Help us PowerUp This Spring!


A Message from Genny Tuggey

Evansdale Parent and President of the Evansdale Education Foundation

Dear Parents and Friends of Evansdale:

Perhaps you’ve seen the “PowerUP” flyer that mentions the spring fundraiser, a party at the Vista Room Friday 3/24/2017.
Perhaps you:

  • Wondered…if a band party in the community is your thing?
  • Thought…it sounded expensive, or ‘not another fundraiser’?
  • Realized… you had a conflict, and couldn’t come anyway?

We wanted to send a note to our families to answer these questions … and explain

Why We Need You to Help us ‘PowerUP’ any way you can:

  • STEM & iPads. Our school is inches away from becoming STEM certified, as early as this spring.  But certified or not, Evansdale has made miles of progress influencing the way teachers engage students, and the way students approach problems and teamwork, really simulating the way we work productively and better preparing our kids for JOBS.  iPads have critical content that help enable the STEM process and we simply do not have enough of them.
  • Technology – No one needs to convince you that a screen engages your kids more than a hand-out. And no one needs to remind you that adults don’t work with hand-outs and text books in our real jobs — technology changes and enables the way we work.  While there are considerations for screen time limits they are often balanced by tremendous academic advantages to incorporating technology in the classroom responsibly – for example, engaging children of all learning style types, and facilitating participation among kids who do not typically speak up.  And we simply do not have enough iPads.
  • Large classrooms – Evansdale has been tackling ways to make large class sizes better for each child through Gifted Certification, and Differentiated Learning instruction – which helps teachers meet kids where they are, even though kids are at different levels in the same class. iPads can help continue this momentum, engaging parts of the class at different times, and helping each child make progress at their own level, all trackable to teachers.
  • Investment, not an expense. Does it sound expensive? If 150 out of our 450+ families give $100 — we are past goal.  I think of it as investment, not an expense, in my kids, our neighborhood school, and community.  It is cheaper than a tutor, but perhaps as effective as we influence the way kids are engaged and supported in classrooms.  And it is way cheaper than private school, but gives our school the same advantages some private schools have.
  • Gratitude, legacy. It’s even a chance to say thank you, and give back.  Donors at the $300 level can have customized permanent stickers attached to the new iPads.  Kids will turn them over to see who helped the school.  You can thank a teacher who especially reached your child; you can celebrate your child/ren. “This iPad was given by the Tuggey family, celebrating Grady, Porter and Emerson and their hard work!”

I may come on a little strong and I’m sorry!  But I have seen it pay off in our kids, in the strength of their friendships and performance as they go on to Henderson Middle School.  Elementary school can feel long, but it’s such a fast narrow window and opportunity to be there, to participate, to support, to believe.

If you can come March 23rd, be a part of it!!

If you can’t come to the party, donate at any level to show that you believe, too!

In fact, 12 teachers have already responded they are coming – come thank a teacher!

Thanks for all you do for the kids and school!

Please visit this link to donate (all donations enter the raffle) or buy tickets for the event. Hope to see you there!

With gratitude!

Genny Tuggey,

Evansdale Education Foundation

Eagle Trek 2016 is Coming Soon!

What is Your Super Power?

Here at Evansdale Magnet Elementary this year, our goal for students is to know every day is an opportunity to use their own super powers to make something positive happen — our attention and efforts have enormous potential when we try hard, take pride in our work, and keep our goals in focus.

One of our goals is to launch our annual Eagle Trek Walk-a-thon — our biggest fundraiser of the year —and achieve a goal of raising $55,000 by October 1.  Our 500+ Pre-K to 5th grade students will all actively take part in this effort by pledging to collectively walk hundreds of miles, and competing to collect pledges from family and friends, all of which result in fun fitness while also helping with key investments in the school.  When you support Eagle Trek, everyone wins — our students and families, and our community.

Eagle Trek is September 29th!

Eagle Trek is September 29th!

As you probably know already, Evansdale is one of the most diverse schools in the Lakeside High School feeder school system with a key focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and our growing French Immersion Program. It’s a fact that STEM is becoming a foundation for careers of the future, and fluency in multiple languages is becoming the business acumen of the future. We are proud to be one of the State’s first public immersion schools in French, with students in grades K-3 (so far) spending 50% of the day and subjects in French, and 50% in English. And finally, Evansdale is a Title I school, so investments in Reading Intervention specialists, teacher training, and STEM and Immersion programs have a proven track record of changing the academic success of all students.


Our Fundraiser Kicks Off September 1st!

Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift to your student today. If every student could raise just $110, we would be able to achieve our goal while also helping Evansdale unleash the super power hiding inside your student.  An investment in Evansdale is an investment in tomorrow’s leaders: from scientists, pilots, writers and musicians, to artists, athletes and business leaders … all currently populating the hallways of our tremendous school!



Red, Hot & Blue 2016 Success!

Red, Hot & Blue is a wrap… Thank you, Evansdale!

From the moment our guests walked the red carpet, they knew they were in for an amazing evening. Together we successfully raised nearly $19,000 for our school!

Thank you to everyone who bid online in advance of the event, bought teacher outings, donated to our STEM support fund, kept the bidding going at our auction and raised their hand during our live auction!
The evening was made possible by a group of volunteers comprised of not only our Foundation’s board but also neighbors, alumni families, and more! From decor to live music from our EvansDads, it was a true grassroots event. It was great to see so many new families in addition to our many core supporters.

This spring we will begin the process of identifying new board members for the coming year—individuals willing to help support our fundraising efforts and drive investments for our students, teachers, and school initiatives. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this website for more information.

Eagle Trek 2015 Announces $8,000 Donor Challenge

With less than one week until our Eagles take to the field, the Evansdale Education Foundation is excited to announce that two anonymous donors have challenged our community to meet our fundraising goal with an $8,000 match opportunity through Sunday, September 27th.  All money raised this week will be matched by the donors up to $8,000.

Students are continuing to collect donations from friends and family near and far and canvasing the Evansdale neighborhood with a goal of raising $65,000.  They’ll celebrate their success with the Eagle Trek walk-a-thon on October 1st where every student will walk or run for at least 30 minutes to show their support and excitement for their neighborhood school.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year that benefits both the Evansdale PTA as well as the Foundation. All the money raised stays in our school thanks to the event’s generous sponsors and supports PTA programs including Accelerated Reader, cultural arts assemblies and field trips, grounds beautification and more. The Foundation works with the school’s leadership to make strategic investments including staff. The largest investment to date is the school’s STEM liaison who was hired for the 2015-2016 school year thanks to our generous donors.

Donations can be made by cash or check to any Evansdale student and are 100% tax deductible. You can also easily donate on line by visiting our Eagle Trek page and looking up the name of the student you want to support.


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Eagle Trek 2015 is Here!

For the third year in a row, the Evansdale Education Foundation is partnering with the Evansdale PTA for thelargest fundraiser of the year with a goal of $65,000 between now and October 1st.

Every student, from Pre-K to 5th grade, will put their effort and energy on the line in this fundraiser.  Individual students and classes will compete to collect pledges from family and friends. Eagle Trek a tremendous benefit to our community students and a core pillar of our schools identity.  We invite you to take part in helping our children Dream Big!

Click here to visit our fundraising page– search for a student and DONATE TODAY!

Our largest fundraiser of the year with the Evansdale PTA is happening now!

Our largest fundraiser of the year with the Evansdale PTA is happening now!


All donations are 100% tax deductible

Proceeds from the event and sponsor contributions will benefit both the Evansdale PTA and Education Foundation.   These organizations invest in teacher training, classroom technology and resources, enrichment materials, and additional staffing not provided by the county.  The benefits of these investments are felt by Evansdale students each and every school day.

Perhaps the best part is that we keep more of the money you pledge right here at the school. Kids have done a great job with catalog sales or other items for purchase in previous years and at other schools, but a portion of those proceeds are shared with the managing company. By joining forces, the PTA, the Foundation, and our students are making this happen at our school, and all of the proceeds stay here.

Our theme for the 2015 school year is How Big Can You Dream?  Every day is an opportunity to dream big and work hard to make your dreams come true; our attention and efforts have enormous potential when we try hard, take pride in our work, and keep our goals in focus.

Evansdale Moves Full STEM Ahead with Spring Fundraiser

Click here to go directly to our fundraising page.

Click here to go directly to our fundraising page.

The Evansdale Education Foundation is excited to announce our spring fundraiser: Full STEM Ahead.

Launching today, we are asking our supporters to help us raise $20,000 over the next two months. This campaign will directly support hiring a full-time STEM Coordinator position and bring us one step closer to obtaining certification for our neighborhood school.

This time, we are raising all our money online through a crowdfunding campaign. Why? We want to keep our costs low and ensure as much money as possible stays at Evansdale.

It’s so simple: just click here and choose your donor level. We are encouraging families to consider the level that is the best fit for their family and all donations are tax-deductible. There are great rewards especially for those who donate $75 or $150 since you’ll receive a special invitation to celebrate our a special March 7th donor event. You will not want to miss this! Venue, theme and more will be announced in the days to come but you can secure your spot by donating today.

