’re happy to support that cause.”
The funds are generated through foundation fees, which is a percentage of a home’s sale price that is collected each time a home sells or is resold in every one of Johnson Development’s communities. The reserve funds create a unique revenue stream that can fund projects to enhance a community’s infrastructure or to benefit outside organizations that directly impact a community.
“Schools are one of the key factors in why a family chooses one community over another, so it’s an easy choice to support organizations such as L.E.A.F., which brings so much to the students and staff at Lamar CISD schools,” says Steve Sams, General Manager of Jordan Ranch.
An appointed group of residents from each Johnson Development community comprise the “Your Community Foundation Committee” and works with their homeowners associations to review grant requests.
“One of the priorities of the YCFC is education, and through this most recent donation, we are not only benefitting our residents but the greater community,” Sams said.
Founded in 2000, L.E.A.F. has awarded nearly $4 million to campuses in Lamar CISD to underwrite educational projects. This year’s grants will be awarded in November. For more information, visit www.leafgrants.org.