Each year the gorgeous handmade MEF Giving Tree sits under the tent not only as a beautiful centerpiece but as a symbol of the inspiration and future growth plans of our teachers. The tree gives our guests the ability to pledge their donated funds directly to a specific staff members needs or programs. Since 2013, using the tree the community has granted over $25,000 worth of staff wishes. Each branch supports leaves that are made by our MCSD students. The individual leaves represent teacher wishes. Our hope is that the Taste guests take the leaves from the tree and pledge equivalent dollar amounts allowing MEF to grant those wishes. In the weeks after Taste, MEF assigns the money based on the donors intent without the teachers having to go through the full approval process. Giving Tree grants receive automatic approval. This proccess allows our guests to grant a staff member’s wish facilitated by MEF.
If you should see the MEF Giving Tree at Taste, or outside of the event, we certainly hope that you will consider spreading a little magic and GRANTING a well deserved teacher or student a wish!
If you’re looking for end of the year, holiday or staff appreciation gifts, combining a Giving Tree item with a HATS Off certificate is a fantastic way to honor a teacher. Look for the Giving Tree wishes on the website after the event.
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