Welcome 2022!
I hope everyone had a fulfilling and healthy holiday.

To mitigate the expected post-holiday COVID surge, EEF will primarily work remote for the month of January. Sallie will be in the office Monday through Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please contact us before coming to the office to ensure someone will be there to greet you.

Tax credit postcards are out and we appreciate you directing your tax credit donation to EEF. With 88 schools in TUSD, your tax credit gifts allow us to direct funds to those schools with less funding resources and support students with highest need. Every student deserves an equitable education in order to develop their full potential and thrive in life. Please help us spread opportunity, pride, and confidence among all students throughout TUSD.

Your support matters,

Dawn Bell
Executive Director

"Treat every day like it's a new year because it is."
~ Temitope Ibrahim

In December, EEF was thrilled to provide new shoes for 200 students! With COVID limitations, only 30 students were able to attend in person. The remaining 170 pairs of shoes were pulled by the sponsor volunteers and were either picked up or delivered to schools. Thank you to our shoe shopping sponsors; Tocco Financial Services, Judy Tocco & Jennifer Akins, Dr. Lori Levine & Gary Benna, and Dr. Herb McReynolds & Sonia McReynolds.
Shoe shopping events are on hold for the foreseeable future, but we still want to provide shoes to students in need. We are currently testing a shoe voucher program and ordering on behalf of the students to get shoes to students during the continued pandemic.
Last month EEF was busy working with TUSD African American Student Services and the Homeless Education and Resource Team (HEART) departments to provide support to families for the holiday season. A BIG THANKS to NFL player and Tucson High alumnus, Levi Wallace, and Youth On Their Own for their generous gifts! EEF distributed over $40,000 in gift cards to hundreds of selected TUSD students so they could buy food and toys for the holidays.
Jan 10 - National Clean Your Desk Day
Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
Jan 18 - National Thesaurus Day
Jan 24 - National Compliment Day
Jan 29 - National Puzzle Day
Did you know you can contribute to a TUSD School and EEF? Here are some helpful websites if you want to learn more about AZ Tax Credits*:
*We encourage you to consult with your tax preparer regarding your personal situation.

Remember to shop through Smile.Amazon.com to support EEF! Click here to get started.

Fry's Community Rewards program donates to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Fry’s and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

Thank YOU For Your Support!