Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation provides nearly $60,000 in PEAK Grants for classrooms

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Foundation also awards $71,550 in high-school scholarships this spring

Members of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation visited a number of Lee’s Summit R-7 schools during May to present a total of 50 PEAK (Promoting Excellence And Knowledge) Grants. Known as the PEAK Patrol, a group of Foundation Board members travel from school to school over a two-day period, making surprise announcements in classrooms.

The 50 grants awarded for 2017-18 total $59,111 and will assist students in more than 83 classrooms across the school district. Of the recently-awarded grants, two were for district-wide programs — elementary gifted education and libraries.

The 2017-18 grants included 20 for math/science/engineering, 10 for language arts, nine for technology, six for interventions and five for art, music or physical education.

Since the Foundation initiated PEAK Grants in 1995,  771 grants totaling $784,218 have been awarded to Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members. The grants, which range from $100 to approximately $3,500, are designed to positively impact student learning.

In addition, the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation presented 65 continuing education scholarships to seniors this spring. At Lee’s Summit High School, 36 scholarships totaling $37,050 were presented. Lee’s Summit North High School students received 17 scholarships totaling $20,000. At Lee’s Summit West High School, the Foundation presented 12 scholarships totaling $17,500.


Regan Russell of Sunset Valley Elementary and her students are surprised by the PEAK Patrol.

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