Litchfield Education Foundation
P.O. Box 874
Litchfield, CT 06759
A volunteer-driven non-profit 501 (c) (3);
100% of your tax-deductible donations
applied to support children’s enrichment.
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a local not-for-profit organization
with a singular focus: to raise funds which support school & community
initiatives that enrich, inspire, and empower Litchfield students.
Beyond the Budget
Because there is a limit to what a school’s budget may cover,
Litchfield Education Foundation exists to cover expenses associated
with innovative programming, experiences that transcend the classroom,
and resources that our children would otherwise go without.
For example – SmartBoards, field trips, library programs, art projects,
& STEM initiatives – all have been made possible
by the $145,000 in grants awarded by LEF.
Who operates Litchfield Education Foundation?
The Board of Directors are volunteer parents, teachers &
community leaders who – like YOU — want the optimal
educational experience for the children of Litchfield.
1st Annual Retro Dodgeball Tournament
Saturday, April 1, 2017
@ LHS Gym
Winning Team ~ Litchfield Incredibles
Runner-up ~ Sitting Ducks
Best Costumes ~ Whoa Whoa Whoa (Sportsmens)
Tang Soo Do - Team 1
Tang Soo Do ~ Team 2
Litchfield Center School Team
Litchfield Athletic Club
Whoa Whoa Whoa (Sportsmens)
School on the Green
Inaugural dodge ball tournament a huge success
The Litchfield Intermediate School team celebrates
winning the championship trophy in the Retro Dodge Ball
Tournament at Litchfield High School on Saturday. ~ BZ photos
Matt Terzian and Jay Bolton had a pretty good idea, it turns out,
when they conceived the inaugural Retro Dodge Ball Tournament
to benefit the Litchfield Education Foundation.
The double-elimination tournament on Saturday featured 16 six-person teams,
a big crowd of spectators, and a lot of fun as participants
dressed in 1980-style clothes and battled it out for the championship.
"It was an awesome experience and everyone is already talking about next year,"
Terzian said during an after-party at the Litchfield Saltwater Grille.
Terzian and Jay Bolton, both parents of schoolchildren, came up with the
idea of the tournament as a way to raise money for the LEF and bring people together
for an afternoon of fun. They played for the Make Dodge Ball Great Again team.
"We would have been happy with eight teams," Terzian said.
"The interest was incredible. In fact, we had to turn a few teams away."
LEF President Michele Saunders, who played for the DB Rockstars
team in the tournament, called the event an overwhelming succcess
that should yield about $5,000 for the LEF, a nonprofit that
sponsors enrichment programs in the town's three schools.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to get together fo a great cause,"
Saunders said. "Everyone was in a great mood and had a great time."
Saunders expects the tournament to raise about $5,000 for the LEF.
Winning the tournament championship was the Intermediate Incredibles,
a team of staff at Litchfield Intermediate School. The squad defeated the
Sitting Ducks in the final two matches of the day to win the title.
Members of the winning team were Julie Rooney, Adam Piechowski,
Zach Eucalitto, Tim Wilcox, Emily Bernard, Catherine Pennell and Kat Zagrodnik.
The Sitting Ducks were made up of Hunter Weik, Denise Weik,
Jamie Keppler, Andy Tita, Kat Tita and Del Knox.
Tournament founders Matt Terzian, left,
and Jay Bolton thank participants.
Matt Terzian presents the best costume
trophy to the Whoa Whoa Whoa team.
Hunter Weik helped lead the
Sitting Ducks to a runner up finish.
Paula Grabowski of the School
on the Green team celebrates a win.
Mitch Garden of Medicine Balls fires away.
Litchfield Education Foundation
President Michele Saunders is on the attack.
The intermediate school team marks another win.
Jay Bolton, left, and Ian Campbell of Make Dodge
Ball Great Again high-five a teammate.
Whoa Whoa Whoa awaits its turn on the court.
Intermediate school team member Tim Wilcox looked like
he was back playing shortstop for the Litchfield Cowboys.
Beth Landau did her best Cat Woman
impersonation for the Litchfield Athletic Club.
Matt Terzian takes a shot.
Steve and Michele Saunders played for the DB Rock Stars.
Rob Mello of Medicine Balls celebrates a win.
