January 4, 2017 –
The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Education Foundation is currently looking to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors. 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. Several grant opportunities are available to BCSD teachers through the Education Foundation which are approved at the monthly meetings held at the BCSD Education Center
“Being a member of this board has been so fulfilling to me as a member of our community,” said Don Vereen, President of the BCSD Education Foundation Board of Directors, who has served since 2007. “To witness how teachers use the grants to incorporate creative ways to better teach the students in our classrooms, makes all the volunteer hours on this board very much worth the time.”
The BCSD Education Foundation raises funds via events such as the Bakersfield Luau, golf tournaments, and their signature holiday event “Teddy Bear Picnic.” In 2016, the foundation introduced a new giving campaign, the Tree of Knowledge, which is on permanent display in the front lobby of the BCSD Education Center, and features multicolored leaves and a limited number of foundational rocks with donor name inscriptions. Every dollar raised via these campaigns goes directly back to benefit students in the classroom.
“I love the grant opportunities because teaching our next generation to believe in and reach for their dreams starts with having hands-on opportunities to see, make, touch, visit, and build,” said Margaret Briganti, a teacher at Horace Mann who has received several Foundation grants. “Education Foundation grants are the wow factor in learning. If we can get a student to ask us, ‘what are we going to do tomorrow, teacher?’ then we have created a lifelong learner.”
For more information on the Education Foundation, visit http://bcsd.com/communitypartnerships/. If you are interested in becoming involved, please call 661-631-4678. For priority consideration, please submit a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, which includes a brief biography and experience serving the community, by February 10, 2017.