NEEF MAKES SURPRISE GRANT DELIVERIES TO TEACHERS

The North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) is surprising teachers across North East ISD this week with a record $218,101 in grants for their school projects. The NEEF Board of Directors will travel to 39 NEISD campuses to award checks for 48 innovative classroom projects.

The first checks on Monday went to Coker Elementary School teachers Shelly Belford and Margaret McDaniel, followed by Olmos Elementary School teacher Deborah Mollicone and MacArthur High School teacher Stacey Sebesta.

Thanks to these grants, Belford will have $6,000 to buy material and equipment to create a school-wide science lab, McDaniel will purchase iPads to enhance her school’s Makerspace centers with her $6,554 grant, and Mollicone will purchase STEM/robotics kits for the school’s Gifted and Talented and robotics club students with a grant she will receive for $4,500.

Sebesta works with high school students who have severe cognitive disabilities. She will get $5,495 to purchase a professional printer and supplies that will help her students develop meaningful job skills.

“The big push is for our kids to be employed in whatever way works best for them. It’s something that is going to give them dignity in the community,” said Sebesta. “With this project, they will learn to take orders, make deliveries and design posters for our own school, as well as area elementary schools. It’s going to be great. It’s something that they can add on their resume.”

Even though Sebesta was hopeful that her project would get chosen, she didn’t know for sure. It was a huge surprise to her when members of the NEEF Board of Directors, her Principal and District staff showed up in her office with a huge check and cameras rolling.

“I had no idea. I didn’t know what was going on. Then when I saw the big check, I thought, ‘We got it! We got it!’”

NEEF supplies grants for innovative ideas that will supplement NEISD curriculum and help teachers bring learning to life for their students. These funds are raised by NEEF board of directors through annual events and donations from the NEISD business partners and community members.

Other projects funded by NEEF this year include Chromebooks, water conservation projects, weather stations, math resources and reading intervention systems. The surprise visits will occur the week of May 22-26.

NEEF is an independent, non-profit board dedicated to providing educational opportunities that directly benefit North East ISD students, district-wide. To learn more about NEEF, click here: North East Educational Foundation

To see a photo album of the presentations, go to the NEISD Facebook photo album here: NEEF Prize Patrol Visits

 

 

SOFTBALL WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AN EPIC HOMERUN

The North East Educational Foundation’s (NEEF) 2017 Softball with the Superintendent was a big hit! Going on just its second year, the community event at the new North East Sports Park features two fun-filled softball games, along with plenty of food, activities and vendors. The friendly competition included two games featuring North East ISD leadership against eight local organizations who purchased a place in the game as an auction item at the NEEF Gala last February.

North East ISD band students, choir students, school mascots and spirit groups chimed in by adding a wonderful pep rally atmosphere. Special guest Chuck Miketinac, from Fox 29 San Antonio, warmed up the crowd and gave the celebrity first pitch.

Guests were able to donate to the foundation through Big Give SA, a day of online-giving to benefit local charities, during the event. NEEF won the 6-7 p.m. hour of giving for its category through Big Give. Participants were entered into a raffle for an Amazon Kindle, won by Debora Packard from Central Office, and teachers received free meals sponsored by RBFCU in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Even with a few cuts and bruises, the players shared big laughs and good times in the balmy Texas weather. Business partners, community members and NEISD leadership had a great time playing softball together and the entire NEISD family is already looking forward to next year’s big game.

A special thank you goes out to: Pfluger Architects, who contributed enough support to fill an entire team! Players sponsored by PBK, whose contributions to the foundation supported four positions on the team, Tuscany Heights PTA contributions to the foundation, who supported four positions on the team, and Central Builders, Inc. contributions, which supported three positions on the team. In addition, Garza/Bomberger and Associates, Alpha Consulting Engineers, PhotoSATX.com and KFW Engineers & Surveying, whose contributions to the foundation supported two positions.

A big thank you to Event Supporting Sponsors: RBFCU, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Sylvan Learning Center.

Check out photos from the big event here!

NEEF GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES THOUSANDS FOR NEISD STUDENTS

 

This year, the annual North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) golf tournament took on a new name for the same great cause: Jerry Comalander’s Fore! the Kids Tournament. A total of 122 golfers, representing 38 companies donated close to $80,000 to the 11th golf tournament benefiting NEEF. The golfers played 18 holes at the Canyon Springs Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 16.

Comalander was most recently the Executive Director of Athletics for North East ISD. He retired in 2015 after serving 42 years at NEISD.

“When I found out it would be named after me, at first I thought someone was playing trick on me,” said Comalander.” It’s a tremendous honor, I mean how proud can a person be to represent a foundation that does great things for kids. We do a lot of things in the District and they’re all based around children, but the foundation is exactly connected to children. I’m so proud to represent them.”

