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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
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.
We’d like to thank our top sponsors who made this event possible:
Energy Testing & Balance
Joeris General Contractors
Garza Bomberger & Associates
Pfluger Associates Architects
High School Acheivement
Intelligent Engineering Services
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
Norton Rose Fulbright
Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Bracewell & Giuliani
Guido Brothers Construction
Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers
Professional Service Industries
The students at Wilshire Elementary School are drumming to a new beat this semester. The North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) awarded their music department a 2013 grant to purchase maracas and a variety of Orff instruments, including soprano and tenor xylophones, soprano and alto glockenspiels, and tenor and bass metallophones.
“The students love the new instruments,” said Rebecca Hackett, Wilshire music teacher. “When they walk into the classroom and see the Orff instruments lined up, they are immediately excited and ready to learn. And with the variety of instruments, students are able to hear different timbres and have the opportunity to play different sizes.”
Each student has their own individual instrument during class time. Before the NEEF grant, students had to share or take turns which took away from student engagement.
“Because of the high cost of instruments, we would never be able to afford a class set on our budgets,” added Hackett. “With outside funding, each student is able to participate. We are so grateful for the NEEF grant.”
View picture and story as well as other NEISD news: http://www.neisd.net/ComRel/documents/NENewsNov2013.pdf