Englewood Education Foundation plans to include a 20th anniversary celebration as part of this year’s Nov. 7 fall fling. “The Fall Fling is our …
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Englewood Education Foundation plans to include a 20th
anniversary celebration as part of this year’s Nov. 7 fall
“The Fall Fling is our major annual fundraising event,” said
Mary Dounay, EEF president. “The proceeds from last year’s Fall
Fling went a long way toward helping us fund two major projects.
The projects included awarding about $12,000 in scholarships to
2008 graduates of Englewood High School and Colorado’s Finest
Alternative High School, plus this fall we were able to provide
more than $25,000 in creativity grants to teachers in our
This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 and it will be held in
the community room on the second floor of the Englewood Civic
Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway.
A ticket to Englewood Education Foundation’s Fall Fling provides
admission to the event that features food, live music by
professional performer Brian Leonard, an Englewood High School
graduate, a silent auction and a live auction.
A variety of items have been donated for the auctions, including
a baseball signed by Colorado Rockies player Troy Tulowitzki and
one signed by Garrett Action as well as wine gift sets. Again this
year, items expected to receive a lot of silent auction attention
are the art chairs.
Each child-size chair is an original, created by the artist for
the auction. Those creating chairs include artists, teachers and
community business leaders.
Tickets are $50 per person. For information on the event or to
buy tickets, call 303-761-4021.
The Fall Fling was to be a one-time event a few years ago but,
in 2002, the event is held annually as the major EEF fundraiser
In 1989, school administration Larry Nisbet met with a group of
supporters to help the schools and the result was establishment of
the Englewood Education Foundation.
He explained the foundation was created to set up the
organization and the process needed to raise donations of money and
materials to support school programs not funded through the
The initial foundation project was awarding creativity grants
which provide full or partial funding for projects that aren’t
budget items. A few years later, the scholarships were added but a
lot of focus remained on the creativity grants.
The creativity grant program begins when the call goes out for
applications. Teachers, either alone or as a team, prepare their
requests or submit them to the foundation.
This year, the foundation was able to fund about $25,000 in
creativity grants. Projects funded included establishing a model
rocket club for middle and high school students, building a
greenhouse for use in studying biology and programs to help
students new to the language improve their fluency in English.
One of the projects selected for continued funding this year is
the elementary school program offering after school violin and
cello lessons called Strings Attached.
Strings Attached was established as a pilot program at the
beginning of the 2002-03 school year and marked the first time in
about two decades Englewood elementary school students have had the
opportunity to take beginning music lessons through the
once-a-week, after school program.
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