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.


Latest News

From Intern Coordinator Daniela Garcia:

The Interns enjoyed a restful and restorative winter break. Although their “winter break” looked different than previous years, they had the opportunity to create new special moments with friends and family. On January 11th, we had our first Intern meeting of the year where the interns shared some of their winter break moments. Some interns spent time with each other while others visited family in other states. Maura Herrera, EHSI Intern from El Salvador, shared that every new year she would watch the Rose Parade on Television with her grandpa. This year, she was able to go to California and be there LIVE. It was an extraordinary experience for Maura although she truly missed her grandpa.

It was great to hear all the amazing things the interns have been doing so far and the plans they have this upcoming year. Now that we’re all back in school, I am looking forward to all the events that spring brings such as our CInco de Mayo Fiesta. Thanks for all your love and support you bring to our Intern Program!

To learn more about the interns in our schools, please visit the intern program page.

Meet the 2022-23 Interns

      
Alejandra Cortez        Nina Busquets Costas     Karla Rivera
El Salvador                  Spain                                   El Salvador
Kindergarten              Kindergarten                      1st Grade

      
Melani Cortes               Alex Ramirez                 Aina Cortacans
Colombia                       El Salvador                     Spain
1st Grade                       2nd Grade                       2nd Grade

      
Lucas Gonzalez               Silvia Martinez         Anthony Umanzor
Spain                                  Spain                          El Salvador
3rd Grade                          3rd Grade                  4th Grade

      
Maura Herrera                Elkin Raiño                    Catalina Salazar
El Salvador                       Colombia                        Chile
5th Grade                          CMS                                 CMS


Jose Gil
Colombia
Eden Prairie High School


Volunteers Needed!

We have quite a number of open committee positions, varying in time and commitment levels throughout the entire year. This link shows a detailed list of all of the open positions we are in need of volunteers for. You can sign up on the SEF Open Positions Sign Up Genius to volunteer for any of these positions. If you would like to discuss any of these positions further before committing, please feel free to reach out to SEF Chair Mary Krebs, mpkrebs9@gmail.com.

We are in need of a Host Family Coordinator for next year. Please contact Mary Krebs if you can take on this role.

We are also starting to interview interns for next year so are looking for Host and Buddy families.

Buddy Family Application – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0lInQ_zWsZz3aTF2aMGx3wlrxBgPjgsGMyOv8eDzEyuM2Xg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Host Family Application – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0Y1vr30thCU07ZX2NH66s3j8qGxUT56_QcH2nX5OgM0BipQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please contact Mary Krebs if you have questions on any of these rewarding opportunities.

Fundraising

Thank you to all who participated in the Teacher Time Raffle! It was our biggest year yet with over $6,900 added to our SEF fund! Your support was greatly appreciated!!

Save the Date!!

Friday, May 6th at the MN Valley Country Club, the SEF will be hosting our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta/Fundraiser.  This is an adults-only event that is a fantastic celebration of our interns, teachers and the amazing community we share as families with children at Eagle Heights (past and present). Dinner, music, an auction, beer pong and other games are all a part of this fun-filled evening! Stay tuned for more info regarding donating auction items and volunteer opportunities for this wonderful event.

Annual Contributions

Annual Contributions are the SEF‘s main source of funding for the Intern Program. We receive no financial support from the school district or schools. The intern program is 100% parent funded. Our goal for the 2022-23 school year is to raise $100,000. If we do not reach our goal we may need to reduce the number of interns in our schools. Our suggested annual contribution is $150/child.

You can make your annual contribution below or online at www.spanisheducationfund.org.  You can also set up budget friendly monthly payments via PayPal using the subscribe button!

Your support is vital to the continuation of this important component of our children’s immersion education.  Thank you for your support!

Employer matching
Don’t forget… employer matching and workplace-based donation campaigns are another source of funding for the intern program. Many employers will match their employee’s donation, doubling the gift. Several families participate in these each year. To find out if your company matches, contact your human resources department.




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



Checks

Make checks payable to the Spanish Education Fund and mail to:

SEF Treasurer
c/o Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School
13400 Staring Lake Parkway

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

SEF Federal Tax ID# 27-0584708

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