The campaign is live now until March 6th.

Be social and share! Once you’ve donated, tell your friends and neighbors about why you support STEM at Evansdale by using the social share buttons on the site.

Still have questions? Click here for a full FAQ about this campaign, the history of STEM at Evansdale and more.

Our fundraising platform this spring is Uruut.  Click here to donate now!

Our fundraising platform this spring is Uruut. Click here to donate now!



Full STEM Ahead Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q) for Full STEM Ahead

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Click HERE To Donate!

What is “Full STEM Ahead”?

Full STEM ahead is a fundraising initiative focused on recruiting and hiring a full-time STEM Coordinator for Evansdale’s students and teachers by August 2015.  One of Evansdale’s goals is to become STEM certified and the Foundation was asked to help!Currently we have a computer lab, STEM kits, Promethean boards in every classroom, and tablets on the way – but the teachers urgently need coaching and support to activate this technology in the classrooms.  Full STEM Ahead is a financial movement to step-change the integration of STEM and technology in our children’s daily education experience.

How much money are you trying to raise and what are you using it for?

We hope to raise $20,000 to invest in a full time STEM coordinator teacher position for Evansdale who will begin in the fall of 2015.

What is STEM?

STEM is an educational program that combines Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, rather than teaching them separately, to engage students in problem solving and finding solutions.  It aims to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom to a learning environment that allows students to be more active – discovering, exploring, problem-solving – and when students are more active, they take more ownership of their learning and better develop skills they will need for higher education and the workforce. Studies have shown that most STEM-related jobs pay 26-40% higher than non-STEM jobs and have better job security. By 2018 over 8 million jobs in the United States economy will require a college degree in a STEM discipline.

Why hire a STEM coordinator?

Teachers and students currently have access to promethean boards, lap tops, tablets, and even STEM science kits, but no training or roadmap to integrate these tools into curriculum standards and learning objectives.  A STEM coordinator would help develop grade level learning plans to provide training and guidance to teachers to activate all the technology already available to them. This coordinator would ensure regular integration of engaging lessons via technology; seek out new technologies, programs and opportunities that drive engagement with STEM; and coordinate participation in clubs/competitions that would drive exposure for the school and experience for our children.  He/She would also collaborate with our Outreach Parent to create a basic learning plan to familiarize inexperienced parents with basic digital competence in key ways that will help support/encourage their children and families.

How will this benefit all students?

Our kids are “Digital Natives” – a generation born into networked digital technologies and the skills to use those technologies. Major parts of their lives and daily activities are mediated by digital technologies, and even testing and assessments will be completed online by spring of 2015.  We are receiving the technology and infrastructure we need, but we need dedicated digital capability, planning, coaching and support to help teachers bring it to life in the classroom.  This is the role that a STEM Coach has successfully played for other schools like Briarlake Elementary.  Every student at Evansdale will have more technology integrated into their curriculum, facilitated by the STEM Coordinator. And by becoming STEM certified, more grants and funding will be available to the school.

What is Uruut (crowdfunding) all about?

For this fundraiser we chose to take our campaign online with Uruut, an Atlanta based company that created a platform to help bring together individuals, businesses and foundations to obtain community-level funding.   Our hope is that by using this platform we can reach an even wider audience including business sponsors, and that through the power of social media, and online marketing we can raise funds not only from our community but through our extended networks as well.   Locally,  schools including Lakeside High School, Ashford Park Elementary and the GLOBE Academy have all used Uruut for their recent fundraising projects.

Can I write a check or donate cash? 

Absolutely!  Although this is an online fundraising campaign we will happily take your offline donation in whatever form you chose to pay.  Simply fill out this donor form so we can make sure you receive a receipt and are recognized at the appropriate level.  Return your check or cash to the front office no later than March 2nd.  Unfortunately we can’t display your name on the fundraising website however we will include your giving in our year end donor listing.

Is this tax deductible?  Yes, the Evansdale Education Foundation is a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.  You will automatically receive a receipt when you complete your donation online.   Offline donation receipts will be sent separately and at a later date.

What Happened to Red, Hot and Blue (spring auction?)

For the past 4 years, the foundation has organized and hosted a spring fundraiser that featured a live and silent auction.  This was a ticketed ($30-40 per person) event with a cash bar and a chance to bid on items that would then benefit the Foundation and school as a whole.   These events are fun and effective but require hundreds of volunteer hours (your time!), solicitation from local businesses (who are already spread thin), teacher involvement (they are already so busy) as well as additional costs to host the event. While we love the idea of a gathering to build our community and celebrate our accomplishments, this year the Foundation has decided to scale back to accomplish a single and critical priority, identified by our school’s administration.   And unlike the auction, where ticket prices cover expenses and your auction purchases are not tax write-offs, every dollar you share will go to our effort to recruit a STEM coach, and every dollar is a tax write off.