The title sponsor of the tournament, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) and RB Financial, gave of their time and funds to make the tournament a success.

"We have a phenomenal partnership with North East, we believe in their staff and we love to do anything that helps this district succeed," said Steve Ynostrosa of RBFCU.

The NEEF board of directors worked hard to provide breakfast, door prizes and goodie bags for this enjoyable event.

"I want to thank everybody here today for their time and contribution of money," said Mark Baublit, NEEF Chairman. "It means a lot that your heart is in line with our vision and that's to give back to the kids and to impact their world."

All of the funds received by NEEF will go toward grants to fund innovative projects for NEISD classrooms. For more information on the North East Educational Foundation, please click HERE.

For event photos, click HERE.

NEEF would like to recognize our top sponsors:

Title
Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union & RB Financial

Eagle
Bartlett Cocke, LP.
Computer Solutions
First Southwest
Frost Bank
Garza Bomberger & Associates
HTS Texas
Joeris
LPA, Inc.
Pfluger Associates Architects
The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation


Birdie
BOK Financial Securities, Inc.
CDS Muery
Central Electric Ent & Co
Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
DBR Engineering
High School Achievements
IES
Moy Tarin Ramirez Eng
O'Connell Robertson
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.
Terracon
The Darr Family
Zachry Corporation


Underwriting
BSN SPORTS
FieldTurf & Beynon
Horace Mann, Tim Smith
Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP

NEEF “PRIZE PATROL” SURPRISES TEACHERS WITH BIG CHECKS

 

NEEF Check Presentation from North East Media Production on Vimeo.

The North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) is surprising teachers across the District this week with a record $212,000 in grants for their school projects. This increased $27,000 from last year’s giveaway amount. The NEEF Board of Directors will travel to 35 North East ISD campuses this week to award checks for 45 innovative classroom projects.

The first two checks went to El Dorado Elementary School teachers Ken Brown, Amanda Pawelek, Therese Shields and Sandra Suarez on Tuesday, May 24.

“I was truly shocked, but I was also hopeful for the students at El Dorado, because they deserve this,” said Brown, El Dorado music teacher. “I’m very appreciative and supportive of the North East Educational Foundation and the work they do. I’m humbled. Thank you so much.”

He and fellow music teacher Pawelek will receive $11,000 to purchase new musical instruments.

Suarez and Shields have big dreams for a community garden broken up in two sections, one that will be accessible to their ALE students and another for the remaining students and the community.

“I saw everyone taking pictures and then I thought, oh my gosh, our dream is coming true,” said Suarez.

NEEF supplies grants for innovative ideas that will supplement NEISD curriculum and help teachers bring learning to life for their students. These funds are raised by NEEF board of directors through annual events and donations from the NEISD business partners and community members.

"We are so excited to see all of our NEEF team's hard work pay off and benefit these very deserving teachers this week," said Mark Baublit, NEEF Chairman. "Through the funding of these grants we are able to reach and enhance the learning experience of thousands of North East students each year. It is an awesome privilege to see the joy in the faces and eyes of these wonderful teachers who continue to go above and beyond to do more for their kids in their classrooms and schools. That is the purpose of the Foundation and the power of its Board of Director's service to these students!"

Other projects funded by NEEF this year include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Makerspace activities, instruments, gardening materials, a 3D printer, Chromebooks, iPads and reading intervention systems. The surprise visits will occur the week of May 23-27.

NEEF is an independent, non-profit board dedicated to providing educational opportunities that directly benefit North East ISD students, district-wide. To learn more about NEEF, click here:North East Educational Foundation

To see a photo album of the presentations, go to the NEISD Facebook photo album here: NEEF Prize Patrol Visits

NEEF CELEBRATES ITS 30TH YEAR AT 25TH ANNUAL GALA

 

The 2016 North East Educational Foundation’s 25th Annual Starlight Gala, held on Feb. 20, was the most successful on record with almost 600 in attendance and raising nearly $200,000. The night was full of milestones as 2016 also marks the 30th year of NEEF’s founding.

The NEEF Gala raised funds through sponsorships, a live auction and silent auction. Guests placed bids on silent auction items through a smart phone bidding system and participated in an interactive, competitive game of Heads or Tails. The winner was awarded a prize of $1,000 that was donated by an anonymous sponsor.

Funds raised will go toward classroom enrichment projects in North East ISD that enhance learning and serve purposes outside of district-funded curriculum. Project examples include reading intervention kits, STEM materials, resources for community gardens, iPads and robotics programs.

