Over 110 children and parents joined the second annual River Eves Education Foundation (REEF) and Studio Movie Grill “Kindergarten Morning at the Movies” event on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Parents learned about and the vision the Foundation has to ensure that all attending students have every advantage in technology and science to compete in the 21st century. River Eves teachers Jeannie Jones, Tammy Trepte, Cindy Goodwin and Principal Neil Pinnock were also in attendance to meet the new families and answer their questions about the school.
“Our second annual Studio Movie Grill event was a tremendous success,” said incoming REEF President, Jennifer Walley. “We are proud to host a fun event for our newest Eagles, as well as meet our new parents and gather their feedback on the areas they feel are important at the school.”
Since establishing the River Eves Education Foundation in 2009, the organization has raised enough capital to provide Promethean ActivBoards in every instructional classroom in the school, as well as a new sound system for the cafeteria. This summer, the Foundation purchased a new iPad Mobile Lab and a new sound system for the Media Center. Purchases are also in progress on six document cameras for each grade, which will provide additional depth and flexibility to class lessons.
“We are very fortunate to have the Foundation at River Eves,” said Kindergarten teacher Jeannie Jones. “Having ActivBoards and other leading technology in the classroom has literally changed the face of how we teach and is a powerful tool for engaging students of all ages.”
Because 100 percent of the funds raised by the Foundation go directly to the school, parents see how they can make a direct impact on the capital purchases that are not covered in school budgets.
“I started attending REEF events before I even had a child at River Eves,” said new REEF Board Member and Kindergarten parent Teri Fischer. “I have always believed in technology and it is exciting to see first-hand the impact it is having in our classrooms even at the Kindergarten level. I am looking forward to doing my part to further support the cause."
The River Eves Education Foundation has initiated its annual planning period, conducting teacher and parent surveys to establish the priorities for the year.
“The partnership we have with both the Foundation and our PTA is really fantastic. It is exciting to realize the goals we set to further the education of our children,” said Principal Neil Pinnock.
River Eves Elementary School is located at 9000 Eves Road in Roswell. The annual REEF fundraising campaign is set to kick-off in late Fall 2012. For more information on the River Eves Education Foundation, visit the website.