21st Teddy Bear Picnic Raises Thousands for Classroom Grants

December 9, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Education Foundation celebrated its 21st Annual Teddy Bear Picnic Holiday Luncheon on December 8th.

The festivity featured a silent auction of dozens of  hand-crafted gift baskets donated by BCSD schools, District departments, benefactors and the business community.

Guests enjoyed musical entertainment by the McKinley Glee Club and Owens Intermediate Bob Cat Performers.

The BCSD Education Foundation thanks all who participated in the event, including donors and all the volunteers. The event raised more than 20 thousand dollars that will be directed towards teacher grants for BCSD classrooms.

Special thanks to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, presenting sponsor of the event, as well as all the event sponsors: Ordiz Melby Architects, Sonitrol, XIT Solutions, Lundgren Management, KGET 17, Stinson’s, A2Z Technologies, Don Kinzel Construction, Teach Me Technology, United Refrigeration, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Voyager Sopris Learning, and Law Office of Curtis Floyd.

The BCSD Education Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with the community to provide resources that directly impact the lives of children through innovative educational programs. For more information, visit http://bcsd.com/communitypartnerships/.

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McKinley Glee Club



Mark Luque, Assistant Superintendent, BCSD Educational Services.


Emerson Elementary School representatives Kim Davis and Helen Watson with Donald Vereen, President of the BCSD Education Foundation.


Dee Dee Harrison, F.A.C.E. Coordinator; Dayna Gardner, Principal at Horace Mann Elementary School; and Superintendent Doc Ervin.


Dee Slade, Education Foundation/Teddy Bear Picnic Chairperson.


Owens Intermediate Bob Cat Performers



Representatives of the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association.





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