Successful Results for Foundation’s 2022-23 LEAP Campaign

October 28, 2022

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Julie Anderson Washburn, Lexington One Educational Foundation Executive Director
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Megan Moore, Lexington District One Communications Director
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October 24, 2022, 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 employees, this worthwhile endeavor enables dedicated teachers and staff to give back to Lexington County School District One.

LEAP funds assist our district in a number of important ways. First, the Lexington Emergency Assistance Plan 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. The Emergency Assistance Plan also funds Higher Education Grants for our high-need seniors who are going to college; International Teacher Grants to new teachers who need support getting settled in the USA; and Health Fund Grants that purchased vision spot screeners for our school nurses to use in testing the vision of students throughout the district.  Second, the Lexington Education Assistance Plan continues to strongly support literacy efforts in Lexington District One via our Bucks for Books Grants and has invested more than $135,000 in books in our district over the last six years.

We are so thankful for our amazing Lexington One employees who supported the Foundation’s 2022-23 LEAP Campaign! More than 2,300 contributed this year! Here are the results:

$114,582.06     Lexington Emergency Assistance Plan Total contributions 
$46,112.92      Lexington Education Assistance Plan Total contributions           


Congratulations also to the following schools and department for having the highest percentages of increase, when comparing their 2022-23 LEAP Campaign results to the previous year’s campaign.


1st – Deerfield Elementary School raised $3,222 (83% increase) – Stephanie Taylor, LEAP Representatives Nicole Barker and Elizabeth Tester

2nd – Gilbert Elementary School raised $6,757 (72% increase) – Principal Stephen Deyo, LEAP Representatives Amanda Barker and Alice Wilson

3rd – Carolina Springs Elementary School raised $3,637 (38% increase) – Principal Todd Brown, LEAP Representatives Jessica Moyer and Tyler Smith

Lakeside Middle School raised $4,876 (103% increase) – Principal Casey Calhoun, LEAP Representatives Ashleigh Near and Amy Long

White Knoll High School raised $10,841 (183% increase) – Principal Nicholas Pearson, LEAP Representatives Courtney Bass and Shannon Wessinger


Food Service raised $3,203 (6% increase) – Director Deidre Yong, LEAP Representatives Polly Peyinghaus and Ashley Summers


Gilbert Elementary School – Principal Stephen Deyo and Leap Representatives Amanda Barker and Alice Wilson. GES employees raised $6,757.

Human Resources – Director Devona Price and Leap Representative Angie Renner. Human Resources employees raised $1,475.

Lake Murray Elementary School – Principal Jennifer Stanley and Leap Representatives Kim Nunnery and Christina Reed. LMES employees raised $3,876.

Pelion Elementary School – Principal Debbie Poole and Leap Representatives Ruth Spence and Susan Harmon. PES emplooyees raised $3,409.

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