History & Mission
Founded in 1989, the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that brings our community together for the investment of advancing student learning and teacher leading. By increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership, CLEF continues to be a community catalyst and convener around innovation in student learning.
CLEF works in partnership with the community and businesses to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements. These needs are met through student scholarships, mentoring and dropout prevention strategies, free school supplies for low-income students, teacher quality and recognition programs, classroom grants, literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and targeted support for low-performing students and schools.
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Board of Directors
Maura Matzko, President
Lynn Pogue, Vice President
David Palmer, Treasurer
Palmer Property Management
Sara Perri, Secretary
Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Wells Fargo, NA
Fawcett Memorial Hospital – HCA WFD
Kirshy Law Firm
Suncoast Credit Union
DMK Associates, Inc.
Steve Dionisio (ex-officio)
Superintendent Charlotte County Public Schools
School Board Representative, School Board Member
Sara Wierhake, Executive Director
Charlotte Local Education Foundation
Board meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm (except December and July) at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, unless otherwise noted: 2702 Tamiami Trail, Pt Charlotte, FL 33952
Executive Committee meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm (except November and December) at Palmer Property Management, 6210 Scott Street #214, Punta Gorda FL 33950
All meetings are open to the public
Any disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodations for meetings may contact the Ed Foundation office, 941.255.7500. x294, prior to the meeting date