After 17 years in operation, leaders of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation wanted this year to be more than business as usual.

After 17 years in operation, leaders of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation wanted this year to be more than business as usual.

They wanted to reinvigorate the program.

“We’re really trying to get our name and mission out there to bring new people on board,” said Catey Edwards, director of the foundation.

For the first time in its history, the foundation has a theme this year – inspire.

The theme is incorporated into a logo that is being used by the foundation. The logo also features the words students, educators, families and community. Edwards said these words represent the groups who work together to make the foundation a success.

“The theme has just kind of been a re-energizer if you will,” she said.

The foundation is in the middle of its formal fundraising campaign for the year. The campaign will run through December.

She said the foundation generally has the same fundraising goal of about $150,000 from year to year.

She said money raised during this year’s campaign will support programs for the next school year.

Edwards said the foundation typically supports between 25-30 programs each year including a college prep program for students and an innovative teacher grant program.

People who want to donate to the foundation can visit the organization’s website at lpsef.usd453.org

Donations also can be sent to the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation at P.O. Box 969 in Leavenworth.

The foundation will be sponsoring a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Leavenworth High School, 2012 10th Ave.

“The Magic Music on Main Street” winter concert will feature the high school’s a cappella choir.

Main Street is the name of the high school’s main hallway.

Admission to the event is free.

Edwards said the foundation is planning other public events for later in the school year.

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