Loudoun Education Foundation

Loudoun Education Foundation


At Graduation Source we know students are greatly affected and we want to share students stories regarding graduation and the quarantine. If you can share, it would be great!

Team Shapiro and Duncan, Inc. had a great time on the course today! Thanks to LEF for an amazing day!

Loudoun Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging our community to inv

The Loudoun Education Foundation focuses on making connections with individuals, organizations and local businesses interested in supporting educational programs within Loudoun County Public Schools and identying the programs that need funding. The focus is on identifying and supporting programs that will enhance the educational experience our children receive during their time in our schools and

Operating as usual

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 08/25/2023

Looking to start the school year strong? LEF needs sponsors for its Annual Charity Golf Classic, held at on Oct 2!

Sponsorships range $500-$10,000, are tax-deductible, and showcase your organization's commitment to education in front of hundreds of peer businesses and potential clients.

To register and sponsor our largest fundraiser of the year, on one of Virginia's finest golf courses 👇 https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/events/



We’re dancing our way into the new school year at Loudoun County Public Schools, celebrating the new rebranding of our weekend meals program and so much more.

Send us your back to school dance 👇


We have a fresh Fueled partnership alert! 🥗⚡️

We are thrilled to share that we will be partnering with the Bainum Family Foundation Farm to provide fresh produce to a few of our in-school pantries during the 2023-24
Loudoun County Public Schools year.

Lack of access to fresh food is just one of many barriers we are committed to addressing in our mission to help every LCPS student reach their full potential 🙌


It's that time of year again! 🚀 Loudoun County Public Schools educators are invited to APPLY TODAY for LEF's Innovation in Education grants!

Here's some inspiration from past winners, and how these grants can be leveraged to help students dream big 👇

APPLY: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/innovation


It's back-to-school season and Loudoun United FC is a terrific partner in kicking food insecurity out of our community!

This Saturday, you can:
🏟️ Watch the hometown team end the summer strong
🍎 Help Loudoun County Public Schools students focus on learning
🎫 Earn a ticket to another home game


Fueled: Backpack Coalition Sparks Changes with New Name 08/14/2023

Big news! 🍎 Known for the past 10 years as Backpack Coalition, the Loudoun Education Foundation's student food security program is now called Fueled ⚡️

With a new name, new look, and same student-focused mission, Fueled is a compassionate food security program that provides meals to more than 1,000 students each week.

Fueled serves students both through meal bags and in-school pantries, delivering to more than 35 public schools throughout Loudoun County.

Learn more: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/post/fueled-backpack-coalition-sparks-changes-with-new-name

Fueled: Backpack Coalition Sparks Changes with New Name The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) is rebranding its student food security program. Known since its inception 10 years ago as Backpack Coalition, Loudoun County’s weekend meals program is now called Fueled. With a new name, new look, and same student-focused mission, Fueled is a compassionate ...


This is what community leadership looks like! 🙌

In support of its Pack the 'Pack initiative, BCT-The Community's Bank partnered with LEF to fund the Backpack Coalition program, designed to feed students with food insecurity.

Throughout the school year, this program offers food, snacks and hygiene items to more than 1,000 families in Loudoun County, ensuring that they can focus on their studies instead of basic needs.

This video, featuring our friend Principal Nick Cottone from Seneca Ridge Middle School, discusses the need at just one Loudoun County Public Schools location!

Between now and the end of August, you can donate to feed Loudoun students on BCT's website, or at any bank branch location: https://www.mybct.bank/about/bctcares/


Big news coming next week ⚡️

Tell us what you think it is and stay plugged in for the big reveal!


Meet Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, who serves as an officer on LEF's Board of Trustees!

SU welcomes hundreds of students from Loudoun County each year who go on to become experts in their profession.

The video below explains Tracy's commitment to Loudoun County Public Schools.


🍕Pizza = ratios
🏈Sports = geometry
🖌️Games = stats

“They are realizing that math is everywhere. It informs every career path.”

BEAM Summer Math Discovery was a huge success in its first two years! Hear from Adi, who never knew chalk art was math, or that math could be fun.

This innovative program would not be possible without the visionary support of The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and our other generous donors!


We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Jane O’Connor as the inaugural Loudoun County Public Schools Health and Medical Sciences Resource Teacher for the school division. Dr. O’Connor taught Biology and Chemistry at Tuscarora High School during the 2022-2023 school year.

Originally from New Jersey, she completed her undergraduate, post-graduate, and medical school education at The Johns Hopkins University, Rowan University, and the American International Medical University, respectively. Following graduation from medical school, she pursued surgery: training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Providence Hospital, then Orthopedic Surgery at Howard University Hospital.

While at Providence Hospital, she founded a formal research fellowship program for plastic surgery focusing on surgical wound healing and management. At Howard University Hospital, she developed another formal research fellowship. She was the academic research coordinator for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Howard University College of Medicine.

