Bethlehem Press

Monday, August 20, 2018
contributed photos bY Marco Calderon PhotographyOver 70 students from Liberty and Freedom high schools entertain guests with a spectacular integrated performance. contributed photos bY Marco Calderon PhotographyOver 70 students from Liberty and Freedom high schools entertain guests with a spectacular integrated performance.
Colorful centerpieces educated guests on the program’s The Foundation for the BASD support. Colorful centerpieces educated guests on the program’s The Foundation for the BASD support.
Thomas Jefferson ES students Alexis Santamaria, Daniel King and Aiden Miller share their coding robot knowledge skills at their interactive student expo. Thomas Jefferson ES students Alexis Santamaria, Daniel King and Aiden Miller share their coding robot knowledge skills at their interactive student expo.
Guests put their “Hands in the Sand” with East Hills MS’s newest addition to their library, an augmented topography sandbox. This project was supported by the Gerald Tate Memorial Fund. Guests put their “Hands in the Sand” with East Hills MS’s newest addition to their library, an augmented topography sandbox. This project was supported by the Gerald Tate Memorial Fund.
Our Leaders of Tomorrow student volunteers ushered and entertained from Thomas Jefferson, Donegan, Spring Garden, Fountain Hill and William Penn elementary schools and Freedom HS. Our Leaders of Tomorrow student volunteers ushered and entertained from Thomas Jefferson, Donegan, Spring Garden, Fountain Hill and William Penn elementary schools and Freedom HS.
William Penn ES student Deron Cuadrado assists guests with the Virtual Reality student expo. Guests enjoyed taking a virtual reality trip to Africa, part of Deron’s 4th grade curriculum. William Penn ES student Deron Cuadrado assists guests with the Virtual Reality student expo. Guests enjoyed taking a virtual reality trip to Africa, part of Deron’s 4th grade curriculum.

Enhancing opportunities District foundation raises over $60,000 at annual Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District hosted its third annual Celebration Dinner March 20 at Sands Event Center, raising over $60,000 in net proceeds to support their mission – to enhance the learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District.

Over 450 guests enjoyed interactive student expos, integrated student musical performance, dynamic décor, placing bids on silent auction items, and a friendly game of “Are You Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader?” trivia game.

The student expos featured several Teacher Innovation awarded grants, including Hands in the Sand – a topography simulated sandbox, and Virtual Reality Field Trips – virtual reality technology used to take students around the world.

Before dinner, a powerful integrated musical performance by over 70 students from Liberty and Freedom high schools was a highlight of the evening. The décor throughout the event space featured many photographs of students emphasizing Our Leaders of Tomorrow.

With over 50 silent auction packages, guests enjoyed competing for winning bids on assorted items, including student artwork, sports packages, food packages and more.

The energy of the event elevated when guests at each table grouped together to compete for the bragging rights to claim they are indeed “Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader”! The entire program of the night was led by elementary, middle and high school student volunteers from across the district.

“Our goal each year is to create a fun environment for BASD supporters to learn about our mission and how we enhance learning opportunities for our students,” said Julie Bailey, executive director of The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District. “Thanks to all our dedicated trustees, volunteers, teachers, students, and community supporters, we achieved our goal and raised a remarkable amount of money,”

All proceeds will be used toward Teacher Innovation grants, Service Learning Grants, curriculum-based field trips, Project Lead the Way – Engineering program, Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Science program, Farm to School program, and the newly established Our Leaders of Tomorrow fund.

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ABOUT THE

FOUNDATION

Created to strengthen, enhance and enrich the educational experiences of the students of the Bethlehem Area School District, The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District was established in 1999. It is governed by a volunteer board of trustees, composed of business and community leaders who lend expertise to the operations of the organization. The Foundation’s focus has been helping educators deliver innovative teaching to students inside and outside the classroom. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the foundation raises funds through tax-deductible contributions to promote innovative educational programs that enhance the existing curriculum of Bethlehem Area School District.