The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently welcomed Larry Myers and Abby Bean with the Nassau Education Foundation (NEF.) Myers said the NEF came into being when state Senator Aaron Bean learned that Nassau County was losing $27,000 a year in teacher support dollars because the county had no education foundation to raise matching funds. Since its founding, NEF has raised more than $100,000, received the matching state funds and disbursed the money through 60 grants to all 17 schools in Nassau County. Teacher grants are selected based on which have the greatest impact on students in the classroom. Bean added that teachers submit their grant request to NEF, which is also a crowdfunding opportunity for those grants NEF is unable to fund.