The Bedford Area Education Foundation began in 2001 when several community members met and committed to develop tangible support for Better Education for our students in Bedford County. As the group grew and agreed on the principles to create a partnership with the community for our schools, we filed for nonprofit status in 2002. Since then, we’ve raised more than $350,000 and provided nearly 400 grants to elevate education in our community for today’s students and educators and tomorrow’s leaders.
The mission of the Bedford Area Educational Foundation is to support the highest quality public education for students in the County and City of Bedford, Virginia. To accomplish this we will:
Develop a strong link between the community and public education
Enhance and enrich education beyond our basic obligation to provide good education through public revenue
Provide teacher and student educational enrichment grant
The foundation will operate under the following principles:
Tangible support for Better Education must be ongoing and self-perpetuating.
The Foundation cannot replace the need for public education.
The community recognizes the benefits of supporting Better Education for our children.
The educational responsibility for the children of our community belongs to all of us.
The community recognizes the value of maintaining an atmosphere of respect and support for our teachers.
The benefits of having an educational foundation in the Bedford area are:
The Foundation provides a way for all Bedford area residents to join together to show their support for Better Education
Better Education adds support for a strong economic system.
Better Education is a source of community pride.
By supporting Better Education, we can retain and attract exceptional educators who have access to innovative tools for the classroom.
Debby Allen, Forest
Tim Black, Bedford
John Mack, Big Island
Marsha Melton, Bedford
Rita Otey, Forest
Michele Shaffer, Forest
John Stinnett, Bedford
Donna Templeton, Forest
Wyatt Walton, Bedford
Donna Dunn, Forest