DIAMOND Energy Testing & Balance
DIAMOND Garza Bomberger & Associates
DIAMOND Joeris General Contractors
DIAMOND Pfluger Associates Architects
DIAMOND Terracon Consultants
GOLD Alamo Architects
GOLD Cude Engineers
GOLD Guido Brothers Construction
GOLD Intelligent Engineering Services 
GOLD Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
GOLD LPA, Inc. 
GOLD Norton Rose Fulbright 
GOLD Professional Service Industries
GOLD RVK Architects
GOLD Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein
GOLD Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
SILVER Alpha Consulting Engineers 
SILVER Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
SILVER Buckeye International
SILVER CDS Muery
SILVER FirstSouthwest–a division of Hilltop Securities  
SILVER Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers
SILVER Pape-Dawson Engineers
SILVER R-S-C-R
SILVER TTG Engineers
BRONZE BDO USA
BRONZE Beaty Palmer Architects
BRONZE Bury 
BRONZE Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
BRONZE Combs Consulting Group
BRONZE DBR Engineering Consultants
BRONZE Drash Companies
BRONZE FirstMark Credit Union
BRONZE Frost Bank
BRONZE Fugro Consultants
BRONZE Harris Middle School
BRONZE HEB
BRONZE #1High School Achievements 
BRONZE #2High School Achievements
BRONZE KFW Engineers
BRONZE Marmon Mok Architects
BRONZE McChesney/Bianco Architecture
BRONZE MS2 Consulting Engineers
BRONZE O'Connell Robertson
BRONZE PBK Architects
BRONZE Raba-Kistner Consultants
BRONZE Sequel Financial Group
BRONZE Zachry Corporation

NEEF Hosts 10th Annual Golf Tournament

A total of 122 golfers, representing 38 companies and community members, donated over $75,000 to the 2015 North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) Golf Tournament. The golfers played 18 holes at the Canyon Springs Golf Club Friday, September 25.

"I want to thank everybody here today for their time and contribution of money," said Mark Baublit, NEEF Chairman. "It means a lot that your heart is in line with our vision and that's to give back to the kids and to impact their world."

The title sponsor of the tournament, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) and RB Financial, gave of their time and funds to make the tournament a success.

"We have a phenomenal partnership with North East, we believe in their staff and we love to do anything that helps this district succeed," said Steve Ynostrosa of RBFCU.

The NEEF board of directors worked hard to provide breakfast, door prizes and goodie bags for this enjoyable event.

All of the funds received by NEEF will go toward grants to fund innovative projects for NEISD classrooms. For more information on the North East Educational Foundation, please click here.

NEEF would like to recognize our top sponsors:

Title Sponsor: RBFCU and RB Financial

Eagle Sponsors

Bartlett Cocke, LP.
Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
Computer Solutions
First Southwest Securities
Garza Bomberger & Associates
Joeris
Pfluger Associates Architects
The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation

Birdie Sponsors

Alpha Consulting Engineers
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Central Electric Ent. & Co.
Frost Bank
High School Achievements
HTS Texas
LPA, Inc.
M.W. Cude
Miner Corp
Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers LLC
O'Connell Robertson
PBK Architects
PSI
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.
The Darr Family
Zachry Corporation

 

Posted on 09/25/2015

NEEF Hosts 2015 Starlight Gala

The 2015 North East Educational Foundation’s 24th Annual Starlight Gala was consistently described as the most enjoyable in NEEF history. It is estimated that NEEF raised more than $170,000 Saturday, February 21.

The room was filled to capacity with more than 500 in attendance. Guests placed bids on silent auction items through a smartphone bidding system and participated in an interactive, competitive game of Heads or Tails. The winner was awarded a prize of $1,000 that was donated by an anonymous sponsor.

The NEEF Gala raised funds through sponsorships, a live auction and a silent auction. Funds raised will go toward classroom enrichment projects in the North East school district. Project examples include reading intervention kits, STEM materials, resources for community gardens, iPads and robotics programs. Projects must enhance learning and serve purposes outside of district-funded curriculum.

2015 NEEF Gala

We’d like to thank our top sponsors who made this event possible:

Diamond Level

Gold Level

Silver Level

Energy Testing & Balance

Joeris General Contractors

Garza Bomberger & Associates

Pfluger Associates Architects

Terracon Consultants

High School Acheivement

Intelligent Engineering Services

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson

Norton Rose Fulbright

RVK

Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Alamo Architects

Bracewell & Giuliani

First Southwest

Guido Brothers Construction

Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers

PBK

Professional Service Industries

R-S-C-R

 

2015 NEEF Gala
2015 NEEF Gala

   

2015 NEEF Gala

 

NEEF hosts 9th Annual Golf Tournament

One hundred thirty golfers, representing 36 companies and community members, donated thousands to the 2014 North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) Golf Tournament. The golfers played 18 holes at the Canyon Springs Golf Club Friday, September 19.

"This has become a really good event for us," said Jerald Reiner, NEEF Golf Committee Chair. "For the second year, we have maxed out the number of golfers."

