The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud and excited to announce our special Fall grant award! The BEF Grant Committee recently voted to fund $15,680 to assist with the further development of the Student Advisory Program at Bedford High School (BHS).
While the advisory program was implemented at BHS this school year, the grant award will fund consultancy, training, and materials to make this important initiative even more successful and sustainable over the next two years.
Research has shown that when students make a lasting connection with at least one caring adult, academic and personal outcomes improve. An advisory period is an important time for educators and students to develop strong interpersonal bonds. In the advisory group, a teacher, administrator or other qualified staff member will meet with students and lead group activities that address a broad range of student concerns.
The goals are to:
- build safe and supportive environments
- foster a trusted relationship with at least one adult in the building
- address schoolwide and other issues when appropriate at Bedford High School
- establish a regular check in for all students
- build positive peer relationships by offering opportunities for student collaboration and conversation in mixed grade-level groupings
- creating experiences that emphasize collaboration, responsibility, leadership and problem solving
With successful advisory programs, each student knows that someone will notice and care if they are absent, struggling or doing well. The BEF is thrilled to be able to assist with the further implementation of this program, which has already been so thoughtfully introduced to BHS students during this challenging time. We thank BHS Principal Heather Galante, as well as her student and faculty Student Advisory Committees, for their application and dedication to this program. Congratulations!
Please note: This is the second grant cycle in which the BEF has awarded funds for a district-based initiative during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. We expect to return to our mission of funding individual teacher grants when the situation in the schools makes it appropriate to do so. Please follow the BEF on Facebook and/or visit our website at www.bedfordeducation.org for further announcements in the coming months regarding fundraising and grant opportunities. Thank you, as always, for your support!