Beaverton Education Foundation gears up for 15th annual Phone-a-thon

This month, residents are being asked to answer the phone as the Beaverton Education Foundation kicks off its 15th annual Phone-a-thon hoping to raise money to support a variety of innovative programs throughout the school district.

For five nights beginning Oct. 14, up to 300 Beaverton School District high school students will man telephones with plans to make more than 7,000 phone calls in an effort to secure funding for hands-on, innovative academic enrichment and advancement programs for students.

A new location to make all those calls is a highlight of this year’s phone-a-thon, according to Kristine Baggett, the Beaverton Education Foundation’s executive director.

Ruby Receptionists, which provides personalized live, virtual receptionist services, is welcoming the young callers into its state-of-the-art calling center in the Murrayhill area of Beaverton, said Baggett.

“It is a beautiful space,” she said. “They’re looking forward to this as much as we are.”

Baggett said the foundation has a $100,000 goal for the phone-a-thon set for Oct. 14, 16, 17, 22 and 23, with 60 students calling each of those nights.

Last year’s calling event resulted in funding everything from skateboard decks to unique sculpture programs.

“We funded 100 projects and programs through all 50 of the schools,” said Baggett.

The Beaverton Education Foundation also is celebrating 25 years in the community. Over that time, Baggett estimates the organization has paid for nearly 1,300 staff-designed projects and programs using $4 million in community donations.

She said she’s pleased the phone-a-thon has grown in both popularity and its technological capabilities. That means going from using stationary desk phones early in the phone-a-thon to fully integrated voiceover IP headsets.

Baggett is also impressed with how supportive the community and foundation sponsors have been over the years in efforts to support teachers in Beaverton’s public schools.

“When our kids call, you’ve got to pick up the phone,” Baggett stressed.

Other special events include:

  • Friday, Oct. 4: Phone-a-thon kickoff with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce runs from 7 to 8 a.m. at Ruby Receptionists, 14795 S.W. Murray-Scholls Drive.

  • Sunday, Oct. 8: Subway restaurants will donate 15 percent of profits from 4 to 9 p.m., when customers say, “I love BEF.”

  • Sunday, Oct. 15: Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant, 1520 N.W. Bethany Blvd., will donate 10 percent of sales from 6 to 10 p.m. to the foundation.
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