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Grant Brings Toys To Life

Meadow View teacher Eric Wright holds two LEGO kits he purchased through a BEF grant. A new $4,200 grant will allow him to provide an entire classroom set of kits for his STEM class.

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.

Educators Surprised With $36,000 In Grants

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

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.

BEF Receives $10,000 Donation For Classroom Grants

The Oregon Duck presents a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation's Brooke Cottle. The windfall will go to Bethel classrooms in the form of BEF mini-grants.

The Oregon Duck presents a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation’s Brooke Cottle. The windfall will go to Bethel classrooms in the form of BEF mini-grants.

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.

Mother’s Day Plant And Compost Sale

Hanging plants, hundreds of organically grown vegetable starts, and nutrition-rich compost are all available at the annual Kalapuya Mother's Day Plant Sale Saturday.

Hanging plants, hundreds of organically grown vegetable starts, and nutrition-rich compost are all available at the annual Kalapuya Mother’s Day Plant Sale Saturday.

This is a sale the community eagerly anticipates every year.

Hundreds of vegetable starts, flower pots and hanging flower baskets will be sold Saturday from 10:00-2:00 in a Mother’s Day sale at Kalapuya High School.

All proceeds go back into the KHS Horticulture program.

Saturday’s event will also offer high-grade compost sold by the Bethel Education Foundation. The Love Food Not Waste compost is made from food waste, some of which comes from Bethel school cafeterias. A raffle will also be offered for some outstanding prizes.

Students have used Kalapuya High School’s professional quality greenhouse to grow the plants using organic methods, with seed donations from Territorial Seed and donations of soil from Aurora Innovations.

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