What is the event on March 7th?

March 7th will be a fun, social event where we can continue to celebrate our accomplishments as a school and a community, recognizing and appreciating our teachers, administration, and valued donors.  There will be food, drinks, and prize drawings, and opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy the ones you know.

Can I buy tickets to the event?

No. To attend the Donor Party you must donate $75 for one entry, $150 for two. This is less than most of us spent to buy tickets, and bid on items at the auction in previous years!

What are you giving away at the event?

We are giving away a variety of items at the event, which will be done by an old fashioned prize drawing. Prizes will be announced throughout the campaign! The more you donate, the more chances you have to win!

How is the foundation different from the PTA?

The Evansdale Education Foundation and PTA are similar in that both organizations focus on providing the best resources and programs available to enhance our children’s early educational experience.  The most important difference is that the Foundation has the freedom to hire STAFF to supplement when the county allocations fall short.  Hiring new teachers, like our Reading Intervention teacher or this STEM Coach, helps improve our student:teacher ratios, differentiated learning opportunities for the kids, and our early intervention reading and math programs.

How can I learn more about the Evansdale Education Foundation?

Please visit our website at and be sure to join our mailing list.  And please consider joining the Board to be a part of fundraising and investment decisions that can help establish Evansdale one of the strongest elementary schools in Dekalb County.

Ok, fine– you’e got my donation.  But I forgot what to do?

Easy!  Just click HERE and donate before March 6, 2015.  Thank you for your continued support!




Eagle Trek Announces $10,000 Anonymous Donor Challenge

Begins Wednesday September 24th

Our Evansdale Eagles have done a great job so far but have a way to go to meet our goal of $65,000.
Here’s your chance to make every dollar count, twice!

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 24, an anonymous donor has agreed to match donations up to $10,000! The donor challenge is 5 days (ends 9/29/14) so make it count!
Remember all the ways you can help make this happen:

Set your fundraising goal for your family and review with your students to get them involved. There are some fun prizes including an unlimited pass for Fantastic Friday at the $1,000 level.

Help your Eagle go door-to-door with the offline pledge form (and ribbons) to ask for support for the Walk-A-Thon. Get out there!

Use your online donation page to email to friends, family, neighbors or colleagues that might be interested in supporting our school. Share your photos and donation page on social media to help spread the word even more. Check out this great video and share it.

Remind all your donors that their contributions are tax-deducible and all the money stays at our school (vs. an outside company) thanks to our generous event sponsors.

Remember families who may not have Evansdale students anymore will still want to support their neighborhood school. We’re all in this together!

EAGLE TREK is Thursday, Oct. 2, and all students participate!

This is the largest fundraiser of the year that benefits both the Evansdale Education Foundation as well as the Evansdale PTA.  


Thank you for helping us take flight this year. 

Eagle Trek 2014 is LIVE!

Mark Your Calendars for October 2nd!

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Evansdale Eagles, are you ready to TAKE FLIGHT?  It’s time for the biggest fundraiser of the year that benefits both our dynamic PTA and supports the Evansdale Education Foundation.  Our goal is $65,000 and with your help we can do it yet again!

On Thursday September 4th, students will participate in a pep-rally and the next day they’ll bring home everything you need to help us make this the best Eagle Trek yet!  It’s really simple. Here are a few tips:

– Work as a family to set a fundraising goal.  Involve your child in the process, consider your family’s donation and decide who else in your circle of friends, family and colleagues will help support your Eagle with a donation.  The kids will love the prizes, and you’ll love knowing your tax-deductible donation stays here at the school!

– Set up a personalized fundraising website for your family (only one page needed per family). Instructions are inside the brochure. Follow the instructions to share your page via e-mail and social networks, and start asking for pledges!

-You’ll receive special ribbons to give to donors for their door or mailbox as a symbol of their Eagle Trek pride and support!

– If you are not fundraising online, you can track pledges on the enclosed sheet. We’ll collect them every week with prizes for the children.

Participate! We are proud of how many families participated last year.  We can easily hit our goal if everyone participates at some level, no matter how small.

Walk!  All students will receive a free t-shirt and walk with their class on October 2. Come help us count laps and cheer on our Eagles!


