What is TLES?

TLES is the Trish Leach Education Scholarship. It was founded in 2015 to honor the memory and legacy of Trish Leach, whose lifelong dream of being a teacher was cut short by her battle with cancer.

 

What does TLES do for the community?

TLES raises funds every year to provide grants to school teachers and their students. In 2016, TLES donated $900 to McVey Elementary School in Newark, Delaware to help First Grade teachers buy school supplies.

Who manages TLES?

TLES is a non-profit charity run by the TLES Board of Directors. It is in the process of becoming a 501c(3) registered charity. TLES Board currently includes Jasmine Zook and James Leach.

 

How can I get on the Grant List for TLES?

Are you a teacher or affiliated with a school? Send a letter explaining how your teachers and students would benefit from a grant from TLES.

Send the letter to:

     Trish Leach Education Scholarship

     PO Box 153

     Kemblesville, PA 19347

 

Want to know the whole story?

Trish Leach was a wife, mother and professional educator whose career in teaching was cut short when she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, a type of blood cancer that attacks the immune system. Her compromised immune system kept Trish from fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wilmington University in January 2007, and worked on getting her teaching license in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

 

Trish believed in children, and loved teaching. As a Bible study teacher for adults and children for over 25 years, Trish had lots of experience delivering educational messages. She was a student-teacher at McVey Elementary School in Newark, DE for one year while she completed her Master’s Degree.

 

TLES was founded in 2015 to honor Trish’s commitment to serving others through community service. Her vision and passion for helping children and teachers lives on through the Scholarship. TLES holds fund-raisers each year, and hopes to continue and expand the grant program every year.

 

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