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

The SEF is excited to welcome 13 new interns this year to Eagle Heights, CMS and the high school. Our interns come from Colombia (3), Spain (4), Chile (1) and El Salvador (5).  The interns are very excited to meet families, get to know students, assist teachers, improve their English, share their culture, and explore Minnesota and the United States. 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


Fundraising

Teacher Time Raffle (TTR)

Teacher Time Raffle is back the week of December 5th-9th!  TTR is sponsored by the Spanish Education Fund (SEF) and gives students the opportunity to win a special activity or event that the teachers and administrators of EHSI have so generously donated! Money raised goes directly to help fund our amazing International Intern Teaching Program at EHSI.  Packets with raffle tickets will be going home with your child the week of Thanksgiving- just in time to give thanks to our incredible Eagle Heights Staff by helping finance next year’s incoming Interns!  The Interns provide support to our teachers in so many ways, as well as provide your child with the valuable lesson of cultural diversity.  Please help break our record set last year of $6,590! Join in the fun of TTR to show your support!

Here are links to the TTR list of donated events/activities and raffle tickets.
TTR list of donated events/activities by EHSI teachers and staff
TTR tickets to submit

Teacher Time Raffle Entries MUST be received by December 9th at 9AM to be valid.

Annual Contribution

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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