NEF Prize Patrol breaks record for most grants awarded

November 9, 2012

This past week, the Northside Education Foundation made history when it doled out $173,000 in grants one time.

NEF shattered its previous record of $114,000 in team grants in 2011.

Over the course of three days, NEF Prize Patrols – accompanied by mascots Apple Eddie Junior, Apple Annie, and Apple Eddie – visited 80 campuses to surprise 387 grant recipients (see slide show).

Fisher Elementary School (pictured) also made history by receiving 19 grants worth more than $8,600 – the most grants ever given to one campus at a time. And, eight other schools received 10 or more grants: Rudder Middle School and Behlau, Cody, Helotes, Henderson, May, Ott, and Raba elementary schools.

The more money NEF raises through donations and fundraisers, the more it can give to teachers to support classroom projects, said Bonnie Ellison, Director of School-Business-Community Partnerships.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community members, our business partners and our employees this past year, we significantly increased our number of grants,” Ellison said. “We are extraordinarily grateful, because this money has a direct impact on students.”

This time around, grants ranged from about $200 to $500 and will be used to fund a wide variety of projects in all subject areas, including “Writing for the Real World” at Steubing Elementary School, “Math in a Flash” at Rudder Middle School, and “Vegetable Garden” at Jay High School. Click here to see a full list of grant recipients and their projects listed by campus.

The next deadline to apply online for an NEF grant is Feb. 14, 2013.