Summer 2016 Grants Awarded

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce the funding of ten grants in our Summer 2016 grant cycle, totaling over $13,000. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded $168,000 towards creative and innovative projects and materials in the Bedford Public Schools.

GRANTS FUNDED AT DAVIS SCHOOL

buddy benchDavis School teachers Susan Nocera and Amy Corssino were awarded a $1,300 grant for a Buddy Bench for the Davis School playground. A Buddy Bench is a colorful, clearly marked bench designed for students who may have difficulty navigating the process of finding playmates, or finding the confidence to join in, at recess. It will give students the opportunity to both reach out for help and give other students the experience of offering themselves as a friend. The goal of the bench is to teach students to reach out to one another, to eliminate loneliness and to foster friendships on the playground.

Davis School guidance counselor Paula Francis-Springer was awarded a $500 grant for a portable PA Sound System for assemblies in the cafeteria and grade level meeting spaces. This improvement upon current technology will not only add to the success level of the assemblies so close to the heart of the Davis School mission, but can also be used by classroom teachers interested in using this equipment for innovative projects.

GRANTS FUNDED AT LANE SCHOOL

doccamFourth grade teacher Julia Herman was awarded a $1,000 grant for a SMART Document Camera SDC-450 for her classroom. During the school day, the document camera will allow Ms. Herman to instantly share student work and demonstrations with her class and give students the opportunity to share their own learning and process with their peers. Additionally, the document camera can be used to create recordings that students and parents can access at home.

chicksLane School was awarded a $500 grant for materials and supplies for the Lane School Chicken Coop Project led by Keith Kinney and Jean Mickel. Keeping live chickens allows Lane School students to investigate external and internal structures of animals as well as deepen their understanding of animal adaptations. This funding will allow Lane’s creative and innovative school-wide endeavor to flourish in the coming year.

GRANTS FUNDED AT BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL

proboatBHS Robotics teacher John O’Connor was awarded a $2,800 grant for a robotic model sailboat project. In class, the students will expand their programming and operating skills by working with a 3 foot robotic model sailboat with on-board computers, sensors, and servo motors. The students will take what they know about sailing and teach it to a computer. The computer can “feel” using sensors, “think” with the program the students write, and “act” via servo motors controlling rudders and sails.

BHS teachers Beth Billouin, Scott Stief, and Liana Heldman were awarded a $1,500 grant for a Social Justice Awareness program for all ninth graders. Starting this fall, once every six days during homeroom, all freshmen students will participate in a 20-minute discussion or activity to encourage conversations centered on social justice. The teaching team will host class-wide assemblies and work with Dr. Allyson Livingstone to train discussion leaders and support the initiative through the year.

readingBHS English teachers Cassie Dresser and Sarah Kane were awarded a $450 grant for a classroom set of graphic novels and adapted texts for struggling readers. These texts will allow students to access the original texts in creative ways that will increase the amount of class time analyzing literature and decrease the amount of time spent on basic comprehension of the texts.

PABHS teachers Kimberly Comeiro and Victoria Breslin were awarded a $1,300 grant for Project Adventure Challenge Course Team Building program for the students in the STEP program, a therapeutic program for students who struggle with social-emotional challenges. Project Adventure in Beverly, MA has designed a curriculum that focuses on building trust, teamwork, self-confidence and empathy. Skills learned from this exciting hands-on experience will be integrated into the STEP classroom and carry beyond the students’ time at BHS.

BHS Academic Achievement Center teachers Adelle Girvan, Kathleen Campbell, Jerome Freedman, Carol Twombly, and Lisa Morrison were awarded a $3200 grant to create an innovative learning space. A variety of seating options–comfortable arm chairs, stools with high tables, collaborative work spaces–will help meet the individual needs of each student and encourage the success of BHS’s unique and diverse student body.

BHS Black Student Association club advisor Chris Zellner was awarded an $800 grant for a BSA Speaker Series that will bring in presenters from outside the school to speak with students about key social issues so relevant to our society in 2016. The importance of diversity, life after high school, and the role of social activism will be among the topics presented and discussed.

