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Celebrate Teachers & Education!

Click here to register to join CLEF at the annual Teacher Recognition Dinner!

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook.  Teacher, school and classroom dreams will be awarded.  Above and beyond teachers will also be recognized.

A selection of fun buffet food will be served along with free bowling and bocce!

Can’t attend?  You can still make a donation by clicking on the link above.


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Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) empowers urban Lutheran schools in Chicago to deliver innovative, quality education in a Christian environment.


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CLEF is Creating Pathways to Excellence for Schools

Serving Students Pre-K through High School

CLEF supports 22 Christian schools in diverse neighborhoods across Chicagoland. Although each school is unique, they share a commitment to empowering students to succeed in college, careers, and beyond.

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Our Saviour Lutheran School
St. Paul Lutheran School on Dorchester
St. Paul Early Education Center on Canfield
Grace Christian Academy
St. John's Lutheran School
Lutheran Day Early Childhood Center
St. Paul Lutheran School on Menard