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!



Seeking New Board Members for 2016-2017

Evansdale Education Foundation Board Election Announcement

We are excited to announce opportunities for board positions for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.  If you value excellence in public education and have an interest in helping your community by serving on the board, we would love to hear from you.

Our Mission:

We are committed to providing direct financial support to help Evansdale Elementary realize its full potential. Every dollar we raise, every decision we make, and every penny we spend is driven by our love and passion for current and future Evansdale students.

Our Impact on the School:
  • Raised more than $400,000 since inception in 2008 to invest directly back in to our children’s daily learning experience
  • Secured the first STEM coordinator, Miss Umokoro to significantly advance STEM training, resources, curriculum for our teachers and experiences for the children
  • Helped to facilitate Gifted/ESOL certification of 20+ teachers, enhancing classroom instruction and earning County investment for our school
  • Secured the first Reading Intervention Specialist for our school to help transform the skills and performance of off-level students
  • A range of other investments have supported continuing education for teachers, technology and curriculum enhancements, and improvement in facilities such as the new track

Who is Eligible?

Any friend of Evansdale Elementary School may be nominated for the EEF Board—this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Parents
  • Neighbors
  • Local business people
  • Teachers
  • Grandparents
  • Other community members

You may nominate yourself or another individual may nominate you. Successful candidates for this volunteer organization will have a passion for excellence in public education and the mission of the Foundation.  Prior experience working with volunteer-driven organizations is helpful, but not necessary.  Professional and/or volunteer experience relating to the Board and committee role you are interested in is also a plus.

Board Member Expectations

Ideal candidates for members of the EFF Board will:

  • Work together for the best interests of the organization and the kids, our ultimate beneficiaries
  • Be positive and energetic ambassadors of Evansdale Elementary School, the EEF and the Evansdale PTA
  • Regularly attend board meetings – once a month, Sunday evenings 7:30pm
  • Make a two year commitment
  • Actively support or lead Foundation committees (communications, investments, Eagle Trek, Spring Enrichment campaign, grants, corporate sponsors)
  • Actively contribute to and participate in fundraising efforts, approaching restaurants and area businesses for their partnership and donations
  • Have complimentary interests and skills that will support the Foundation — sales, strategy, project management, events planning, accounting, tax, community presence, marketing

How Does the Process Work?

If you are interested in an EEF board position, please complete an EEF Board of Directors Interest Form and e-mail it to Scott Vanags, Nominating Committee Chair, at Please limit the interest form to no more than two pages in length and submit it no later than April 16, 2016.  The nominating committee will review all interest forms, conduct interviews and provide a slate of nominees to the EEF board for a vote at its April board meeting.

The EEF board votes on candidates and all votes are kept confidential. In considering nominees, the board is mindful of the diversity and balance necessary for the foundation to meet its goals.

Service for newly elected board members officially begins during the 2016-2017 school year.

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.

Spring Fundraiser: Lights, Camera, Take Action!

Our signature spring fundraiser (Red, Hot & Blue) is back and better than ever!

The Evansdale Education Foundation is excited to present:

Lights, Camera, TAKE ACTION!

An Adults Only Evening

Friday March 4, 2016

7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Studio Space

3080 McCall Dr #2, Atlanta, GA 30340

Get ready to walk the red carpet at a working movie studio for an amazing night featuring silent and live auction items, food, live music and an open bar! 


Pricing is $40 per person until 2/19 and then $50 per person until the event (and at the door).

Evansdale families can also return ticket order forms to front office with a check

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Evansdale STEM in the News

Take a look at a recent school spotlight by Georgia Public Broadcasting featuring Ms. U and her goal of “developing a STEM curricula that is based primarily on solving real world problems through questioning and investigation.”

Just a year ago we asked you, our supporters to take a chance on STEM in our school.  STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   In a STEM school learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. Learning problem-solving skills — and helping students develop into creative, critical thinkers — is at the core of any true STEM school. The missing link was a liaison/coordinator who could help bring these pieces together.

Thanks to a successful online campaign we were thrilled to welcome Ms. Christine Ukumoro to Evansdale this past August.  Known affectionately as Ms. U, STEM is coming to life in every classroom.

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!



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.