Last week, Alamo Drafthouse held their Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation benefit screening series, which included a special Quote-Along version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This followed showings of Hook and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, all in support of LEEF.
Lauren Bingham, LISD community services director, said that they were thrilled to partner with the new Drafthouse on Lakeline for this event and hope to continue to work with them. She went on to say that Alamo was incredibly helpful in selecting the films to screen for the event. However, it was LEEF who made the final decisions, as they really wanted to make it a very family-friendly and fun event. The films allowed spectators to recall a classic with Hook and new gem Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
The ticket sales went to LEEF’s projects, which help both teachers and students in LISD. For instance, they give grants to allow teachers to get professional development and continued training to better themselves as educators. For students, they provide need-based scholarships for those who are participating in Dual Credit programs to purchase textbooks. LEEF also gives money to help with new curricula, programs and technology. Next year, they are rolling out a new initiative to give 40 students access to college guidance counselors to help them become truly college ready.
Lauren remarked that Austin is really plugged in to the community and non-profit events, and has already shown the organization a great deal of support. They are taking things up a notch this year with their first really big event. LEEF already has an incredibly active fundraising board and are holding this event so LEEF will be able to accomplish more in the 2013-2014 school year. On November 2, LEEF will have its first ever Mudstacle & Family Fun Run for families to try a new kind of charity walk. Like the Alamo event, this brings together the entire family – young students, teenagers and parents. Its varying levels of difficulty enable anyone to participate, so everyone can be involved and help a great cause.