Abilene ISD Payroll Deduction Campaign

The Payroll Deduction Campaign gives employees of Abilene ISD the opportunity to directly support STAR Teacher Grants, or any other AEF program through payroll deduction. This has allowed AEF to give away more money each and every year to STAR Teacher Grants. Employees may also specify their donation go to another AEF program. In the fall of 2013, employees of AHS, CHS, and ATEMS began a scholarship fund for a deserving senior at their school. Another reason the payroll deduction campaign has grown is due to the hard work of our campus liaisons who serve as spokespersons on behalf of AEF during their campus staff meetings. 100% of all funds raised through the payroll deduction campaign go directly into the hands of the teachers and students in Abilene ISD. This year campuses who reach 80%, 90%, or 100% participation will receive campus rewards including breakfast for the entire campus (based on percentage of participants). All employees who sign up for the campaign will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards.

The 2017-2018 Payroll Deduction theme is “Let Your Ideas Shine.”  Please open the following brochures for more information. 2017-2018 Payroll Deduction Brochure

For more information, we encourage you to watch our Payroll Deduction Campaign video. Please click here.

Congratulations to our 80%, 90% and 100% AEF employee payroll giving campuses. We appreciate you! All proceeds raised from employees go directly back into the classroom, no administrative funds are used from these donations.

80% – Ortiz Elementary, Bassetti Elementary & Johnston Elementary

90% – Reagan Elementary, Taylor Elementary

100% – Abilene High School, ATEMS High School, Austin Elementary, Bonham Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Holland Medical High School, Martinez Elementary, Thomas Elementary & AISD Planetarium.

Thank you 2017-2018 AEF Campus Liaisons!

AHS – Jennifer Jordan

ATEMS – Stephanie Angell

Austin – Susan Vandever

Bassetti – Christy Young

Bonham – Nicole Chastang

Bowie – Kathy Fulgim/Cindy Tatsch

Clack – Lorry Spears

CHS – Cara Naizer

Craig – Kay Loftkin

Dyess – Debbie Hill

Holland – Emma Siburt

Jackson – Tanya Miles

Jefferson Center – Michael White

Johnston – Leslye Roberts

Lee – Sandy Muniz

Madison – Cathy Hennessey

Mann – Rob Fink

Martinez – Sheila Morse

Ortiz – Heather Holcomb

Reagan – Chris Halifax

Taylor – Ron Owens

Thomas – Joy McKnight

Ward – Billie Walker

WCE – Jamie Tindall

Early Childhood – Brooke Hunt


Cajun Fest


Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual full-day Cajun Fest Saturday, April 14th at the Taylor County Expo Center Fairgrounds.

The Cajun Festival is AEF’s annual fundraising event, which includes an authentic Louisiana style crawfish and shrimp meal, a 5K run/walk, live music showcasing the many talented student groups in AISD, food trucks, an inflatable park and activities for the kids, among a myriad of other entertainment options to make for a fun-filled day of adventure for everyone.  Last year, we served thousands of pounds of crawfish, and the grounds were continuously hopping with guests showing their support for AEF while enjoying activities, such as D-Bat inflatable batting cage, robotics mazes, sweet treats, and Knockerball!  Additionally, the community continued to pour out its support with an impressive showing of 150 runners (and crawlers) for the 2nd annual Crawfish Crawl 5K on the morning of the event.

Perhaps the best part of Cajun Festival is that the proceeds raised through the event go directly back to the teachers and students of Abilene ISD.  We’ve all had a teacher who made a lasting impression in our lives.  We all know educators who can attest there is never enough funding for new ideas and classroom support materials.  AEF helps fund classroom supplies for new-to-the-profession teachers, helps turn college dreams into reality, and provides grants for classroom projects through its fundraising events. So come on out on April 14th, eat some crawfish, have some fun and support the students of AISD.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram too! #AbileneGoesCajun

Go to our Cajun Festival website for more,!

Annual Fund

Every fall, in an effort to raise unrestricted and restricted funds, the AEF Board of Directors sends out a letter to previous and potential donors thanking them for their support. Click here to donate to Annual Fund. Donate here!