We are beyond disappointed to have to share this news, but due to a permanent closure of our planned venue, the BEF May Soirée will not be taking place on May 6th at the DoubleTree Hotel. We have been working over the past few days to investigate other possibilities, but we do not have a definitive announcement at this time. We know you were as excited as we were about this event, and we hope to be in touch soon. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Thank you, Bingo Night Donors!

Thank you, Bedford, for making the BEF Bingo Night a huge success! What a fun evening, it was so great to see you all! The BEF would especially like to thank the many wonderful local businesses who donated prizes for the event. Please consider supporting them as they have supported Bedford’s educators and students during these difficult times. We were able to offer so many great prizes to add to the fun of the event, and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity!

Bedford Bingo Night – Deadline Thursday, April 29th!

Join us Saturday Night for a Great Cause!

You don’t want to miss this fun night to support innovative and creative grant programs in Bedford’s schools! Our educators have worked tirelessly this year to provide the best possible education for our students, and the BEF will continue to be there for them, BUT we can’t do it without your help! 

As always, we have a lot of fun planned! Simply click the “Donate” tab above to register – donate $10 per Bingo card, and note in the comments how many you would like. If any family members will play in a different location, they should be registered separately so that we have their email. Once registered, you will receive an email on FRIDAY with your cards and a link to the Zoom for the event. This email will include further instructions for play. 

WEAR YOUR BEDFORD-THEMED GEAR for some extra fun! There will be a prize FOR “Best Dressed”!

Spring Fundraiser Announced!

Please make sure to note “Bingo cards” with the appropriate number in the comment section of the donation page.

We thank our community, as always, for your support of the BEF during these challenging times. We hope you will join us for this fun event as we look forward to raising more funds and reinstating our typical grant programming during 2021. We have been able to assist with some wonderful initiatives in our schools this year, despite Covid, and we could not continue our mission without your help! Thank you, Bedford!

Fall 2020 Grant Awarded!

Congratulations to Bedford High School!

The BEF is proud and excited to announce our special Fall grant award! The BEF Grant Committee recently voted to fund $15,680 to assist with the further development of the Student Advisory Program at Bedford High School. While the advisory program was implemented at BHS this school year, the grant award will fund consultancy, training, and materials to make this important initiative even more successful and sustainable over the next two years. Research has shown that when students make a lasting connection with at least one caring adult, academic and personal outcomes improve. An advisory period is an important time for educators and students to develop strong interpersonal bonds. In the advisory group, a teacher, administrator or other qualified staff member will meet with students and lead group activities that address a broad range of student concerns. The goals are to:

● build safe and supportive environments
● foster a trusted relationship with at least one adult in the building
● address schoolwide and other issues when appropriate at Bedford High School
● establish a regular check in for all students
● build positive peer relationships by offering opportunities for student collaboration and conversation in mixed grade-level groupings
● creating experiences that emphasize collaboration, responsibility, leadership and problem solving

With successful advisory programs, each student knows that someone will notice and care if they are absent, struggling or doing well. The BEF is thrilled to be able to assist with the further implementation of this program, which has already been so thoughtfully introduced to BHS students during this challenging time. We thank BHS Principal Heather Galante, as well as her student and faculty Student Advisory Committees, for their application and dedication to this program. Congratulations!

Please note: This is the second grant cycle in which the BEF has awarded funds for a district-based initiative during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. We expect to return to our mission of funding individual teacher grants when the situation in the schools makes it appropriate to do so. Please follow the BEF on Facebook and/or visit our website at www.bedfordeducation.org for further announcements in the coming months regarding fundraising and grant opportunities. Thank you, as always, for your support!

BEF Fall Contest

Check out all the entries in the Fall contest! Click on the rectangle at the top left of the map to display a list of categories – make sure to click the drop down arrow to display all the address. The square brackets on the top right of the map will open a larger map.

Presenting More Exciting Details on our Fall Fundraiser……

The Bedford Education Foundation is excited to share some further information regarding our Fall fundraiser! It’s time to enter The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest!

The contest is already open, and entries are coming in, so here’s how you can be a part of the fun. First, click on the “Donate” tab above. A minimum $25 donation gets your home on the map. Don’t forget to include your address and mention “Fall contest” in the notes. You can also indicate if your display is best viewed at night, and the BEF will designate these displays on the map, which will be available to the community when the contest has closed. Next, decorate the front of your home with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and/or scarecrows to show your support for Bedford’s schools. Then, send us a picture! Be creative!

Entry and Decorating must be complete by Wednesday, Oct. 28th. Voting takes place between 10/29 & 11/1. While we encourage community members to get out and about safely to view the displays, pictures will also be available on-line. The community at-large will vote for “Best Overall Display” in each category – Scarecrow or Pumpkin, and the BEF Events Committee will vote for winners in these special categories: Best Bedford Themed, Funniest Fall, and Spookiest Displays!

Please note that the mapping and judging elements of this contest are for residences only. Several local businesses will be enthusiastically decorating, however, so please keep an eye out for them as well!

Winners will be announced on 11/2, and yes, there are PRIZES! Many generous Bedford businesses have donated items for our fabulous contest prize packages. More details to come before the deadline, but start planning your display today! Any questions, please contact the BEF via email at president@bedfordeducation.org. As always, all proceeds from this event help the BEF fund creative and innovative grant programs at all four Bedford schools.

The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest!

Introducing an exciting fundraiser from the BEF! This is a different kind of Fall, but the BEF is still working hard to support educators at all four schools. So, get creative, Bedford, it’s time for The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest! More details to come, but start planning – check out the flyer below for all the info, and register on our website’s DONATE page by clicking the tab above!