The Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) presented its annual end-of-the-year update for the School Committee. The BEF granted over $20,000 in funds during the 2018-2019 school year to support innovative projects proposed by Burlington educators. BEF President Paula Boermeester highlighted the following grants from this past year:
- FITStep Pro Pedometers were provided for all of the elementary schools so that Physical Education (PE) teachers could help students track their activity during PE activities.
- Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) - This program from the Boomerang Project covered the cost of two middle school staff members to attend a training to support the implementation this middle school orientation and transition program.
- BSmart Program at BHS - Motivational Speaker David Flood
For more on the BEF Grants in Action in our schools check out the BEF website.
Mrs. Boermeester also discussed the annual events that the BEF sponsors to raise the funds that make these grants possible. In addition to there annual membership campaign, the BEF also sponsors STAR Awards, spring and fall raffles, Trivia Night, and the annual 5K road race. Mrs. Boermeester also noted the significant financial support that the local business community provides the BEF.
As we end one school year and prepare for another, the BEF could use more volunteers to support its efforts during the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form at the BEF website.