Back The Jack Rules to Win Class Prizes or Nintendo Switch

Rules for Nickajack Elementary Foundation (NEF) Raffle

Each $125 entry gains one raffle entry for the prize. 

The board chooses the prize each year.  The 2017-2018 Campaign prize is a Nintendo Switch.

For donations above $125, each increment will be awarded an additional entry.  For example, a donation of $250 will gain 2 raffle entries.  Donations in partial increments of $125 will not “round up.”  For example, a donation of $300 will still net 2 entries, not 3.

Corporate sponsors will not gain entries based on their corporate donations.

NEF Board Members and their children are ineligible for the raffle.

The drawing will take place at the Great Skate event. 

Rules for Class Participation Prizes

During the campaign, the Board may announce various class participation incentives. 

The class participation percentage will be determined by dividing the number of students in a class who have donated to the campaign divided by the number of students in the class.

Teachers who donate to the campaign will not be counted towards their own class participation but may have their donations counted for each child they have attending the school.

The number of students in the class will be determined by the class numbers given to us by the front office staff.

Each student can count only once towards the class participation number.  For example, if a student has contributed on three separate occasions, the student still counts only once towards participation.  Likewise, if different contributions are given on behalf of the same student (from parents, grandparents, etc), the student only counts once towards class participation.

Corporate donations can count towards a particular students’ participation if that is noted at the time of donation.

The Board reserves the right to create a threshold contribution to count for participation (for example, only donations $20 and above count as participation).  As of this time (2017-2018 Campaign) there is on threshold.  Any contribution counts as participation.

Back the Jack is in Full Swing. Are you with Us?

Back the Jack is the Nickajack Elementary Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign. The campaign starts today and ends September 15th. This is the seventh year the foundation will raise money to supplement educational expenses for Nickajack Elementary School.

The donations to the Nickajack Elementary School Foundation help put technology into the hands of our kids. With classroom enrichments such as iPads, sound boxes, rocket launchers, and computer programming equipment, our children have the resources to be curious, creative, and academically competitive. This fall, we have their backs as they go to school.

Join us. Let’s come together as a community and collectively back our students and teachers.

“I donated to the foundation every year. I’m a supporter of what they are doing. It means so much to the staff with the grants. It will have a lasting impression on the students. It’s a great group of community and parent support, and they’re only here for the education of our kids,” says Ms. Deryl Heflin, Teacher.

End of Year Update: We Hit Our Goal

First, the Nickajack Elementary Foundation wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This was a terrific year for the Nickajack Elementary Foundation, and that is largely in part to your generous support.

We hit our goal of $72,000. The apple is full. We awarded over $12,000 in teacher grants that Nickajack Elementary students are benefiting from as we speak.

Corporate matches continue to trickle in, and helped tremendously. If you haven’t inquired with your employer regarding matching your donation, please do so. The corporate matching was a big part of us reaching our goal over the last few weeks.

The Nickajack Elementary Foundation Seeks Volunteers for 2017 – 2018

We need volunteers for the upcoming school year. The Nickajack Elementary Foundation board is mostly comprised of parents. We have grown significantly over the last six years, and have open positions to serve on the Board.

If you want to serve in any capacity, reach out to

Nickajack Elementary Foundation Featured on Cobb County’s CobbCast

The foundation was featured on Cobb County’s CobbCast, a blog that spreads the good news regarding schools in Cobb County.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Ringing bells and cheering parents broke the quiet of Nickajack Elementary School hallways as the Nickajack Foundation prize patrol rushed down the halls, bundles of red and blue balloons trailing behind them. The Foundation members surprised 18 Nickajack teachers with grants totaling more than $12,000.

Nickajack Principal Adam Hill referred to the prize patrol’s noise as an “intentional disruption” in the halls.

“The hope is that the other teachers hear and see the commotion, as do their students, and that it inspires the teachers to write a grant next year,” Hill explained.

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$68,000 and Counting

The Back the Jack campaign was successful.  The donation total is $68,000. However, we continue to receive corporate matching dollars. The total donation amount will grow over the next few weeks.

