Lexington One Educational Foundation Announces 2023-24 LEAP Campaign Award Winners

November 8, 2023


Julie Anderson Washburn, Lexington One Educational Foundation Executive Director
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Megan Moore, Lexington District One Communications Director
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November 8, 2023, LEXINGTON, S.C. — Annually as our school year kicks off, the Lexington one Educational Foundation also launches its internal employee giving program, the LEAP Campaign. Funded solely by donations from caring Lexington District One employees, this worthwhile endeavor enables dedicated teachers, staff and administrators the chance to give back to Lexington County School District One.

LEAP funds assist our district in a number of extremely important ways. First, the Lexington Emergency Assistance Plan fund offers financial assistance and/or in-kind services to district students and employees who are experiencing a crisis and need temporary help to get through a challenging time. TheEmergency fund also provides Higher Education Support Grants, which are for our high-need seniors who are graduating and going to college, and International Teacher Grants, which offer small support grants to new teachers who are from other countries in order to help each one get settled in the USA.  

Secondly, the foundation’s Lexington Education Assistance Plan fund continues to strongly support literacy efforts in Lexington District One via our Bucks for Books Grants and has invested more than $160,000 in books in our district over the last seven years. The Education Assistance Plan also recently supported Mathematics and STEM efforts in Lexington District One with a $33,000 Counting Collections Mathematics Grant benefiting all K-2 students and a $10,000 STEM Grant to support the district’s Coding Immersion Elementary Schools and the schools’ students.

We are so thankful for our amazing Lexington District One employees who donated to the Educational Foundation’s 2023-24 LEAP Campaign! More than 2,100 contributed this year! Here are the results:

$80,322.96          Lexington Emergency Assistance Plan Total contributions 
$45,768.00          Lexington Education Assistance Plan Total contributions            


Congratulations also to the following schools and department for having the highest percentages of increase in giving, when comparing their 2023-24 LEAP Campaign results to the previous year’s campaign.



1st – Midway Elementary School raised $3,995 (+35%) – Principal Tim Carnahan, LEAP Representatives Rick Masters and Susan Goff

2nd – Meadow Glen Elementary School raised $4,973 (+8%) – Principal Jennifer McNair, LEAP Representatives Jennifer Collins and Jamie Sox

3rd – Rocky Creek Elementary School raised $1,788 (+4%) – Principal Michelle Smith, LEAP Representatives Krysten Sidaway and Paige Bowles


Carolina Springs Middle School raised $4,873 (+11%) – Principal Dr. Brice Cockfield, LEAP Representatives Danielle Heming and Paige Meyer


Maintenance Department raised $1,143 (+66%) – Director Lee Cousins, LEAP Representative Adrianne Bazemore

Note: No high school award was given this year.


Centerville Elementary School – Principal Heath Branham, LEAP Representatives Sarah McCarthy and Kim Johnson. CES employees raised $3,840.

Pelion Elementary School – Principal Debbie Poole, LEAP Representatives Susan Harmon and Ruthann Peebles. PES employees raised $2,677.

Pelion High School – Principal Sean Bishton, LEAP Representative Dona Smith. PHS employees raised $4,414.

Many thanks to everyone in Lexington County School District One who donated to this worthwhile campaign. The dedication of Lexington One family members in helping others through their support of the LEAP Campaign is truly astounding! This generosity will make a positive difference in the lives of many students and families in Lexington One!


invested in Lexington District One in fiscal year 2022-2023


All K-2 students benefited from the Counting Collections for Mathematics Grant


Awarded in Scholarships and/or Higher Education Grants