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.

 


Student Coin Drive Results

A great big thank you to the kids (and parents) for such a successful coin drive.  Students this year collected an impressive $3623.11, making this the largest collection in the last two years!

Sra. Siepmann’s 3rd grade class won the Coin Drive Challenge.  They get the honor of dumping ice cold water on Sr. Moncada, Sr. Hegland and their intern.  Congratulations to Sra. Siepmann’s class!

 


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

The SEF would like to thank all the parents, staff, teachers from all three school locations as well as our interns that attended this year’s 13th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. This was a special year as we celebrated the first Spanish Immersion class graduating from grade 12, and we look forward to the next twelve years of continued success.

Our sincere thanks also goes out to our incredible emcee, Ian Leonard from Fox9 News, as well as our Principal, Sr. Moncada and Assistant Principal, Sr. Heglund. Their combined enthusiasm truly makes this celebration so special!

It was an amazing evening of food, dancing, games, photo booth, as well as learning a great deal about each of our interns through their personalized poster boards. The presentations were wonderful, and the Intern speech and video were incredibly heartwarming.

Through the LIVE Auction, SILENT Auction, Cork Pull, Beer Pong Tournament and ticket purchases, we raised $16,000.  Much of the success was the result of the many Kindergarten and NEW incoming Kindergarten parents attending this event for the first time. Thank you SO much for coming to learn what this Immersion community is all about and to support its continued success.

Mark your calendar for next year… Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club.  Look for incentives for first time attendees…details to come in the next school year!

 


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



Checks

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

SEF Treasurer
9570 Sky Lane
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

SEF Federal Tax ID# 27-0584708

 

 

 

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