Bedford Education Foundation Summer Grants Awarded

Submitted by the Bedford Education Foundation

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) promotes classroom innovation and empowers teachers and students to meet the growing challenges of the 21st century. Through direct grants to individual classroom teachers and school administrators, and by collaborating with other established school organizations, the BEF is dedicated to enhancing classroom curricular creativity and innovation in the Bedford Public Schools.

We would like to thank the members of the BEF Grant Committee for volunteering their time and energy to review the grant proposals submitted for our July, 2018 deadline: Meg McAllister (grant chair), Melissa Cull, Jennifer Kelley, Jyotsna Mulgund, Noelle Oliveira, Lalitha Ranganath, Linda White, and Mary Lou Sallee (advisory member).

The awards include enrichment enhancements for classrooms in every Bedford school:

Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey ~ In-House Program Registration is Open

Submitted by Lexington Bedford Youth Hockey

Registration is now open for the youth In-House Hockey program, sponsored by Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey (LBYH). This program is open for players ages 5 through 10 and is comprised of one weekly game on Saturdays, with 7-8 practices throughout the season.

The season runs from late October through February, including an end of season playoff tournament and banquet ceremony in March.

The Bedford Rotary Club ~ Supporting Delta Dog in 2018

Submitted by Melinda Nicholson, on behalf of the Bedford Rotary Club and Delta Dog

Operation Delta Dog, a non-profit organization with a unique program of saving two lives: Rescuing homeless dogs and training them to work as service or assistance dogs for veterans who are suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) saves both the dog and the Veteran too!

This unique program has inspired the Rotary Club of Bedford to name Operation Delta Dog as one of the principal projects for 2018.

Train to Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities

Submitted by the Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc.

Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is holding its next free Volunteer Advocate Training program at the Concord Police Department from September 25 to October 13, 2018. This 40-hour training session is provided at no cost to attendees and is being held on evenings and Saturdays to accommodate work schedules. The classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 PM, and Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Classes will be held on September 25, 27, 29 and October 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 13.

Letter to the Editor, August 28, 2018: As Temperatures Soar, ‘Shave the Peak’ Between 3 and 7 pm

By Renu Bostwick
Bedford Mothers Out Front

Editor’s Note: Mass Energy suggests that today, August 28, might be the biggest peak we’ve seen in New England since 2013. Please help Bedford to do its part to keep the town’s electricity demand low on hot afternoons.

Are you also concerned about the number of increasing days we’re getting with temperatures over 90 degrees? You can help to reduce the carbon emissions that are leading to extreme weather, especially on peak electricity use days! On high use days, electricity is generated by the dirtiest fuels.

Your local Bedford Mothers Out Front team is pleased to share with you the Shave the Peak program by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, where they alert all of us to peak electricity use days and we take action to reduce our use at those specific times. Please see their message below for more information and ideas.

Everything You Need to Know About the “BEST RYLA EVER!”

By Samantha Gallant

As the school year wrapped up this past June, twelve Bedford sophomores jumped from final exams to packing, as they headed off to Fitchburg State University for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

The weekend-long conference began on Friday, June 22, and concluded the following Sunday evening. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, commonly referred to as RYLA, aims to provide a weekend jam-packed with opportunities and challenges that serve to promote growth in its participants, as leaders, and as people.

Collecting Bikes for Botswana ~ August 26 to September 2

Submitted by Lily Nemirovsky

For the third year in a row, our family is running a bike drive to collect used bikes (and bike parts!) to send to Botswana, Africa as part of an organization called Bicycles for Humanity.

These bikes provide communities in need with cheap and easy transportation and provide the locals with jobs repairing the bikes and keeping the station up and running.

Destination Imagination, 2018: Teams Forming Soon with Innovation and Fun to Follow

Submitted by Jennifer Cunningham for Bedford MADI

Does your child want to spend this winter working with friends to create something AWESOME??

Maybe designing an aircraft, creating a new game gizmo, or researching a medical mystery. How about an original musical; a super-strong, uncrushable tower; or an original improv skit? Bedford Destination Imagination is forming new teams for the upcoming season!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a project-based extracurricular that teaches kids the creative process, from concept to design to execution, with an emphasis on teamwork, originality, and problem-solving. DI fosters students’ curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of science, engineering, technology, fine arts, and service learning. In working to solve DI Challenges, teams learn 21st-century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication) by using individual talents and interests to create something entirely new as a team.

Route 62 Realignment Creates Better Sight Lines for Drivers and a Larger, Safer Garden Space

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Poor sight lines at the intersection of Old Billerica Road and Burlington Road/Route 62 have vexed drivers for years, now the garden on the intersection’s tiny island will benefit from the roadway’s soon-to-be-implemented redesign. The new plan offers increased safety for drivers as well as volunteers and greenery.

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