Ways You Can Make an Impact
Join Team NEISD and make a real difference!
By donating the cost of just one cup of coffee, you can help us fund our Innovative Grants program. Better yet, your donation is tax-deductible.
You are invited to a fabulous night at the Denim, Diamonds & Dreams Gala
March 2, 2024!
At our Gala, we work magic to fund the coolest projects in NEISD schools, ensuring students get the most awesome experiences and rock their success!
We Strengthen Public Education
Since 1986, the North East Educational Foundation has supported North East ISD by raising funds for the District’s most innovative initiatives – impacting thousands of students each and every day. Innovative projects funded include studio equipment for campus news and podcasts, virtual-augmented reality experiences and STEAM labs that enrich all areas of education. Together, we can continue to support educational excellence and maximize student success.
Every year, NEEF opens the grant application process to NEISD Educators. Once the applications are submitted, the NEEF Grants Committee select the grant recipients. This year, NEEF presented $271,049 in grants! More than 30 teachers and staff received grants during the Innovative Grants Celebration Week.
Among them, Paul Fritz, a teacher at DATA-Roosevelt, was surprised with a grant for $42,688, to build out their studio space and use cutting edge software. Mr. Fritz will purchase the same software that was used to create scenes in “The Mandalorian”, a Disney+ production. Unity and Unreal Engine software are used in a variety of fields such as, CAD design, architecture, video game production, and film. With the state-of-the-art production facility and equipment, students will be better prepared for these highly specialized careers.
NEISD is molding the next generation of healthcare technicians at the Career and Technical Education Center. A $51,000 grant was distributed to Walter Pearson, instructor of the Emergency Medical Technician program, for an ambulance simulator. It will feature a full-size ambulance patient compartment where students can conduct realistic simulations for medical and trauma patients. Partnering with UT Health Science Center, the program prepares students for certification, which will qualify graduates to work for an EMS or fire department.
Our Work in Action
When Rosa Toma upgraded Wetmore's STEAM Lab with items purchased through the NEEF Grant, she noticed a significant increase in collaboration, inventiveness, and creativity among her students. Not...
Even a small donation can make a big impact! The Bradley Chess Club used to be limited to only accommodating three chess games, which meant that only a few students could participate. However,...
At the beginning of the school year, NEEF gave away $259K in grants to NEISD teachers for innovative educational projects. There were so many to write about, so we listed a few here. Among the...