Bethel Education Foundation

Kalapuya Grant Funds New GIS And Outdoor Education

Kalapuya students will work from the shore and will use the school’s fleet of canoes to map plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir this spring.

A $20,000 grant will soon send Kalapuya High School students out in the field for a mapping project with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund will provide handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) computers via a partnership with the National Science Foundation. It will be administered through the Bethel Education Foundation.

Kalapuya students will assist with a comprehensive mapping of invasive species and culturally important plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir. They will also monitor the ecological restoration projects that KHS students have completed in recent years.

Students will stream the GIS data back to the Army Corp, getting literal hands-on training with emerging GIS technology, which could be a new career path.

Kalapuya’s is one of only 14 projects in five American cities awarded by the latest Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund.

$37,000+ Handed Out In Bethel

Fairfield music teacher Stacie Wicks celebrates a $1,296 BEF grant with her students. The funds will provide iPads for a music composition center at Fairfield.

Surprised Bethel teachers have been awarded more than $37,000 by the Bethel Education Foundation.

The BEF works year-round to raise money to fund grants that enhance the educational experience for Bethel students.

Led by a small student band, BEF Board members marched into classrooms to present 38 grants. Every Bethel school received at least one grant.

There were cheers from students and tears from grateful educators.

The BEF has given away nearly $200,000 in grants over the last 8 years.

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BEF Funds Grants Worth $37,000

Reactions like the one from Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach will be repeated throughout Bethel when $37,000 in BEF grants are handed out on November 16.

The winners haven’t been notified yet, but the Bethel Education Foundation will soon be awarding 38 grants worth $37,302.

More than half of the grant submissions will be funded, promising more opportunities to enhance the educational opportunities for students throughout Bethel School District.

BEF representatives will be traveling from school to school to surprise teachers with the grant awards on Thursday, November 16.

This will be the earliest the BEF has been able to award the funds, with the intent of allowing the grants to make a difference for students as soon as possible. The BEF has funded nearly $200,000 in grants since being established in 2009 by a group of active and caring Bethel parents.

BEF Offers Classroom Grants Again

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach was among the dozens surprised with BEF grants last school year.

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.

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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.

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