The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
As Casa Ole’s marketing director, Anne East is no stranger to the educational breakfasts hosted by the restaurant. However, she said, the one in Nederland is a bit different from the rest.
“The whole community just gets involved,” East said.
On Tuesday, Casa Ole in Central Mall opened its doors at 7 a.m. — two hours prior to actual opening time — to host the 18th annual Nederland Educational Foundation breakfast. More than 300 people trickled in between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. to enjoy a Mexican breakfast of eggs drenched in picante sauce, bacon, refried beans and Mexican potatoes.
“Community involvement is very, very important to us,” East said. “We’re very involved with the schools — we want to give back.”
In 15 years, Nederland Independent School District teachers have received $110,000 in grants. The grants enable teachers to ask for “extra” teaching tools that are not budgeted for — such as Smart Boards, vocational equipment and microscopes.
“With the community support and support from Nederland Independent School District, it’s a great event,” said Mandy Clayton, of Five Point Credit Union, which also helps with the event. “The teachers and even the parents come out, because they know this is benefiting them in the end.”
Clayton said the foundation tries to publicize the breakfast across Southeast Texas. This year, the foundation sold more than 300 tickets for its only fundraiser.
“If we can provide grants for things they wouldn’t normally be able to do, it helps them enrich their education,” Clayton said. “Through our children, we are bettering the community.”