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Beaverton Education Foundation seeks donations for 100 school projects

It's not too late to answer the call and participate in the Beaverton Education Foundation's 1 Campaign.

The nonprofit organization wrapped up its annual phone-a-thon Thursday night to raise money to support its goal of funding 100 projects this year in Beaverton's public schools.

In the last few weeks, hundreds of high school students volunteered to place calls in the community, asking folks to donate.

Those donations will benefit 100 projects, which support classroom activities throughout the Beaverton School District, including visiting artists, scientists and writers; project equipment and technology; program supplies and materials; as well as after-school and summer enrichment programs.

As part of the campaign, the Beaverton Education Foundation in September awarded its Fall 2011 BEF Classroom Innovation Grants.

After reviewing special projects submitted by Beaverton School District staff, the foundation awarded nearly $22,000 for projects designed to encourage innovative and creative teaching techniques in local public schools.  

Including the 26 classroom projects awarded last month, the foundation has funded 40 projects towards its goal of 100.  

One project called 'Engineering Design: Designing Maglev Systems' will help prepare students - in 18 classrooms at three schools - to succeed within the ever-changing, competitive global job market. The program provides students with opportunities to engage in the processes utilized by scientists, engineers and mathematicians as they seek to investigate and solve real-world dilemmas.

The classroom innovation awards were made possible with donations from the community, including the Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Mike Osborne Memorial Award Fund and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All program.

For a list and summary of the Fall 2011 BEF Classroom Innovation Grants or to make a donation to the BEF 1 Campaign, visit www.beavertonEDfoundation.org .