NBAEF and ECMC Group provide more than $27,000 in grants to NBAPS staff.
On Monday, Feb. 13, representatives of the North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF), including President Kim Theis, Treasurer Terry Nelson, and Directors Mindy Lattimore, Tammy Hoveland, and Joan Audette, were on hand at North Branch Area Public Schools to surprise staff with over $27,000 in grants - including those funded by a $10,000 donation from the ECMC Group.
In all, the NBAEF funded seven grants including:
Three additional grants were funded by ECMC Group, including:
“I am so grateful for the creative ideas that our staff have to expand learning opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Sara Paul, adding, “Through the support community members provide through donations to the NBAEF, and the financial support from the ECMC Group, we are able to expand on the creativity of our staff. Thank you NBAEF and ECMC Group!”
“A year of fundraising and reviewing grant applications culminates in this wonderful day once a year,” said NBAEF President Kim Theis. “It is such a pleasure to see the surprise and joy on the faces of staff and students when they learn that their proposals have been funded. We are already looking forward to next February!”
To learn more about the NBAEF, go to www.nbaef.org.
2021 Has been a year of Recovery … recovery from Covid, from mask mandates, from distance learning, from zoom meetings, from work home offices, from vaccine indecision, from obstacles and from opportunities.
As we recover from the chaos, the NBAEF was able to move forward with two events this year. Both events were a change from the past.
In July, our Wine Tasting was so much Fun! It brought the Community together for a small event which included a Wine Tasting, Charcuterie Boards, Swag Bags, Raffle Drawings, Gifts, Conversation and Laughter!
In October, our Annual Fundraiser was a change from the Perfect 10 Gala to a Casino Royale ‘Get Lucky at The Perfect 10’! Bringing the Community together for a night of Gaming! The event was so much Fun, Cocktails, Food, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Fund-A-Dream, Angel Fund, Raffles, Friends and so much Laughter!
This year’s events raised approximately $36,000 for the Kids of North Branch Area Public Schools! Bringing the total to $374,500 since 2008!
We are looking forward to our 2022 Events: Restaurant Week, Lip Sync Battle, Designer Purse Bingo, Wine Tasting, and The Perfect 10!
As we move forward into 2022, we are looking for new Members to ‘Join Our Team’ on the Board of Directors! Our vision is to create a legacy of educational support in our community by building a network of individuals and organizations! Dedicated to enhancing student opportunities to achieve excellence for the students of North Branch Area Public Schools ISD-138!
None of this is possible without the support, dedication, and commitment from our Board of Directors, our Sponsors, our Donors, our Volunteers, and our Attendees! Your continued enthusiasm for the North Branch Area Education Foundation is greatly appreciated!
Together, we can do great things!
~ Kim Theis, President
Thank You, Jim Jorgenson!
This year marks the 11th year that our Master of Ceremony, Jim Jorgenson, has supported our "Perfect 10" event and continues to donate his time and auctioneer talents. He has helped us raise funds to support the North Branch Area Public Schools ISD-138. Since its formation in 2008, NBAEF has awarded over $374,900 in support to enhance programs not covered by traditional funding through local, state, or federal sources.
For 11 years, Jim has been the Emcee for our annual fundraiser. He brings so much fun, excitement, and humor, he grabs the attention of all attendees, getting everyone fired up for bidding on live auction items, announcing raffle winners, making special announcements, thanking our sponsors and volunteers, and keeping our program running smooth. He and his lovely wife, Carrie, are the cutest couple. They attend the events together and she fully supports his cause.
Not only does the NBAEF appreciate his support, time, and talents, we are also lucky to have him reside in North Branch. He does so much for our community. He participates in many local organizations, getting involved, volunteering, promoting, bringing people together. In addition to owning his own business, JJ’s Auction Service, and supporting our local community, he also Emcee’s other events outside our community.
Thank You, Jim, for just being You!
