Education Foundation to host fundraiser in Bedford

On Friday, Nov. 6, the Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) will host Shake it Up for Education at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.

The community fundraiser will feature preview performances by the cast of Bedford High School Theater’s All Shook Up, as well as instrumentalist and vocalist Chris Cavanaugh. Additionally, live and silent auctions with many exciting opportunities to walk home with fun trips, events and local goods will round out the evening.

With close to 200 tickets already sold for this event, the BEF hopes to raise substantial funding to support its 2016 grant cycle.

The BEF is a community-based independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) and non-partisan organization whose mission is to support academic excellence of the Bedford public schools by raising and providing funds for the benefit of its students. Consistent with this mission, the BEF raises money from individuals and businesses through an annual appeal and community events.

The BEF channels its funds to the schools through grants. Teachers, staff and administrators may apply for the grants each year. These grants are awarded for programs that support ongoing professional development and innovative projects that enhance the curriculum and refine teaching practices.

The BEF provides funds to schools beyond the normal operating budget and solely for programs and activities that will enhance the learning opportunities for students, and enable Bedford teachers to search for effective and creative strategies that ensure every child receives an excellent education. The organization has been supporting education grants in Bedford since 2005.

While independent of the school district, the BEF has an open and collaborative relationship with the Bedford School District. The BEF works closely with the school district to ensure that grants not only further its mission but also reflect school system goals. In addition, representatives from the superintendent’s office and the school board serve as liaisons to the organization.

The BEF invites community members to attend the upcoming fundraiser. Tickets for this event are $50 for community members and $25 for Bedford faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchase online at www.seatyourself.biz/befnh.