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.



  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 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:

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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 by Friday January 29 and be sure to include your name and the year the photo was taken.


  • 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!

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!”