The Event was a SUCCESS! With 99 attendees we raised $34,505 during the three hour event. So much Fun! Cocktails, Food, Gaming, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Fund-A-Dream, Angel Fund, Raffles, Family, Friends, and so much Laughter!
Thank You to our Attendees, our Sponsors, our Master of Ceremonies, our Volunteers, and our Board of Directors! Your continued support of the North Branch Area Education Foundation is greatly appreciated!
The North Branch Area Education Foundation is dedicated to enhancing student opportunities to achieve excellence!
Our fundraisers are only possible by the generous gifts and donations we receive that help support our vision, “to create a legacy of educational support in our community by building a network of individuals and organizations.” Money raised by the Foundation is donated to North Branch Area Public School District ISD-138 through Grants to benefit the students.
Each year, the Grant Committee reviews the grant applications and awards as many as possible. The committee receives about twice as many applications as there is money. Through your generous support of the Foundation Grants, Fund-A-Dream, and Angel Fund, we are able to help our children experience and learn from a teacher or coach who goes above and beyond the norm to create a lifelong learning experience.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, this year we have had to Cancel our ‘Designer Purse Bingo’, our ‘Lip Sync Battle’, and now our ‘Perfect 10 Gala’. We are all living a new normal, everything around us has changed, and this period of time is challenging.
Through this, we want to encourage our educators to submit their grant applications, knowing their requests may be very different than in the past. Our hope, is that we may still be able to honor these grant requests.
We can only hope that you will support our mission and make a donation to help us achieve our vision.
WAYS TO GIVE:
~ Make a donation online at nbaef.org
~ Send a check to 5842 Old Main Street, Suite 7-4, North Branch, MN 55056
~ Contact any Board Member directly.
Together we (parents, community leaders, business leaders, and educators) ARE making a Difference!
Thank You for your continued support of the NBAEF and the students of the North Branch Area Public School District ISD-138!
President, North Branch Area Education Foundation
2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Kim Theis, Terry Nelson, Rebecca Chambers, Jessica Young, Matt Lattimore, Mindy Lattimore, Lori Helms, Jenny Gordner, Brett Carlson, Joan Audette
You may have heard the term “legacy giving” but weren’t sure what it meant. Here’s a basic definition: it is simply planning to make a difference, both for yourself and for a cause that you believe in, through a charitable gift. The goal of such gifts is to “leave a legacy” that can make an impact for future generations.
John and his late wife, Pamela, were both graduates of the North Branch School System. John has decided to honor his Alma Mater by making NBAEF as a Beneficiary on his IRA designated for the Angel Fund.
We are so blessed for this amazing gift. Thank You!
We have made the very difficult decision to Cancel our annual Perfect 10 Gala. The safety of our Community is of the utmost importance to us. We wish you all health and happiness during this time. Hoping the world will improve, and we can all be together again next year, at the Perfect 10 Gala!
Checkout this great article, about our local community, celebrating the Class of 2020!
Signs of the times: Yard signs spotlight North Branch Area High School graduates
Isanti-Chisago County Star
Please take a moment to drive by and Celebrate our 2020 Seniors! What an Amazing Tribute!
Thank You to MJ Collins Photography, PosteHaste, and Volunteers for making this such a Special Celebration!
So Very Proud of Our Community! Small Town Strong!
- Board of Directors
North Branch Area Education Foundation
So Very Proud of Our Education Community!
The North Branch Area Education Foundation is in awe of our Education Teams; which includes all staff members, teachers, bus drivers, facility staff, food service staff, janitorial staff, directors, principals, superintendent and leadership!
We watch the NBAPS postings regarding preparation and execution of a new type of learning, Distance Learning! A unique concept for students, teachers, and parents!
From educational materials, online learning, home offices, building shut down preparations, student meal preparation and distribution, communications, and technology infrastructure to make Distance Learning possible!
We applaud your swift action planning, to continue educating our students, in this new and unique learning experience! Thank You, all, for caring about the students of North Branch Area Public Schools and their right and privilege to continue learning!
- Board of Directors,
North Branch Area Education Foundation