Welcome to the Spanish Education Fund

The Spanish Education Fund (SEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2009. Our purpose is to raise money and recruit parent volunteers to support the International Teaching Intern Program at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School (K-6), Central Middle School (7-8) and Eden Prairie High School (9-12).

Interns from Spanish speaking countries from around the world assist teachers and students in classrooms at these schools, providing a unique educational resource that has been proven extremely valuable to language acquisition, by bring their language and cultures to life. As a result, students become more confident in their ability to communicate in Spanish and create connections to people and places outside of their own world.

In addition to fundraising, we work with school staff to review and select intern candidates, recruit host and buddy families for the interns from our parent community for the duration of their stay, collect donations of winter clothing, organize parent volunteers to provide transportation for interns, and many other things to ensure interns have a positive experience while in the U.S. gaining valuable experience in the field of education.

 


Our Mission

Support the Eden Prairie Spanish immersion program, through sustainable funding, to host the best volunteer international Spanish speaking interns and provide other educational and cultural resources.

 


Annual Contributions to Date

As 2017 is ending, our goal is 80% of families contributing toward the interns through Annual Contributions in order to reduce our other fundraising efforts.

Here is an update of where we are right now!

  • $46,500 raised through Annual Contributions – GOAL: $80,000
  • $1,600 in corporate matching
  • 164 EHSI families have donated or 28% – GOAL: 80% of families
  • 65 high school families have contributed

We have raised enough funds through Annual Contributions and TTR to invite 9 interns for next year, our goal is 16 interns.

If you have not made your contribution yet, please know that every little bit counts, and we encourage all families to participate at whatever level that they can.

If you are inclined and able to contribute on behalf of a family that cannot, we can add you to our amazing list of anonymous angels who give above what is asked!

High school parents can still contribute to the program as well! Just go online or send your contributions to school with your student to give to their Spanish teacher.

 


This Month’s Newsletter

CLICK HERE to view the current SEF newsletter and stay up-to-date on everything about the intern program and SEF.

Looking for a past issue of our newsletter? You can find them on our Resources page under Newsletters.

 


Volunteering

Intern Transportation Drivers

A great way to meet your child’s intern is to volunteer for a transportation shift.  Driving the interns to or from a meeting or activity just once a quarter (or month!) is a wonderful way to hear about your child’s classroom and all they are learning.

Sign up on the Intern Transportation Website for a shift on the Monthly Driving Schedule or contact the Intern Transportation Coordinator, Sarah Bailey, at sarahb11278@gmail.com.

To learn more about other SEF volunteer opportunities, check out our Volunteer page.

 


FUNDRAISING

The International Teaching Intern Program is 100% funded by parent contributions to our Annual Contributions Campaign and employer matching programs. We receive no financial support from the school district or schools.

Our goal is for families to make their contribution at Open House in August each year or online in August or September. The suggested contribution is $150 per student or whatever amount works in your family’s budget.  It’s the easiest way to support the intern program… write one check at the beginning of the school year, and you are done!

The most important aspect is that EVERY immersion family contributes some amount to the program to help share the financial burden of the program as all of our children benefit from this unique educational resource in some way.

 

Make Your Annual Contribution

Annual Contribution

Did you know… 100% of your Annual Contribution goes to the SEF and is the primary source of funding for the International Teaching Intern Program? It’s easy to contribute, just use the donate button below.




Monthly Annual Contribution

Want to spread out your Annual Contribution into budget friendly monthly payments? Select a monthly payment option from the drop down menu and click the SUBSCRIBE button below instead to make monthly Annual Contribution donations.


Monthly Payment Options



 

 

 

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