Eanes Education Foundation (EEF) funds 32 Teacher & Staff positions
Tomorrow is the last day of school, and we all want to thank our teachers for a great year...but how?
Here's the secret to thanking your teachers.
THE GOLDEN RULE OF TEACHER GIFTING: AVOID ANYTHING WITH AN APPLE THEME
The tradition of giving an apple to your teacher has been around since the 1800s, but the original purpose was to actually feed the teacher. Teachers can thank Bing Crosby for solidifying the tradition with his 1939 song, "An Apple For The Teacher". Yes, the classic teacher theme has been apples for many years, but unfortunately you can have too many apple themed items.
BREAK THE CYCLE OF APPLE GIFTING
How do you show your teacher that they truly are The World's Greatest Teacher?
Heartfelt gratitude. Many teachers agree that the best gifts they have received are the ones that are truly heartfelt. The child or parent who takes the time to sit down and write a note about how much they appreciate all that a teacher has done for their child. These don't take up space on a shelf, add inches to the waistline, or otherwise place any requirement on the teacher. Gratitude is truly a perfect gift, so let your teachers (and all those other helpful people in the school) know how much you appreciate them.
Thank your teacher with a gift that benefits them. The Eanes Education Foundation Teacher Fund allows the district to put more teachers in our schools, continue their education and ensure excellence in our district.
And to make it simple and meaningful, when you make an honorary gift to EEF, your teacher receives an email instantly with your message of gratitude. Imagine your teacher's inbox flooded with messages of thanks on the last day of school.
Don't forget your principals, librarians, nurses and staff.
The EEF Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the EEF Board unanimously approved Kathi Haralson, as our new EEF Executive Director. Kathi will step into the role on March 21 to begin a transition period with Wally Moore who announced his plans to pursue other interests earlier this year.
Kathi brings nearly 25 years of professional and volunteer non-profit leadership to the EEF Executive Director role, having served most recently as Director of Development for Partnerships for Children where she grew the organization's donor base and fundraising by 20 to 30 percent each year over the last few years. As a parent and volunteer, Kathi has served our district at every level and is known by all for her collaborative approach to achieving goals. She is also well known to our EEF community. As former EEF Vice President of Development, Kathi has provided counsel and leadership to our current fundraising initiatives and to the development of our EEF strategic plan - our roadmap for taking our foundation and its contributions to our district to the next level. As past EEF Gala Chair, Kathi instituted several best practices that grew and reinvigorated the event and expanded its fundraising capacity.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank Wally for his leadership and his many years of service to EEF and our community, including seven years as Executive Director and six years as a Board Member. As Executive Director, Wally led EEF through a period of significant growth, expanding the Foundation's contributions to the district 91 percent from 2009 to today, raising $13 million to collectively fund 183 teachers who have literally touched the lives of thousands of students.
We hope to see you at the EEF Gala presented by Lexus of Austin onFebruary 27th for "Lights, Camera, Excellence!" where together we will "wrap" production on our efforts to raise more than $2 million to fund 40 teaching positions district-wide next year and where we will thank Wally for his outstanding leadership and welcome Kathi to her new role.