Lofty Children’s Fund Campaign Goal is $150,000

‘Frozen Figure’ Campaign at Lincoln Middle School Raise’s $3,925 for Children’s Fund

For more than 20 years, the NSEA’s Children’s Fund has been assisting kids in need.

Now, the presidents of NSEA’s six governance districts believe the Children’s Fund itself needs a bit of assistance.  At the 2016 delegate Assembly, they launched a drive to raise $150,000 for the Children’s Fund by October 2017, the month marking the 150th anniversary of NSEA’s founding.

To date, that drive has collected $51,778*. That leaves an ambitious goal of more than $100,000 over the next 8 months — a goal that is not unreachable.

The most recent gift — $3,925 — came from Lincoln’s Lux Middle School. Students there have donated more than $45,000 to the Lincoln Backpack Program over the past 15 years, giving proceeds from a “Frozen Figures” campaign. The students dress as an historical figure and are “frozen” in time until a visitor drops money in their bucket, at which point the student “comes to life” and shares a two-minute blurb about their chosen person of prominence. Lux teacher and NSEA member Jennifer Van Winkle thanked NSEA for use of the fund.

“We appreciate what the Children’s Fund does for our kids and for kids across the state,” she said in an email.

Members at the 2017 Delegate Assembly will have a chance to participate in a 50/50 raffle, with a chance to win half the money collected. Tickets will be sold at fixed prices, with a $20 purchase earning the buyer an “arm’s length” of raffle tickets!

Local associations are urged to continue fundraising efforts, as the need continues.  The latest report from the Children’s Fund indicated the Children’s Fund is in better shape than it was a year ago. Yet expenses can reach beyond $70,000 a year.

To make giving easier, the Children’s Fund is set up to take donations through PayPal. Find the link at

Questions? Call Sally Bodtke at NSEA at 1-800-742-0047 or at:


*as of 4/7/2017