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Irmo, South Carolina

The District 5 Foundation


Social Impact Statement

Through my platform, “The District 5 Foundation”, I am raising money and awareness so that the Lexington Richland School District 5 snack pack program can continue. The snack pack program provides nutritious food to those students who do not have access to it on the weekend, because a child should not worry about where their next meal is coming from, and instead be focused on learning all they can while at school.  The foundation also provides funding for exciting projects that teachers wish to do for their students and emergency funding for families that have experienced a sudden loss or personal emergency.

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." -Mark Van Doren


In high school, I traveled to 6 countries as a student ambassador for South Carolina with the People to People organization and in college I did a student teaching experience in Lisbon, Portugal at the Carlucci American International School. 


Just be yourself.


Early Childhood Educator


During the day Leighton can be found in the classroom working as a 4K teacher for Lexington Richland School District 5 and at night she can be found at the Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company serving as the assistant director/instructor. There she teaches performers ages 4-adult, is a member of their advanced tap team and is a member of their adult musical theatre team. Leighton holds a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a Master’s in curriculum and instruction, and proudly received the “Excellence in Education” award in honor of Nanette M. Weeks at the Miss South Carolina Plus America pageant this year. She is married to her husband Daniel Rossi,  a SC correctional officer, and is a proud mom of 5 fur babies. 

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