The foundation started to use the donations, and put the donations in the hand of the Nickajack teachers. On September 23, we awarded 18 teachers grants.

Although the campaign ended, tax deductible donations are much appreciated and accepted anytime.

It was awesome to see the entire community rise and gather to improve Nickajack Elementary and enhance the education of our children.

Foundation Awards Teacher Grants

The Nickajack Elementary Foundation awards over $12,000 in teacher grants. Foundation board members surprised teachers with grants the Friday before Cobb County School District fall break.

Nickajack Elementary School Teacher Grant Recipients

Dina Espenshied (4th Grade)
iPads for STEAM Based Learning & Coding

Dannielle McClure (K-5 Speech Specialist)
Creation Lab Materials

Deryl Heflin (Science Lab Specialist)
Science Lab Supplies

Sharon Penquite (Early Instructional Program)
Read 180 Independent Reading Area Materials

Deryl Heflin (Science Lab Specialist) and Leslie Maples (5th Grade)
Professional Development, GSTA Annual Meeting

Karen Harrison (Early Instructional Program)
Read 180 Program materials

Stephanie Tucker, Amanda Smiley, Heather Hunt, Katie Morris (1st Grade)
Comfortable Seats for a Comfortable Environment

Stephanie Burns (2nd Grade)
Flexible Seats for Flexible Learning

Dina Espenshied (4th Grade)/ Karen Harrison (Early Instructional Program)
Professional Development, GA Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Diane Kordel (DLI Spanish, Kindergarten)
Dual Language Immersion Math/Reading and Sound Box

Jessica Milovich (Kindergarten) and Amanda Newman (1st Grade) – K-1 Multi Age
4 OSMO Camera Kits

Sarah Lasiter (4th Grade)
Classroom Computers

Jennifer Salter (Target)
Mini Number Balance Kit and Cooperative Engineer Kits

Joanna Aenchbacher (1st Grade)
Professional Development KSU ESOL Conference

500 Attendees for NES Great Skate Party at Sparkles

Nickajack Elementary Foundation raised $62,000 over a month long Back the Jack campaign. We culminated Nickajack’s successes and celebrated with a skate party.

Nearly 500 people attended the 2016 Great Skate at Sparkles on Sunday. Families enjoyed a fun party with skating, games and food. Parents and students had an opportunity to mingle and play with over 30 Nickajack Elementary staff outside school walls.

“This event was amazing.” Mr. Hill, Nickajack Elementary Principal continues, “We laughed. We skated. We ran. We sweated. We had a good time together.”GreatSkate2016_46

The kids enjoyed playing games on the skating rink. There were priceless moments with students racing against Mr. Hill and other staff with one skate.

Face painting was a hit for the little ones. Kids lined up to get their face painted with rainbows and favorite characters. Others played cup stacking game and ping pong shake.

“I skated. I played a few games, and had fun with friends. I had a good time today,” says Sara Anne Levine, a 5th Grader.

Families captured moments at the photo booth. This was not your normal photo shoot. Attendees took photos with their favorite hashtags or dressing up in silly props and outfits.


Back the Jack is On

It’s on. Today, the Nickajack Elementary Foundation kick starts its annual fundraising campaign – Back the Jack. Donations provide crucial curriculum, technology, and teacher grants that are not covered by Cobb County’s public funds.

The campaign runs for four weeks, and ends on September 16th. Our goals is $72,000.

This is the sixth year the foundation will raise money to supplement educational expenses. Last year, we were able to purchase 60 iPad minis with charging stations, MyOn Digital Literacy program subscription for each student, and Lucy Calkins reading programs for all classes.

This year we will continue funding technology needs with more iPad mini carts and teacher enrichment programs. Your donations will also contribute to renovating the media center into Learning Commons, a shared space that fosters collaboration and various learning activities.

You can donate via check with this form or online.

Let’s Go Braves!

The Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with the Cobb County School District.

The programs the Braves have partnered to support include:

  • Literacy Programs for K-8
  • Braves Student Leaders for 9-12
  • Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for K-12
  • Teacher Grants, Recognition and Recruitment
  • Jobs for Students and Teachers

This is great news for our Cobb County Schools.