 

“Suit N’ Tie” Wins Scoops for Schools!

suit n tieCongratulations to Ms. Deisenroth’s 5th grade class who won the Scoops for Bedford Schools fundraiser with their flavor creation, Suit N’ Tie (vanilla ice cream with fudge swirl and brownie pieces). The flavor will be served at our Bedford Farms starting TODAY, Saturday, May 7th.

Proceeds from the sale of “Suit N’ Tie” will support the Bedford Education Foundation and B.E.S.T. (Bedford Elementary Schools Together)! Be sure to stop by and grab a scoop or two. The flavor will be served for a limited time while supplies last.

Thank you to everyone that participated! The results can be found here: https://scoopsforbedfordschools.typeform.com/report/ZunNnr/upHD

Student Board Grant Deadline – April 1

Teachers from all the Bedford Public schools are invited to apply for a BEF High School Student Board grant. The grants are reviewed by the student board. Interviews with the student board are set up for each of the teachers who have applied. The students then decide which grants meet the funding criteria, namely creativity, number of students touched by grant, and sustainability. The amount of funding available depends upon the success of student fundraising for the year.

Grant money up to $500 will be awarded by the student board to each school: Davis, Lane, JGMS and BHS.

STUDENT BOARD GRANT DEADLINE: April 1st

STUDENT BOARD GRANT CRITERIA:

  1. Teacher-initiated. Student-initiated projects or ideas will be accepted but MUST be SUBMITTED AND SPONSORED BY a TEACHER.
  2. Grant may be added to other grants received.
  3. The grant should reflect BEF mission to be creative and innovative.
  4. Technology-related grants must be approved by Ms. Murray.
  5. The number of students touched by the grant will be a consideration.
  6. Chaperone travel will be considered for funding.
  7. Grants that support self-sustaining initiatives will be given a priority.

Email completed grant application to grants@bedfordeducation.org by April 1st. A confirmation email will be sent to you within three days of submitting your application.

A short interview by the student board will be part of the application process.

KidsJam Winter Dance Party 2016

2nd Annual KidsJam Winter Dance Party to benefit the BEF!

Who: 2nd to 5th graders
When: Saturday, March 5th, 5-7pm (check-in from 4:45 to 5:00pm)
Where: 153 Concord Road, Kamate Connections
Cost: $20 per person
Theme: “Star Wars and Super Heroes”

Great music, fun dance moves, crafts, and group games! Water and a nut-free snack will be provided, thanks to Jennifer Kelley and Lisa Harrell of The Higgins Group.

Make sure to check out our great RAFFLES at check-in! Raffle items include: a Razor PowerWing scooter, Beanie Boos, toys & games, hair accessories, fitness fun, and more! Donated by: Kamate Fitness, Lisa Gedaminsky of Lisa Made It, GrooveWrx, Ann & Marty Guay, Learning Express,  and Brookline Bank Bedford.

Online registration is closed, but you can register at the door!

Contact Jennifer Buckley with questions: jennifersbuckley1@gmail.com.

 kidsjam flyer

 

Travel back in time for a good cause!

THIS Saturday, January 30 * 7:00-11:00PM
Courtyard Marriott Boston Billerica/Bedford – 270 Concord Road, Billerica
Fundraiser for the Bedford Education Foundation – supporting creativity and innovation in the Bedford Schools K-12

Our online ticket sale has closed, but you can still get tickets at the door for $50.

Announcing our 80’s Flashback Wall: If you are attending the Bash, please send us a your favorite personal photo from the 80’s! The 80’s showcased some pretty crazy looks for all of us, but this Bash is all about fun, and your kids won’t be there to laugh at of you! Please email your submission (one photo per person) to mwmcallister@yahoo.com by Friday January 29 and be sure to include your name and the year the photo was taken.

FEATURING:

  • Silent Auction
  • Raffle
  • Photo booth
  • DJ/Dancing to 80’s hits
  • 80’s Trivia
  • Atari games
  • Costumes encouraged – prizes for best male, best female, best duo, and best group
  • 80’s Flashback Wall
  • Appetizers
  • Cash bar

*Please note that cash bar means cash ONLY at the bar. However, cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted for auction & raffle items!

Directions to the Courtyard Marriott: Take Bedford’s North Road heading towards Billerica. At the first stoplight, take a right. The Courtyard is the second building on your right. Parking is available in front and back of the building. If you pass Route 3, you’ve gone too far!