Proceeds used to support innovative teacher-led programs to enhance learning opportunities
The Birmingham Education Foundation has launched its annual fund campaign to raise funds from the community and businesses to support exceptional educational experiences for all Birmingham Public School students.
BEF is particularly proud that 100% of all elementary school teachers, plus the vast majority of middle and high school teachers donate to the fund. “Our teachers are our front line ambassadors,” said Alison Hendry, BEF’s executive director. “When they have innovative and fun ideas to better reach and inspire their classroom students, they know that BEF grants are available and can often provide the necessary funding to make the ‘extras’ happen.”
BEF typically returns about $150,000 to BPS classrooms to help inspire students and nurture their passion in art, athletics, robotics, science, math, literature or service learning projects. The BPS 2016 state of the district annual report describes the need for BEF as follows:
“Why do we need an Education Foundation for Birmingham Public Schools?” The simple answer is this - the kids! It is difficult to predict what will inspire a student, so BEF resources are used to expand on the exceptional curriculum provided by BPS.
“Sometimes it is the little things that make a difference, like studying bees in science class all year long, or visiting a planetarium to help solidify that astronomy lesson. It could also be bigger things, like attending the global finals competition for champion problem solvers, or visiting with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to learn appreciation for the fine arts and music. The BEF has supported literacy programs, helped at-risk students, provided the extras to make a program better or stronger and supported the teachers who come up with better ways to deliver curriculum to their students.”
Please consider supporting the annual fund and investing in our community and our children. Your gift will help the BEF support even more eye-opening and inspirational experiences for students this school year. Making a gift is easy. Give online at www.supportbef.org or mail a donation to:
Birmingham Education Foundation
31301 Evergreen Road
Beverly Hills, Mi
On behalf of BEF, we are so incredibly Thankful for your support! For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Alison Hendry at 248-203-3030 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.