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.
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.
The student led SEF Coin Drive is taking place during Friendship Week. The SEF’s intention is to make Friendship Week synonymous with the Intern Coin Drive.
Our theme this year is “We LOVE & COUNT on our interns.
Bring your money to your classroom from February 11-15 and let’s fill up the buckets!
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Save the Date
This year’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be on Friday May 3rd at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. Tickets go on sale in early April and more communication will arrive as the date approaches. You can also purchase discounted tickets for our wonderful teachers and Interns. Mark your calendars for this fun filled evening!
With just 4 months until this year’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, the SEF would like to showcase some of the fabulous prizes that were up for auction.
This month we are featuring the winners of a spa date donated by Esra Riggs and Heather King. Their daughters assisted as spa beauticians to 4 middle school students. Parents of one winner, Eric & Shanda Langaard, said “Thank you very much for hosting such an awesome spa party!! The girls were so excited to tell us about all the fun they had and how creative it was. Thanks for the gift bags of spa goodies too. The pictures were amazing. The girls were all glowing when they got home. We appreciate all the time and effort you put into this!”.
Last Year Fiesta Live Prizes:
- Elton John concert tickets & Dinner for two (two packages)
- Week Long condo vacation
- Tailgate Party and Vikings game tickets in the MinksNest!
Social Media Update
EHSI is on Twitter!
Get sneak peeks into your student’s art, gym and music classes. Enjoy seeing the exciting educational activities going on in classrooms all over Eagle Heights, intern professional development, information on school sponsored events and celebrations as well as catching the interns in action in the classroom.
Follow @EPEaglesEHSI to get up-to-date information about all things Spanish Immersion!
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.
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.
To learn more about other SEF volunteer opportunities, check out our Volunteer page.
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
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.
Make checks payable to the Spanish Education Fund and mail to:
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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