This program provides the basic resources necessary to keep needy and At-Risk children in school. Through individual grants we provide books, fees, bus passes, clothing, shoes, and other items that a child might need. Once the students' basic needs are taken care of, they can concentrate on the learning process. These children are referred by Principals, Teachers, Nurses, Social Workers, Community Representatives and Counselors in TUSD schools.
Learn more about our specific programs:
EEF’s Clothing Bank Program has a double emphasis. The first is to provide assistance to students attending uniform schools. EEF’s second emphasis is to provide non-uniform clothing for students in need.
EEF Hearing Impaired Fund
Working with the Audiology Department of St. Mary’s Carondelet, EEF provides assistance for financially in-need students with hearing impairment needs. For inquiries about this assistance program, please contact EEF’s office by phone.
Focus on Vision
The Educational Enrichment Foundation’s “Focus on Vision” Program, through a partnership with OneSight (LenscCrafters), Dr. Jeffrey Lewis and Associates, L.L.C., Dr. Sam Sato, and Tucson Family EyeCare, provides eye exams and eyeglasses for approximately 250 in-need TUSD students each year. By providing high quality eyeglasses which a child will wear and care for, this program removes one of the greatest barriers to receiving an education for our community’s most at-risk children.
Interscholastics Scholarship Assistance
Our interscholastics scholarship assistance helps TUSD students who might not otherwise be able to participate in interscholastics activities. The program
- is open to academically eligible, financially in-need and at-risk middle school and high school students enrolled in TUSD schools (recipients must qualify for free or reduced lunch and have school site officials verify academic eligibility each semester)
- covers the cost of the TUSD mandated participation fee for students involved in TUSD organized extra-curricular activities
- awards nearly 750 scholarships annually (each student is allowed one scholarship per semester, or two annually)
- creates opportunities for all students, regardless of their economic status, to learn teamwork, discipline, public comportment, and individual accomplishment through organized extra-curricular activities
- serves low-income youth (70% of TUSD’s student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch)
- is utilized by all nine of TUSD’s high schools, spread geographically across the entire Tucson area
- functions as an academic achievement and attendance incentive program (only students who are academically eligible – who come to school, do their school work, and maintain a “C” average – may receive an EEF Interscholastic Scholarship)
- allows children with talents and abilities beyond the traditional classroom to excel
- strengthens the educational experience of school-aged children and the sense of personal pride that they feel about themselves, their school, and their larger community, making them better citizens, learners, and future participants in our state’s economy as scholars, athletes, employees, business owners, and consumers.
Shoe Shopping Days
EEF Shoe Shopping Days are held regularly at the beginning of the school year (September), during the holidays (December/January) and in the spring (April). The next scheduled EEF Shoe Shopping Days are April 11 and April 12, 2013. Please check with your school’s community representative, social worker, or principal’s office for information on how to attend an EEF Shoe Shopping Day. Applications to attend should be received at least one week prior to the event. Since the location of each EEF Shoe Shopping Day varies, it is essential that you submit signed applications directly to the EEF office in advance. Annually EEF Shoe Shopping Days provided approximately 1,000 pairs of shoes and 3,000 pairs of socks to our community’s most impoverished children.