Abilene Education Foundation is working tirelessly to make a difference every day, and their mission – to enrich the lives of students in Abilene Independent School District – is a crucial one in our community.
Specifically, one of this group’s key initiatives is to help all students pursue their college dream, even if no one in their family has ever attended college. To that end, C.O.O.L. (College Offers Opportunities for Life) counselors are placed on all three high school campuses to help students search for scholarships, fill out applications and celebrate their successes when their acceptance letter arrives. The counselors also reach out to younger students on various campuses to plant the college seed; for many, it’s the first time they realize that college could be in their future too.
AEF also focuses on supporting teachers with grants available for programs that will enrich the classroom and support the curriculum, including the Judy Dudley “GIFT” (Giving to First Time Teachers) grants. Each spring hardworking teachers are recognized with a special evening at the Teachers in the Limelight Celebration.
All of these programs are made possible by the generosity of many Abilenians who believe education is important, and through AEF’s annual Cajun Fest fundraiser, which will take place this year on April 10 as part of ArtWalk. Be part of the festivities, dine on a Cajun feast, stroll through downtown and see for yourself how the Abilene Education Foundation is making a difference!