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.

 


Volunteer Opportunities

SEF Treasurer Position

The SEF is currently seeking someone to shadow this year’s treasurer.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Toni Alcantar at tma@bluedoglaw.com.

This position is VERY important, and the SEF cannot operate without filling this role. The hours are completely predictable and 99% of this role can be done from the comfort of your own home at your own convenience. There are some due dates that must be adhered to for Government reporting; however, the 10-15 hours per month for regular book keeping can be set at your own convenience. Please apply or refer someone you know who would like to add this role to their resume while assisting our amazing school!

 


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Friday May 3rd at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington

Ian Leonard will be the emcee and the evening will be full of food, dancing, games and fun.  Tickets go on sale in early April so look for more communication to come.  You can also purchase discounted tickets for teachers and interns!

As we strive to make this event more fun each year, we need your help making it a success! We are in need of donations for the Live and Silent Auction as well as Wine donations for the Cork Pull.  If you have ideas or would like to donate something, contact the Cinco Chair, Esra Riggs, at esra_riggs@yahoo.com.

Cinco Volunteers & Auction Donations Needed

There are several categories where volunteers are needed such as set up, greeting guests, take down, and making sure the interns have rides home.  In addition, we need volunteers to run the Cork Pull.  Use this Sign Up Genius for donation ideas as well as tasks you can volunteer for. Come be part of the team and help us put a great celebration together.

Live & Silent Auction Preview

You will have the opportunity to bid on some wonderful live and silent auction items again this year at the Fiesta.  Here is a sneak peek for some of the fun activities awaiting your bid.

 


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.

 


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
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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