Bethel Education Foundation
The Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) is now accepting proposals for grants up to $1,500.
The BEF was formed in 2009 by a group of active Bethel parents. It has since given away more than $160,000 in grants for innovative, engaging and effective programs that enhance the quality of education for students in Bethel School District.
This year the City of Eugene has provided an additional $10,000 in funding specifically for Waste Prevention and Composting Education proposals.
The submission due date is the end of the day Thursday, October 26th, and the BEF plans to award the grants before Thanksgiving break so funded projects can be initiated as soon as possible for Bethel students.
Eric Wright has the magic touch.
The Meadow View 8th grade teacher has been awarded yet another grant, this one from Toshiba America for $4,200. It will provide a class set of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits for his STEM class.
Students will be able to use the toys to experience hands-on lessons in computer science and engineering, and robotics. Each kit includes a powerful programmable computer to control various motors, high tech sensors and a large number of pieces. Students will build a variety of working robots that can be programmed to complete numerous tasks.
Wright got started with two of the LEGO kits through a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation, but the Toshiba grant will allow him to expand the robotics to his entire class.
In the last few years he’s been awarded other grants to purchase a drone, a 3D printer, an iPad Pro, calculators, and a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Cheers and tears greeted Bethel Education Foundation representatives as they handed out more than $36,000 in grants to dozens of Bethel educators.
The BEF will be funding a variety of exciting and innovative projects to benefit Bethel students at all grade levels, everything from technology to trips and rockets to robots.
The educators didn’t know that the BEF was coming, but they heard the small group of 6th grade Shasta band students marching down the hall leading the grant parade into their classrooms.
The BEF has been raising funds to support teachers’ special projects for seven years.
If you would like to contribute in order to help the Foundation continue to provide this support, click here.
One of the best parts of the Oregon Ducks’ final home football game came during the third quarter.
The Oregon Duck presented a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation.
The windfall is a grant from the College Football Playoff Foundation. Each PAC-12 school – including the UO – received the money and former Bethel principal Glen Martz recommended that the UO donate the $10,000 to the BEF.
BEF co-founder Brooke Cottle was welcomed onto the Autzen Stadium turf to accept the giant check.
Not only will Bethel students benefit from this generous donation, UO athletes will be on hand to help BEF board members present the grant awards to surprised Bethel educators on Wednesday, December 14.