ST. CLOUD - The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation (LEAF)  is kicking off its "Adopt a Classroom Project" for this year.

Supporters can "adopt" a classroom in the district by making a tax deductable $250 donation for needed classroom supplies.

The goal of the project is to connect businesses, individuals and groups to specific classrooms to help provide school supplies that the district is unable to fund. Currently, teachers often spend hundreds of dollars in order to provide basic supplies for classroom use.

The district says teachers often use their own money on basic things like markers and pencils and for specialized items like sheet music, science kits and mice for snake food.

Those who donate can choose to adopt a specific classroom at a specific school or allow LEAF to choose a classroom randomly. Donors will receive a certificate of adoption that identifies the classroom they have adopted.

Last year, the St. Cloud community adopted 73 classrooms and donated over $18,000. This is the fifth year of the adopt a classroom project, which has given just under $60,000 to 239 classrooms.

If you're interested in adopting a classroom, click here for more information.