Dr. O’Connor looks forward to the future and the opportunities the Health and Medical Sciences Academy will provide our LCPS students.

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Loudoun has a local rooting interest in the Women's World Cup, as Stone Bridge High School grad Emily Fox represents U.S. Soccer - and just advanced to the elimination rounds! ⚽️

Emily's mom, Ms. Leslie Fox, is a Library Assistant at Discovery Elementary School in Ashburn 📚

Read her story, including graduating early but making it back from travel for senior prom:

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The snacks are piling up! Thank you to the amazing team and member organizations at Leesburg Junction for collecting snacks in support of LEF's Backpack Coalition!

There's still one week left to donate there, AND you can also host your own drive with our flyer below 🙏👇

Download flyer:https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/_files/ugd/c0cf10_d83e7ba7ae9746f3a7f042dd623b48f7.pdf

Loudoun Schools to Launch Health Medical Sciences Academy 07/28/2023

It's official: Loudoun County Public Schools will launch a new Health Medical Sciences Academy, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year! ⚕️🧬

The future HAMSci Academy is designed to expand learning opportunities for students in health science literacy through a curriculum that develops critical thinking skills.

Learn more: https://www.loudounnow.com/news/loudoun-schools-to-launch-health-medical-sciences-academy/article_56bcaf14-0c5f-11ee-bab6-1f76eb2b4d54.html

Loudoun Schools to Launch Health Medical Sciences Academy The School Board on June 13 voted in favor of a Health and Medical Sciences Academy proposal, but the program’s details are still to be determined.

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 07/26/2023

The LEF and Loudoun County Public Schools teams recently toured Athari Bio, a biotech company in Sterling 🔬

Athari Founder and CEO Susan Mitchell serves on LEF’s Board of Trustees and is committed to advancing scientific research and providing young people with equitable access to specialized academic programs that result in high-paying, fulfilling career paths 🧬

Way to go, Susan!

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 07/24/2023

Our team was killin’ it at the annual LEF staff retreat last week! 😎

After another great school year, this retreat focused on:
🗺️ strategy and long-term planning
🙌 team building to beat the Morven Park escape room time
🏞️ a relaxing float down the Shenandoah River!


Cool cars + Education fundraiser = the perfect sponsorship opportunity! 🏎️

The 35th Annual Leesburg Car Show is right around the corner, with Academies of Loudoun students hosting and benefiting from the scholarships!

Learn more about participating, sponsoring and attending here: https://www.lcps.org/carshow


The Amazon Web Services Think Big Space is hosting middle and high school computer science teachers this week for a Python Coding Bootcamp!

The space at Simpson Middle School is a training hub for educators to learn teaching methods for their computer science students.

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 07/17/2023

One of the best parts of the LEF Annual Golf Classic (10/2 Creighton Farms) is that you don't even have to golf to score!

Drawing takes place at the classic and you need not be present to win.

As little as a $100 donation gives you a chance to win one of these amazing prizes👇

⛳️ Two U.S. Open Trophy Club Ticket Packages
Pinehurst, NC | June 10-16, 2024 | $4,000 value

🏖️ Six-Night Stay at a Beautiful Six-Bedroom Lake Estate
Deep Creek Lake, MD | Based on availability; stay by Oct. 2024; no holiday bookings | $6,000+ value

🏒 Four VIP Washington Washington Capitals Tickets
Seats near the ice include food, beverage, and parking | $2,000+ value

🍷 Half-case of Amlés Napa Valley Wine, $1,500 value

For more information and to make your donation, please visit: https://events.golfstatus.com/event/1dc9f6a0-7003-4332-b201-70d481840a09/details/registration-details


⛳ At the LEF Golf Classic, we can create a "hole in one" experience for every Loudoun County Public Schools student and educator, providing the support and resources they need to reach extraordinary heights 🚀

✨ Help us create more 'hole in one' moments on the educational fairways of life. Together, we can empower students to achieve greatness, one swing at a time. 🎓

Register and sponsor today: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/events/ -classic

Snack Fundraiser Underway to Benefit Loudoun Schools 07/12/2023

We reached out to the principals at the 30 Loudoun County Public Schools served by our Backpack Coalition.

We learned the biggest need to enhance learning was snacks 🍎

Next time you buy snacks, please throw in an extra box or two for students! Via Loudoun Now:

Snack Fundraiser Underway to Benefit Loudoun Schools Summer break for some means no school, less busy routines, vacations, and long days at the pool. For others, it also means gearing up for the new school year with


Marga is ready to take on the world. She has been since Day 1 🌎

Max is, really and truly, going to be someone's CEO. He's ready for it 🤝

Every LCPS student has a future with boundless possibilities. We're here to help them along the way.

