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The Bedford City Schools Foundation invests in a learning environment empowering students and teachers to be successful in academic endeavors. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 that hosts fundraisers to support scholarships and mini grants that typically fall outside of the District’s budget. The governing board’s membership includes up to twenty-five volunteer trustees consisting of parents, community members, business owners and educators both current and retired.
Your participation in the fundraising efforts along with cash donations and sponsorships, makes a difference in opportunities for both students and our educators.
The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the educational experience by providing resources to promote excellence in teaching and learning.
- Every child deserves a positive and supportive learning environment.
- Excellent teachers kindle learning.
- A quality education is key to a vibrant community.
In 1991, a Strategic Plan was developed in the Bedford City School District. Strategy #10 called for the creation of educational Foundation to support the schools.
Superintendent Dr. George Bowdouris appointed Bud McNellie as chairperson of the committee to implement the strategy. Having researched other Foundations, he was excited to take on the challenge. The committee, now referred to as Founding Members, included Ed Blount, Paul Kostansek, Bud McNellie, Sherry Pidala, and Hilary Taylor.
A non-profit status as a 501(c)3 was approved in 1992.
Shortly thereafter, the Zonta Club of Bedford, under the leadership of Ruth Siegel, dissolved the organization and donated $5,000 to the Foundation. (Ruth Siegel was Secondary Curriculum Supervisor in the Bedford Schools.)
In May of 1992, the Foundation awarded its first four-year scholarship and over the years, the awards have grown. By 2019, there were sixty-two (62) Foundation scholarships each $1,000 for four years; sixteen (16) ‘Chris Valley’ Scholarships – $500/year; five (5) one year Art Scholarships – $500 one time award; and three (3) ‘Paul G. Ward’ Scholarships – $500/year. Teacher grants have been awarded since 1997 totaling approximately $6,000 annually. Other expenditures included support for educational programs, speakers, student field trips and special events.
Membership currently consists of twenty-three (23) Trustees; however, many other individuals have served over the years. The Foundation since its inception has worked with four superintendents – Dr. Bowdouris, Martha Motsco Esq., Sherm Micsak and Dr. Andrea Celico.
We encourage you to be part of our history!