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Fundraising Events

Fundraising Events

NEIM hosts fundraising events throughout the year to bring our community together and help raise necessary funds for our non-profit school. With fun and purposeful intent, these events are successful each year. Thank you to all our attendees and supporters both past and future!


Proceeds from NEIM events offset operating expenses of the school and help maintain low tuition rates. NEIM is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit entity. All donations to NEIM are tax deductible.


Around the World in 5 Plates

October 20th, 2018, 5 – 8 p.m.
Oneota Golf & Country Club, Decorah

Join us for an enjoyable evening of hearty appetizers from around the world and an exciting silent auction featuring local wares and packages to the highest bidder. A cash bar will be open to complement your tasting adventure. It’s a mix and mingle, eat, drink, and bid kind of evening!
Tickets are $50 per person and can be paid at the event. If you would like a ticket for this fun and tasty event, please email Valerie Deeney at 5platesdinner@gmail.com.
Want to attend, but need a plan for your kids that night? A supervised free will donation Kids Fun Night will take place at the school for all kids ages 1-9 whose family members are at the party.


NEIM hosts “Around the World in 5 Plates” on or near United Nations Day each fall out of respect for the original vision of Maria Montessori, Italian physician, educator, and founder of the Montessori method of education. As an early supporter of the League of Nations (a precursor to the United Nations), Dr. Montessori believed strongly that education should encourage children to show compassion to others, resolve conflict with words, and collaborate with others for the good of the community. NEIM joins over 20,000 schools worldwide in educating students with these ideals under the guiding curriculum principle of “educating for peace.”


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Annual Driftless Discovery Trail Run

Next run: June 2019

Come to Northeast Iowa’s bluff country, a place unlike anywhere else in the state, and perhaps the Midwest to run the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park.

Van Peenen Memorial Park is one of Decorah’s 13 parks that make outdoor fun and staying fit a way of life in Winnesheik County. The trails are groomed, marked and ready for the more adventurous types like you. This area is part of the outstanding 17-mile system of single-track mountain bike trails. Here is your chance to challenge your body by running them. The parks were even cause to be mentioned in Men’s Journal magazines “52 Great American Weekends” feature. Enthusiasts drive in from all parts of the Midwest to enjoy these trails. Come see why!

On your adventure to Decorah as you experience our trail run, you will find our city’s premier campground, lush butterfly gardens, a scenic waterfall, the Upper Iowa River tubing and canoeing attractions, hiking, biking, and walking trails; not to mention the modern twist on Midwestern charmed business district where unique shops offer gifts and gear galore! But don’t take our word for it…check it out!

A portion of the proceeds are split between the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

The run offers 3 distances and a general entry prize raffle post race. We will have extra raffle tickets for sale the day of the race. You must be present to win and pick up your prize.

3 distances:
The Little Drifters 1 mile (FREE for 13 and under) 220 feet of climbing
Short Course 5 K $30, 3.2 miles long, 613 feet climbing.
Long Course 10 K $40, 6.3 miles long, 1383 feet of climbing.

Kids 13 and under are FREE but still need to register!
Race t-shirts available for purchase with online registration. T-Shirts ordered after 5/20/2016 will be added to the post race ordered and will have to be mailed to you at an additional cost. You may choose to purchase a t-shirt at the day of the event also.

REGISTER TODAY: Driftlessdiscoverytrailrun.us

2015 Race Results
2016 RaceResults