Community can help raise funds for school grants

As June draws to a close, the Beaverton Education Foundation seeks the public’s support in meeting a hefty challenge.

Fred Meyer presented the nonprofit organization with a $5,000 challenge grant on the last day of school that hinges on the foundation raising $5,000 in matching contributions from community supporters.

With only a few days to go, the foundation is just shy of $1,800 in donations of meeting its goal.

“I have every confidence we will get there,” said Kristine Baggett, executive director of the foundation. “Our community always steps up, and our folks are so kind to us. When we ask them to help out, our parents and community members absolutely do.”

To date, many longtime supporters of the foundation’s work in Beaverton’s public schools have answered the call for matching funds.

“They support us in our mission to make sure every kid and every teacher have what they need,” Baggett said Tuesday.

Funds collected during this latest fundraising effort will be used to fund the BEF’s first round of classroom innovation grants in the fall. Staff members within the Beaverton School District must submit their requests for classroom projects by the first day of school.

Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded to projects that engage students.

“My goal is to receive requests from every single school in the district,” Baggett said. “Nothing would make me happier.

“So far, I already have five requests for this first round and have talked to six others about what they would like to do with their students.”

Baggett said she was grateful to those who have contributed to this effort to fund inspiring classroom projects in schools.

“Funds raised will mean more science, math, writing and art projects next year,” she added. “Contributions mean more tools in the hands of teachers and students to participate in hands-on learning.”

For more information about the challenge grant and how to support the effort, visit

Now in its 25th year, the Beaverton Education Foundation is a community-based nonprofit organization that raises money to provide hands-on innovative, academic enrichment and advancement programs that go beyond normal school funding at all 50 Beaverton public schools. The foundation mobilizes community resources to fund classroom, summer and after-school programs.

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