BEF Obtains $20,000 Mozilla Grant for Kalapuya High School

Thanks to Bethel Education Foundation’s efforts, a $20,000 grant will soon send Kalapuya High School students out in the field for a mapping project with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Kalapuya students will assist with a comprehensive mapping of invasive species and culturally important plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir. They will also monitor the ecological restoration projects KHS students have completed in recent years.

The grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund will provide handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) computers, allowing KHS students to stream the GIS data back to the Army Corps.

Click here for more information about the Mozilla grants awarded in Eugene
Click here to watch a video about gigabit technology and the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund

BEF Receives $10,000 From College Football Playoff Foundation

The UO Duck presents a $10,000 check to BEF co-founder Brooke Cottle.

                      The UO Duck presents a $10,000 check to BEF co-founder Brooke Cottle.

The University of Oregon selected the Bethel Education Foundation as the agency to receive $10,000 from the College Football Playoff Foundation. The UO Duck presented the check to BEF co-founder Brooke Cottle at Autzen Stadium during a break in the Ducks’ football game against Stanford.

Each PAC-12 school – including the UO – received the money and former Bethel principal Glen Martz recommended that the UO donate the $10,000 to the BEF. In addition to the windfall, UO athletes will be on hand to help BEF board members present 2016 mini-grant awards to surprised Bethel educators.

BEF Awards $30,000 In Grants

Irving kindergarten teacher Su Roehl celebrates with her students after being awarded a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation.

The Bethel Education Foundation surprised teachers throughout the district by handing out $30,000 in mini-grants.

Click to see the award presentations

BEF Board members were joined by a student band from Prairie Mountain School to make 39 surprise presentations, with the grants ranging up to $1,500.

Teachers asked for funding for iPads, gardening equipment, OBOB books, science materials, field trips, and much more.

The BEF works year-round raising money to provide the supports teachers need to enhance students’ education.

Click here to donate to the BEF and continue the work they do on behalf of Bethel kids.