The title sponsor of the tournament, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU), gave of their time and funds to make the tournament a success.

"We have a phenomenal partnership with North East, we believe in their staff and we love to do anything that helps this district succeed," said Steve Ynostrosa of RBFCU.

The NEEF board of directors worked hard to provide breakfast, door prizes and goodie bags for this enjoyable event.

All of the funds received by NEEF will go toward grants to fund innovative projects for NEISD classrooms. 

NEEF Golf Tournament 2014

North East Schools Surprised with Grant Money

The North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) distributed more than $161,000 to teachers and schools in NEISD in just two days.

Board Members surprised teachers and administrators with grants for 46 classroom projects on May 21 and 22. Teachers across the district applied for grants and were excited when Foundation Board Members showed up with giant checks.

At Coker Elementary, Susan Rendon and Adriene Long received $8,000 for a Coker Book Room. The school does not have a room like this on the campus with resources for every grade level, all in one place. This will impact everyone–teachers and students–on the campus.

Lee High School's Mark Hansen and Rachel Humphrey received $1,500 for a U.S. History EOC Success Pullout program. It makes history more interactive with quotes and lessons that bring history to life for high school students.

Grants are awarded based on need and how many students will be impacted through the project.

For more pictures, go to the NEISD Facebook page. For a video of the prize patrol, check out North East Media Production.

NEEF presents checks for school projects.

Students at Encino Park Elementary School were excited to get a grant for their reading initiative.

NEEF presents checks for school projects.

Board Member David Chancellor presented Regency Place Elementary School with a check.

NEEF presents checks for school projects.

NEEF presented Stone Oak Elementary with a grant for science technology equipment.

NEEF presents checks for school projects.

Woodstone Elementary School kindergarten teachers were overjoyed when they received their check.

NEEF presents checks for school projects.

NEEF presented a check to Lee High School Social Studies teachers for a U.S. History project.

NEEF check presentations 2014.

NEEF Board Members and representatives from Garza Bomberger, a major NEEF supporter, presented a check to teachers at Coker Elementary School.

North East Educational Foundation surprises teachers with grants.

Tracy Wenthe plans to start a garden at Clear Spring Elementary School with her grant money.

North East Educational Foundation surprises teachers with grants.

Montgomery Elementary School will use their grant to fill a Book Room with nonfiction books.

NEEF Check Presentations NEEF Check Presentation

Wilshire and Tuscany Heights elementary schools were surprised to get their grants.

Jill Raver Rocio Ochoa
NEEF provided grants to two Camelot staff members. Jill Raver (left), assistant principal, was presented with a check for spirit sticks, which provides incentives for our students in a variety of ways. Rocio Gutierrez-Ochoa (right), reading coach, was presented with a check for Leveled Literacy Intervention kits, which provides specific and guided reading intervention for all of our students.
Students in front of check Lucy, Cindi and Carrie take a photo with check.
North East Foundation made a surprise visit to Fox Run.. The foundation awarded $3,000.00 to Cari Young, school librarian to use for paper-back books for the school library. Young wanted to create the excitement of a book fair for the students through out the school year. This money will be used to make this a reality for our students.
Oak Grove Photo Oak Grove Photo
Oak Grove Principal Harold Massey is proud of science coach, Sandy Guerra's (left in both photos), latest accomplishment. The check was presented by Pam Stevenson (pink) from the foundation
Dellview students use rekenreks from NEEF

Dellview Students Get Excited About Math

The students at Dellview Elementary may not be able to tell you the name of the new math tool they’ve been using, but they sure get excited when their teacher pulls out a rekenrek for today’s lesson.
This campus received classroom sets of rekenreks for every kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom from a grant awarded by the North East Educational Foundation (NEEF).
A rekenrek is a Dutch arithmetic rack similar to an abacus. It is designed to help elementary students understand addition, subtraction and even multiplication by the visual movement of these 20 beads.
Before receiving the grant to purchase these tools, Dellview’s Mathematics Instructional Coach Wendy Castillo used post-it notes that never stuck and boards made from manila paper.
“The new tools have definitely increased excitement all around – students, teachers, administration, and myself,” Castillo said. “The kids are even more engaged and the teachers have the resources they need to help our young students understand challenging number concepts.” 
Sitting in on one lesson, it becomes obvious the rekenrek increases focus because the kids feel like they are playing a game. The teacher demonstrates a number and within a second, hands are shooting into the air with the answer.
In addition to rekenreks, the NEEF grant funded other number composition and decomposition games for each kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom, $500 of children’s math literature lessons and hands-on measurement tools for 2nd and 3rd graders.
“Outside funds like this grant are essential for advancing our math program because our state budget for instructional resources continues to be cut,” said Castillo.

Donations big and small create more opportunities for NEISD students.

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