Shari Yard of the Litchfield Athletic Club
made for a great Wonder Woman.
Rob Gollow of Make Dodge Ball Great Again gets knocked out.
Singer/Songwriter Ian Campbell played for Make Dodge
Ball Great Again and sang during intermission.
Matt McDevitt of the Center School team can't hold on.
Center School's Andy Parker takes aim.
Jay Cherosnick of Whoa Whoa Whoa showed
off his form in a tight-fitting wrestling uniform.
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. jokes with Jay Bolton, center,
and Matt Terzian at the start of the tournament.
Alan Landau of the Litchfield Athletic Club lets it fly.
LEF Kids' Fest
Saturday, March 19, 2016
@ Litchfield Intermediate School
LITCHFIELD EDUCATION FOUNDATION (L.E.F.)
TO HOST 8TH ANNUAL KIDS’ FEST FUNDRAISER EVENT
The Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is pleased to announce the
eighth annual Kids’ Fest will be held Saturday, March 19 at in the gymnasium
at Litchfield Intermediate School from 10am-til 2pm.
This popular fundraising event will feature many fun activities for kids,
exciting auction items and superb raffle prizes.
Additionally, for the third year since the fundraiser’s inception,
Kids’ Fest will feature a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Children are invited to pose with the Easter Bunny,
and parents can take their own precious memorable photos.
Among the free activities for kids to enjoy are a bouncy house, yoga,
face painting, lego station, ropes course, duct tape station, etc.
For a small fee, kids can also take part in other special offerings such
as the “start-a-garden” project, face -mask painting, tattoos and more!
“Each year, our Kids’ Fest fundraising event gains momentum,
and we expect this upcoming event to be our most successful
and well-attended yet. All proceeds from this day of
family fun go towards educational grants for
Litchfield public schools and our community,”
states the organization’s President, Jodie Bongioloatti.
Admission to the Kids’ Fest event is a
donation of $5 donation/child or $20/family.
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) was formed by Litchfield parents
and community members who wanted to further enhance the educational
experiences of the children in Litchfield. The organization supports schools
and the community in offering students a wide range of experiences
which transcend the classroom and engage students in real-life experiences.
LEF partners with schools and organizations to encourage creativity,
community involvement, and hands-on learning. The mission of LEF is to
promote excellence and innovation in public education by providing teachers
and schools with additional support for meaningful and innovative programs.
To donate, please visit the
Litchfield Education Foundation website:
LEF Kids' Fest
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Litchfield Intermediate School Gym
6TH ANNUAL KIDS' FEST FUNDRAISER EVENT
"To date, the Litchfield Education Foundation has raised more than $129,000 for
Litchfield public schools and our community, and each year our Kids' Fest fundraising
event gains momentum," according to LEF Project Chairperson, Ms. Gayle Larrabee.
"We expect this upcoming event to be our most successful and well-attended yet!"
All proceeds from this day of family fun will go towards
grants which promote learning and education.
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) was formed by Litchfield parents and community
members who wanted to further enhance the educational experiences of the
children in Litchfield. We support schools and community organizations in offering
students a wide range of experiences which transcend the classroom and engage
students in real-life experiences. LEF partners with schools and organizations to
encourage creativity, community involvement, and hands-on learning.
The mission of LEF is to promote excellence and innovation in public education by providing
teachers and schools with additional support for meaningful and innovative programs.
Litchfield Education Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3),
and all funds are raised by a dedicated Board of Directors
and individual donations from the public.
To date, LEF has awarded more than 89 grants.
For more information on how to apply for a grant,
Junior Achievement returns to Center School
"JA in a Day"
Friday, May 10, 2013
Kindergarten - Ourselves - economic role of individuals
Grade 1 - Families - role of families in the local economy
Grade 2 - Community - examines opportunities available to those within a community
Grade 3 - Our City - economic development, local businesses and career opportunities
Litchfield Education Foundation
The mission of the Litchfield Education Foundation is to promote excellence
and innovation in public education throughout the entire community.
The Litchfield Education Foundation is an exciting organization formed to create
a more dynamic school-community partnership.
We believe that enthusiastic community involvement is fudamental to the
success of our school system. If our schools are to be
true centers of learning, local support is critical.
LEF Kid's Fest
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - LIS Gym
Projects funded by the Litchfield Education Foundation