APEF bets on education

By Kathi Nailling Staff Writer Aug 31, 2017

Officials with the Athens Public Education Foundation have a message: “Life is a gamble ... Bet on education.”
“This fundraiser has become our signature event for the educational foundation,” Chairperson Kari Wilmeth said.
The Casino Night is a way for people to have an evening out with friends while contributing to the APEF to create a better learning environment.  “We are really excited about our Casino Night,” Wilmeth said. “This event is something completely unique in Athens. We are raising money for the teacher-initiated grant programs that we fund every year. Our efforts impact teachers and students directly, and immediately. We hope everyone comes out for this fantastic event and supports the Athens Public Education Foundation.”

During the event, participants will be able to play casino-style games while being served heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets will be available for adult beverages, and silent auction and live auctions are planned.

APEF supports Athens ISD student programs, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding. The foundation also promotes and recognizes academic excellence by students and innovative instruction by teachers and staff.
Some purposes of the grant requests include an outdoor science camp, SAT vocabulary novels, graphing TI-84 calculators, a program for integrated multi-sensory phonics and iPads for math and reading intervention.
APEF, a nonprofit organization, operates independently of Athens ISD.  It will host its Casino Night on Oct. 21 at Athens Country Club, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.


For sponsorship levels, ticket information or to provide an auction item, contact Kari Wilmeth at 903-288-5114. Admission to the event is $75. Athens ISD staff tickets are $45.