Here's to the Class of 2034, our leaders of the future! 🚀

(🎥: Loudoun County Public Schools)


We're so excited Summer Math Discovery at Loudoun County Public Schools is back for its second year! ♾️

🚀 This program is a true community lift, giving last year's inaugural class a chance to get ahead in math, and opening the door for a whole new class of students to get excited about math for the first time!

Learn more:


"The mobile health clinic helps break down barriers and provide improved access to our students and families. ⚕️🚍

"Our hope is that each student and their family members will find a permanent medical home." 🩺

The newly commissioned Loudoun County Public Schools Mobile Health Clinic rolls on, with stops this week at Guilford Elementary School: https://www.loudounnow.com/news/education/inova-loudoun-schools-gw-nursing-open-mobile-health-clinic/article_e3fac3c6-11f9-11ee-96ae-533204a4658e.html

Loudoun Ranked 5th Best School District in Virginia 06/30/2023

As we cruise through the last day of the fiscal year, it's time to celebrate! 🎉

According to new rankings from Niche, Loudoun County Public Schools has 83k students and 12k educators, making it the largest school system in Virginia's Top 5!

Here's why: https://www.loudounnow.com/news/loudoun-ranked-5th-best-school-district-in-virginia/article_19d62162-eb6b-11ed-ae0d-c740e47fe276.html

Loudoun Ranked 5th Best School District in Virginia Loudoun County Public Schools is ranked fifth best public school district in Virginia, according to Niche, a web-based ranking and review service.


We ❤️ our amazing volunteers!

This year, the team at Apple Federal Credit Union stepped up in a major way to help fuel LEF's Backpack Coalition, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with their support.

"Apple FCU is a proud LEF partner,” Apple FCU Community Engagement Officer Katie Knight said. “Since 2022, Apple FCU employees have contributed over 80 hours volunteering at the LEF's Backpack Coalition, and each of our team members has a personal reason why.”

Here are a few of their stories 🎥


We asked Loudoun County Public Schools administrators what supplies students need most to encourage learning in the new school year 🤔

The answer might surprise you... 🥁 ...it's snacks!

Help stock LEF’s in-school pantries with healthy snacks that fuel student learning.

Download and print the Snack Drive flyer to make collecting from your business, church, neighborhood or other organization easy:https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/_files/ugd/c0cf10_d83e7ba7ae9746f3a7f042dd623b48f7.pdf

We happily pick up donated food, then get it to the schools that need it most.

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 06/23/2023

Huge milestone alert! 🩺

Loudoun County Public Schools students in Sterling can now receive physicals and other basic medical care right in their school parking lot.

This is made possible through a state grant and generous partners at Inova Health System Loudoun and The George Washington University.

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 06/21/2023

100WomenStrong of Loudoun County, Virginia is an illustration of the incredible generosity of our community. Thank you for awarding LEF with $10k to support our Backpack Coalition! 🙌

With this grant, we can sustain and expand our in-school pantries, ensuring that no student goes hungry 🎒🍎

To learn more about LEF's Backpack Coalition, and how you can donate, volunteer and host snack and hygiene drives, please visit: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/backpack-coalition

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties Loudoun County Public Schools


⛳️ Let's drive success together and empower Loudoun County Public Schools students to reach new heights!

🗓️: Oct. 2, 2023 at Creighton Farms

With every swing, LEF is raising funds for scholarships and innovative programs that create fairways for educational opportunities 🏆

Grab your clubs, gather your team, and get ready to make an impact. Together, we can unlock the par of potential and create brighter tomorrows! 🌤️

Check out the foursome, individual and sponsorship opportunities here: https://events.golfstatus.com/event/1dc9f6a0-7003-4332-b201-70d481840a09/details/registration-details


LEF loves building bridges between our schools and community 🌁

Today we partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools Community Connections team to host 150+ Loudoun first-responders as a huge thank you for all that they do!

Big thanks to the Loudoun First Responders Foundation for sponsoring this special event, and Renée Dawson and her team for collaborating!

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Leesburg Police Department Purcellville, Virginia Loudoun County Fire and Rescue


Tickets remain for tonight’s Loudoun United FC game and Hygiene Drive, in support of LEF’s Backpack Coalition — will we see you there?

Special thanks to our friends at Apple Federal Credit Union who will donate $10 to LEF for every game attendee that signs up for an Apple FCU membership!


Happy Last Day of Loudoun County Public Schools before Summer Break - let’s use it as a chance to learn!

➡️ Join us Friday for the Backpack Coalition Hygiene Drive with Loudoun United FC ⚽️🪥

➡️ Follow the success of our Summer Math Discovery students ♾️💡

➡️ Tell us your summer break goals! 🙌

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 06/07/2023

Thanks to YOU, students at 44 Loudoun County Public Schools schools received 34,215 meals this school year, through LEF's Backpack Coalition program.

