Beaverton Education Foundation: Striving to Support Beaverton Students
by BEF Staff
Since 1988, our donors have helped BEF invest over $3.0 million in grants for 1,300 programs and projects that would not have existed without community support. This help inspired and encouraged students at all 51 Beaverton schools last year.
During the 2016-17 school year, BEF was able to assist 26,463 students with family science nights, wrote and published their own books, became better readers, built positive adult relationships during before or after school programs, and took another step down their path to success. Every one of these students experienced learning by doing. Every one of these experiences added to our kids’ development in important ways.
How do these hands-on learning opportunities become a reality? It is built on a cornerstone approach of sorts. Beginning with Beaverton’s Choice (www.beavertonschoice.org), the hub that brings community and classroom together. Think this of a crowd-funding source for programs and projects specifically for Beaverton students. Matching time, resources and/or money with specific projects throughout our Beaverton schools and classrooms, Beaverton’s Choice provides ample opportunities at all levels.
Continuing with the Safe and Sound 4 Student Success (S4) program, after school academic support combined with athletics for our middle school’s most at-risk students. For an estimated 800 students at seven traditional middles schools, and one option school, S4 provides quantifiable change in: behavior marks, academic performance, students actively engaging with a caring adult at school and general confidence both socially and academically at the middle school level.
Camp Achieve is another program that mitigates the “summer slide” at the elementary level. Developed as a fun and interactive summer school program, Camp Achieve is offered at seven sites, serving close to 1,000 students this past summer. BEF has a goal of to be at 15 sites by summer 2019.
BEF continues to be the innovative source of emerging programs & projects. BEF teams with Beaverton School District staff as these projects provide opportunities for scalability and/or exploration. Some of these programs include the Future Bus, Summer Rocket Readers and Art Literacy Digital Transition projects.
Tying together efforts of school – work – and community support, the annual BEF Phone-a-thon brings together 35 teams of high school students raising community awareness and funds for the Foundation along with gaining work, team and community service experiences. This year will be the 19th year of the phone-a-thon, hosted at our friends at Ruby Receptionists.
The 2017-18 school year will have more opportunities with new schools, new students and new ideas. With your support, BEF-funded projects and programs will continue to inspire our students, support innovation in our classrooms and increase student success through hands-on learning in now, 53 schools in our community. Together with community support and driven by inspiration, innovation and gratitude, BEF continues to partner by filling in the gaps, incubate a promising idea, optimizing an opportunity, serving all schools with hands on learning, and connecting the community and classroom.
To find out more about BEF programs, visit our website at www.beavertonEDfoundation.org.