BEF Bash Tickets Now Available

We’ve changed the date and have gone retro for the theme, but one thing still remains the same. We at the Bedford Education Foundation are committed to supporting creativity and innovation in the Bedford Public Schools, and we cannot do it without the continued support of our community.

The countdown is on for the Back to the 80’s BEF Winter Bash! Tickets are available NOW online through the Bedford Recreation Department! Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, but will only be available online through Wednesday, January 27th at 4pm, so act now for this reduced price!

In addition to an evening packed with nostalgia, amazing 80’s music, big hair, and a ton of laughs for a great cause, there will be fabulous silent auction and raffle items, trivia, a photo booth, retro Atari 2600, appetizers, a cash-only bar (with 80’s touches of course), and other surprises! 80’s themed costumes are strongly encouraged, but optional, with prizes for best male costume, female costume, duo, and group.

SEND US YOUR FAVE 80’s PHOTO!  If you are attending this year’s BEF 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 make fun of you! Show us your best ’80s style – think big hair, neon clothing, or shoulder pads! Please email your submission (one photo per person) to and include your name and the year the photo was taken. If we get enough photo submissions, your photo will be featured on our 80s FLASHBACK WALL at the Bash.

BEF Bash Invite 2016

Fall 2015 Grants Awarded

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce the funding of nine grants in our Fall 2015 grant cycle, totaling $15,000. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients!

To date, the BEF has funded $155,000 towards creative and innovative projects and materials in the Bedford Public Schools.


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Back to the 80s Winter Bash – January 30, 2016

We have been having a blast planning our 1980s themed Winter Bash!

This year, we decided to move the date from early December to late January. Mark your calendars – January 30, 2016 at 7pm at the Courtyard Marriott Bedford/Billerica.

Support creativity and innovation in the Bedford Public Schools with a fun night out! Costume contests, a photo booth, 80s trivia, dancing to our favorite 80s hits, auction and more!

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Technology Showcase – April 8th

Bedford Public Schools Technology Showcase
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Bedford High School

Come and take a closer look at all the different technologies being used in Bedford’s K-12 classrooms to enhance teaching and learning. At the Technology Showcase, students from Davis, Lane, JGMS, and BHS will show you how they use these technologies.

The Bedford Education Foundation is proud to have funded many of the items that will be highlighted at the Showcase, including a 3D printer and a SMART Table.  You’ll see how the use of technology transforms the students’ learning and prepares them to think critically and creatively as productive global citizens.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to become acquainted with new technological innovations that our students use every day! It really is amazing to see the student projects, the poise and pride of the student presenters (K-12), and the technologies in action! We hope to see you there!

Winter Dance Party Raises $1600 for the BEF

Click on “KidsJam Winter Dance Party 2015” under Events for more photos from the event.

Bedford children danced away the winter blues at the first ever KidsJam Winter Dance Party on March 7 to benefit the Bedford Education Foundation (BEF). Thanks to the energetic efforts of Jennifer Buckley of KidsJam, Nancy Griffiths of Kamate Fitness, and their team of volunteers, the event was a huge success. Fifty-five children from second to fifth grade had a blast at the sold-out event as they danced, played games, and were treated to exciting demonstrations by Kamate BodyJam instructors and Callahan’s Karate Instructors. After working up a sweat, the children enjoyed a well-deserved break for a snack provided by Diane Hughes of the Higgins Group and craft time where they learned how to make three-dimensional snowflakes.

In addition to ticket sales, a raffle with items sponsored by local businesses and community members, helped to raise over $1,600 for the BEF. Raffle prizes were donated by Jennifer Buckley, Dr. Mayada Najim of Bedford Family and Laser Dentistry, Patriot Pediatrics, LaserCraze, Patterson’s Dancewear, the Harrell Family, and Kamate Fitness.

BEF member Lisa Harrell, one of the organizers of the event, appreciates the community support, “Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and families who supported the Bedford Education Foundation in this incredibly fun event.”

“This event started with Jennifer Buckley sending me an email offering to host a dance to support the BEF.” says Meg McAllister, one of the Co-Presidents of the BEF. “Jennifer, along with a team of volunteers, helped make this a great night for so many kids. It is efforts like these that make it possible for the BEF to continue to provide new opportunities for innovative and creative learning for the students of Bedford.”

Jennifer Buckley was thrilled that the event went so well. She told Meg and Lisa, “I personally had a ball. Next time (and I do suggest we do it again next year!), you’ll have to come up on the stage for a bit to see what we see – 55 wonderful faces having fun!”

KidsJam Winter Dance Party – March 7

For girls and boys in second to fifth grade: Come and shake off the winter blues at our first ever KIDSJAM WINTER DANCE PARTY to benefit the Bedford Education Foundation! Kids will enjoy great music, funky cool moves, crafts, and games! Parents can check out our kid-friendly raffle prizes! Water and a nut-free snack will be provided (thanks to the Higgins Group).

$20 per child. Pre-registration is required via the Bedford Rec Dept. website. Go to the main registration page and search “BEF” to sign up for this special event.

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BEF Student Board Accepting Grant Applications

The BEF Student Board invites the teachers and administrators at all four Bedford Public schools to apply to receive a BEF Student Board Grant (up to $500). The grants will be reviewed by the student board and the students will arrange to interview each applicant.  The students will then decide which grants meet the funding criteria, namely creativity, the number of students touched by grant, and sustainability.  The amount of funding available depends upon the success of student fundraising for the year.

Click here for the High School Student Board Grant Application.

Applicants are asked to email completed grant applications to by April 1.

BEF Awards Fall 2014 Grants

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce the funding of six grants in our November 2014 grant cycle. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded $140,000 towards creative and innovative projects and materials in the Bedford Public Schools.

At Davis School, first grade teacher Mrs. Jill Beers was awarded a $2,500 grant for a classroom set of 25 Hokki stools. The HOKKI is an ergonomic stool with a convex base that allows movement – rocking, twisting and turning – which increases students’ attention spans and concentration.Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 7.58.13 PM

At Lane School, Special Education teachers Elizabeth Larrabee and Christine Shaw were awarded a $3,400 grant for 14 Forte portable word processors to replace outdated AlphaSmarts. The Forte is an assistive technology tool to help students who have difficulty with the writing process. The Forte is loaded with programs and features designed by teachers and specialists specifically to assist and support student writing.
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Lane School Technology Integration Specialist Matt Hall was awarded a $1200 grant for
20 Sphero robotic balls and educational packs. A Sphero connects wirelessly and can carry out orders more than 50 feet away from the iPad used to control it.
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At JGMS, English teacher Kelsey Little was awarded a $245 grant to create a comfy
reading lounge in her 8th grade classroom as a way to encourage reluctant readers.

JGMS teacher Libbey Beinert Hunnewell was awarded a $200 grant for Project Adventure books and games. In addition to using these resources in her own life skills classes, she plans to share these resources with all of JGMS’s teachers with the goal of incorporating Project Adventure activities and experiential learning aspects into every classroom at JGMS.

Bedford High School Robotics and Tech Ed. Teacher John O’Connor was awarded a $620 grant for an ION Air Pro Camera and equipment to mount the camera to the robots that the classes build. His students will be able to see what their robots “see” and use the video in reports of the robots’ performance in different challenges.