This was a huge increase in need, and you stepped up to help them focus on their studies.

Thanks for helping our students dream big!

To learn more about LEF's Backpack Coalition, including ways you can support its food and hygiene drive initiatives, please visit: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/backpack-coalition


Loudoun Education Foundation + Loudoun United FC celebrate the end of the school year this Friday! 🙌

Did you know that essential hygiene items can make the difference for a student to feel comfortable and confident enough to go to school? That's why hygiene items are part of our Backpack Coalition school pantries!

Please bring a hygiene item to donate before Friday's game and receive BOGO tickets to a future match - AND have the satisfaction of helping keep students focused on learning!

See you at Segra ⚽️🪥


It’s not too late! Order up for take out or eat in. Mention spirit night for LEF. Thank you SOLO NY PIZZA! (And shout out to my Solo best friend who knew it was my order from the onion rings I love!)


Today is the day! ⏰

If you're craving pizza for dinner and want to support Loudoun students in achieving their dreams, celebrate Spirit Night at SOLO NY PIZZA where 15% of sales will help support LEF's Backpack Coalition!

Better still - post your pizza pics and tag us + Solo NY Pizza - we'd love to share your story!

See you tonight! 🍕 = 🎓

Photos from Loudoun Education Foundation's post 05/26/2023

Congratulations to Ramona Henriquez, a kindergarten teaching assistant at Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary, and the winner of our Loudoun County Public Schools' Year of the Educator spotlight for May!

Each month this school year, LEF has surprised a randomly selected educator with a gift valued at $500 or more.

Thank you to those who donated gifts and funds to help make the Year of the Educator a success!

Those interested in donating items or funds to support the program next year should DM us.

Other Year of the Educator prize winners this school year were:
Veronica Coates, School Nutrition Lead at Woodgrove High;
Travis Mirabella, Math Teacher at Willard Middle;
- Holly Myers, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Blue Ridge Middle;
- Blanca Reyes, Custodian at Dominion High;
- Michelle Robles, Special Education Teacher at Forest Grove Elementary;
- Michael Shenkman, Social and Global Sciences Teacher at Briar Woods High;
- Meghan Smith, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Ashburn Elementary;
- Amy Trickett, English Teacher at Lightridge High.

Anyone interested in donating items or funds to support the program next year can DM us!


"Everybody has a story, and there’s always all sorts of things you don’t know about people."

These are the words of Ms. Amy Ivory, a Librarian at Lightridge High School, and the inspired educator behind the new "Lightridge Living Book," a podcast funded through LEF's Innovation in Education Grants!

Learn More: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/innovation

LEF offers Innovation in Education grants in the spring and fall as a way to cover or defray the cost of bringing new ideas to the Loudoun County Public Schools learning environment.

Lightridge Senior Nicolas Parra tested and approved the podcast equipment, saying: “The quality of the equipment was amazing. The microphone and headset settings were simple and easy to use, and overall it’s just a great piece of equipment to experience.”

Read More: https://lightridgenews.com/1017/news/lightning-pod-podcasting-equipment-premieres-at-the-library/

Ms. Ivory continued: “I’m hoping that with podcasting, students can feel more comfortable and more confident sharing their voices and their opinions.”

LISTEN and subscribe today: https://open.spotify.com/show/0OYdN3GAa5ejlZojuhRZEX

Projects like this are only possible with your financial support!

This school year brought a record number of grant applications and awards - but many good ideas went unfunded.

You can help change that with a generous, tax-deductible donation: https://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/donate

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Meet the LEF team! Courtney Soria is our Backpack Coalition Assistant and the newest member of our team! She also is the...
When submissions for our Innovation in Education classroom grants closed last Friday, we had a record 82 applications! T...
Meet the LEF team! Kirslyn Schell-Smith is our Backpack Coalition Coordinator, but knows that her true calling was namin...
Meet the LEF team! Letty Kayser is our office manager and exec admin, better known as Pam, Season 7, Episode 2! She is a...
Meet the LEF team! Kari Murphy is our director of development, in addition to being a mom, globetrotter, pickleballer an...
Meet the LEF team! Danielle Nadler is our executive director, in addition to being a mom, cyclist, storyteller and frien...
To all Loudoun County Public Schools students and educators:Let’s make this the best school year EVER!
The first day of Loudoun County Public Schools is here! What did YOU do this summer?LEF collaborated with the LCPS Math ...
We're hiring! 🤝LEF seeks a Backpack Coalition Program Assistant to help distribute weekend meals to 900+ underserved @LC...
The Summer Math Discovery program has been a huge Year 1 success! Based on the BEAM (Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematic...
Congratulations to Park View High School Special Education Assistant Matthew Robinson, who was selected for one of LEF's...
Congratulations to Mrs. Short's class at Park Irw High School, winner of one of LEF's Innovation in Education grants! Th...





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