EEF Receives $25,000 from Eugene Hearing and Speech Center Closure

IMG_1201The Eugene Education Foundation is proud to announce a $25,000 gift from the closure of the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center. The mission of the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center was “To provide the highest quality evaluation, treatment, education and advocacy for individuals with communication disorders,” and School District 4J was recognized because of our adherence to that mission and our outstanding work for students with communication challenges.

Katie Mason, Speech-Language Pathologist with 4J, says, “EHSC was a fixture in the Eugene community for decades, positively impacting families and children to encourage growth in communication skills and providing an affordable avenue to resources.  Our 4J Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) group collaborated with their speech language pathologists and audiologists to make the best possible treatment plans for families for many, many years.  We remember their therapists with great fondness and wholeheartedly support the mission of the agency to provide access to effective, evidence-based treatment to families. The SLP group is honored to carry on this mission with this generous contribution.  We will be able to update and add to the evidence-based materials we can use with clients.  In addition, we wish to provide ongoing meaningful, targeted professional development for our SLPs to encourage the spirit of collaboration, sharing of ideas and remaining current in an ever-changing professional field.”

Teamwork for Teeth

The Eugene Education Foundation and School District 4J are excited to announce a partnership with the Lane County Medical Society and Lane County Dental Society to help fund our “Miles of Smiles” program. This program provides cleanings at LCC, oral health education, and restorative dental care to some of the neediest students in our community. LCMS contributed $3,500 and LCDS contributed $1,400, ensuring that hundreds of 4J students have access to dental care.

Dental pain is one of the leading causes of absences for K-12 students, and for many of their parents, accessing dental care is nearly impossible. Oral health is a critical factor in the healthy development of children. With these services, our students can attend school pain-free and ready to learn. We’re so thankful for the support of the Lane County Medical and Dental Societies!

Celebrating Innovation at EEF’s 2017 Annual Dinner!

A Message from President of the Board, Deb Carver

Dear EEF Friends,

Our annual fundraising event was a tremendous success! Thank you for your generosity and your passionate support for public education. Because of you, we were able to raise a total of $110,000 for EEF’s grants to schools and district-wide programs. Beyond your financial commitment, your enthusiasm and commitment was clearly evident throughout the evening, and that energy is priceless.

We are on a very positive trajectory for EEF.  Our visibility and capacity for supporting our students has grown considerably over the past few years.  The Board in most grateful for your contributions, your interest, and your friendship.  There is so much work to do, but there are few things that are worth more than our kids’ education.

Thank you,

Deb Carver, President of the Board

Parents, Schools, and EEF: Powerful Partnerships

EEF is proud to partner with schools and part groups across the district to support their efforts to fundraise for specific needs for their schools, including staffing. EEF works with dozens of schools to make fundraising drives, jog-athons, and other events successful, and helps securely steward hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

Our professionally-trained fundraising staff is here to support your school! Working with EEF minimizes financial risk for parent volunteers and gives you access to the support and benefits of a full-time 501(c)(3). Among the many services we can offer you are:

  • Banking services: We can receive and deposit your checks and cash through our partnership with Pacific Continental Band, and transfer the funds to your school account with 4J.
  • Provide you with a list of donors and contacts
  • Editorial support for your fundraising letters
  • Donation remittance envelopes
  • Online donation pages just for your school or event
  • Square credit-card services at your event

Please contact Dana Fleming, Fundraising Manager and Schools Liaison, to discuss how we can support your school.

Students Blast Off with EEF!

With EEF’s support, Eugene middle and high school students have been aiming high, and now their work is going to launch. An experiment designed by local middle school students soon will fly to the International Space Station in low earth orbit to be conducted by astronauts in microgravity.

The international Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) will send student-designed microgravity experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) on Mission 9, expected to launch in summer 2016. An experiment designed by three students at Eugene’s Arts & Technology Academy will be part of the payload.

Eugene School District 4J’s Arts & Technology Academy, a neighborhood middle school with an innovative STEM-focused program, has been participating in the hands-on space science program this year along with other schools in participating communities across the United States and Canada.

The selected student experiment, “SLIPS in microgravity,” will join the Mission 9 payload along with experiments from students in 20 other communities across the United States and Canada.

The “SLIPS in microgravity” experiment was designed by a team of three 8th grade students at Arts & Technology Academy. Team members Kobe Skidmore, Ray Newell and Garrett Price propose to test whether SLIPS — the world’s slipperiest substance, inspired by properties from the pitcher plant — has the same properties in a microgravity environment as it does on Earth. The SLIPS material makes a solid surface, once coated, so slippery that no liquid can touch the face of the solid. The student team hopes to determine whether the SLIPS material could lend itself to the future design and maintenance of space equipment.

Arts & Technology Academy has been able to bring the SSEP experience to students in their STEM-focused programs thanks to the generous support of many local companies and community members from the Eugene–Springfield area and beyond. In fall 2015, the schools’ proposal to participate in the program was accepted, but funding was needed to cover the costs. Local technology firms, foundations and community members rallied to the call and contributed the $23,000 needed to make the program possible.