– September 5: Fundraising goes live

– September 12, 9 and 25:  Prize Blitz Days

– October 2: Eagle Trek Walk-A-Thon Event (Rain date 10/3)


Embry Hills Dental
Eric’s Fit lab
Eaton Pediatric Dentistry
Body by Jenn
Randie’s Auto
Parthenon Roofing
Henderson Mill Dental
Charles Barber Shop
Adam Grier
Mosiac Hair
Smoothie King
Billy’s Collision Center
Clinebell Orthodontics
Lee Peterson Photography
Hit Atlanta
Resurgen’s Bank

Looking ahead to our 5th year!

In the Beginning….

In the summer of 2010 a small but engaged group of families came together with an idea:  to create a foundation with a mission to provide “direct financial support to help Evansdale Elementary realize its full potential… driven by our love and passion for current and future Evansdale students.”  The task was daunting but our community quickly rallied to meet the challenge.    Five years later we’ve witnessed many changes in our school however our commitment and guiding principles remain the same.

Some of those original individuals served on our board since the foundation’s inception and we are extremely grateful for their dedication to Evansdale and contributions to the organization’s success.  Specifically, we want to say thank you and good bye to three amazing long term and founding board members:  Devon Christopher, Rachel VanValkenberg and Phil Castro, all of whom provided countless hours of guidance and leadership for our school.

However we are very excited to welcome the next generation of board members who will serve in at large positions: Jerry Appleman, Chris GarnerCynthia JonesChristofer Peterson and Sally Kramer.   While our board provides day to day guidance, we’ll turn to our community throughout the year for volunteers to assist with a variety of fundraising efforts.

Fundraising Successes for 2013-2014

We are excited to share another successful year of fundraising for Evansdale.  A combination of our Eagle Trek Walk-A-Thon in the fall, our spring Red, Hot & Blue auction along with corporate donations and grants raised $102,000 for our school!  This brings the total amount raised since 2010 to more than $387,000!

The Evansdale Education Foundation extends its deepest appreciation to all of our donors and sponsors, at every level.

Our proud Evansdale Eagles last October at the Eagle Trek Walk-A-Thon.
 Red, Hot & Blue: Havana Nights, a festive evening featuring live and silent auctions.
Investments and PTA Partnerships
For the second year we aligned our fall fundraising with Evansdale’s amazing PTA.  By combining forces, a portion of the money you helped us raise through Eagle Trek provided our PTA with the funding needed to offer programs reaching every single child at the school: from world class cultural arts performances and assemblies, to technology enhanced learning, student gardens, and more.Working with school leadership, we are excited to continue on this collaboration for the 2014-2015 year and we look forward to sharing news of potential upcoming investments to support technology within the classroom and Evansdale’s STEM initiatives.
Strategic investments to support our teaching staff were critical this year: specifically helping our faculty better prepare to implement the Common Core curriculum and implement more STEM offerings in the classroom.   Before the last school year began, 15 teachers participated in a multi-day training event to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham Approach.   Also known as “OG”, this teaching method is most often associated with a one-on-one teacher-student instructional model and is used in small group instruction as well as classroom instruction. Additionally, eight homeroom teachers received training in the “Daily Five” program designed to enhance language arts instruction in the classroom though a fun, hands on approach to literacy.


However our largest investment to date continues to be our reading specialist and head of the Early Intervention Program (EIP), Jaqueline Whited.  A full time-employee of Evansdale for the past two years, she has reached hundreds of students with specialized reading instruction, helping to close the achievement gap within our school and increase students’ future chances of success.   This pull-out model of instruction allows for smaller class sizes overall and a chance for more individualized instruction and small group interactions.   During the past school year Jaqueline assisted nearly 80 students in grades 2-5, whose overall literacy skills improved by almost 20% in the past year alone.Thanks to your generosity, Ms. Whited’s position as a full-time specialist is secured again for the 2014-2015 school year.   


The importance of our EIP investment:  “Great teachers, like the ones at Evansdale, give 110% to differentiate the instruction to meet all their students’ needs. As the EIP teacher, I help the teachers by focusing on the students who need extra help. This gives them time to give more energy to the on-grade level and above grade level students.”– Jacqueline Whited, EIP Specialist
Help Us as We Enter Year Number Five!
Finally, as a Foundation created to serve the needs of all Evansdale students we need to hear from you.  How can we work together as we approach our 5thyear?Our board members are always here to answer any questions and we welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions on how we can work together to build a first-class, neighborhood school.Reach out at any time via email: and be sure to connect with us online.

Wishing you and your family a fun, relaxing and safe rest of your summer.  We look forward to serving you in the coming year.