May 25, 2017
Mission Statement
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation supports the highest quality public education for students attending Bedford County public schools. The Foundation develops strong links between our community and our public schools, enhances our children's education, and awards enrichment grants to local teachers.
Save the Date!
BAEF Annual 
Back-to-School Breakfast
 on 10/5/17 at  Bedford CVCC Campus @ 8AM
Thank You 

Education Champion

James A. Meador Foundation

Education Benefactor

Medical Center
Education Leader

Education Partner

Forest Family Dentistry

Education Advocate

Sharon Missonary Baptist Church

St. John Episcopal Church of Bedford

Women's Auxiliary of Peaks of Otter Baptist Association
Education Sponsor

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Mail your check to:
P. O. Box 2434
Forest, VA 24551

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Grant Application Deadlines
Grant applications to the Bedford Area Educational Foundation are due on the following dates: January 1, April 1, September 1, and November 1.

Board of Directors
Debby Allen
Tim Black
Sara Holdren
John Mack
Marsha U. Melton
Rita Otey
Donna Templeton
Clare Terry
Wyatt Walton

Board Emeritus
Jennie Allman
John A. White

Happy Summer Vacation!
Your friends at the Bedford Area Educational Foundation wish you a safe and enjoyable summer vacation! Remember, the next BAEF grant applicaiton deadline is September 1st!

Happy Summer Vacation!

Save the Date for BAEF's Annual Back-to-School Breakfast!
The 2017 Scholastic "Happy Camper" Summer Reading List has been released! This is a great resource to keep chlidren reading throughout the summer. 

Click here to download the full Scholastic Summer Reading List for ages 0 - Young Adult!

Below is an sample of from the list, for ages 8 - 10.
  • A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Llloyd
  • DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Fort Solitude, Derek Fridolfs (Author) & Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
  • Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen, Rachel Renee Russell
  • Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine
  • I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters, Lauren Tarshis
  • A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4), Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Me and Marvin Gardens, Amy Sarig King, Pax, Douglas Holgate (Author) & Max Brallier (Illustrator)
  • Revenge of the Happy Campers, Jennifer Ziegler
  • Save Me a Seat, Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelli Barnhill
  • Upside-Down Magic: Show Off, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, & Emily Jenkins
  • Whatever After series, Sarah Mlynowski
  • Zoe in Wonderland, Brenda Woods
Happy Reading this summer!

Beat Summer Slide
Please encourage your students to read this summer and prevent summer slide!

Jessica Hott with Bedford Middle School Recognized in Lynchburg Living Top Teacher Awards
Name: Jessical Hott

School: Bedford Middle School

Years as an Educator: 15

Currently Teaches: 7th grade Civics & Economics

Special Recognition:
* 2015-2016 Bedford Middle School Teacher of the Year
* 2015-2016 Bedford Area Educational Foundation Grant Recipient-Digital Makerspace
* 2014-2015 Stonewall Jackson Middle School Teacher of the Year
* 2011 Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball Teacher of the Year Nominee
* 2002-2003 Stonewall Jackson Middle School Beginning Teacher of the Year

Educational Background:
* Lynchburg College, Master of Education-Educational Leadership (present)
* Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Education-Special Education
* Lynchburg College, Bachelor of Arts-Early Childhood Development

Why did you become a teacher?
Ever since I was old enough to remember, I had remarkable teachers who invested their time and energy into my future. Their nurturing support in my formative years was instrumental in my decision to become a teacher. Particularly Mrs. Palmer, who instilled the importance of character and self-determination.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It's all about the students! Walking into the classroom each and every day seeing a room full of smiling students ready and eager to learn. I love reaching the needs of all my students through creative, innovative and differentiated instruction. The joy of teaching is seeing sparks go off when students grasp content material and make connections with the past and present.

What are your biggest challenges?
Competing for my students' attention and desire for technology while providing and promoting innovative learning experiences with that same technology is an ongoing challenge. In addition, differentiated instruction utilizing technology can be difficult with limited resources.

Looking back at your career, what would you say is your greatest personal accomplishment?
In 2013, a student asked if I would sponsor her participation in the National History Bee, and I was able to recruit three more. The next year, I held a school-wide competition with over 80 students battling for one of four spots. After three years, the National History Bee became a county-wide competition with schools working together to prepare history buffs for the national competition. It is a rewarding feeling to see students soar and exceed their own expectations.

Describe a favorite memory with your students.
My all-time favorite memory was of a 1920s unit. In collaboration with the school librarians, we turned the library into a 1920s speakeasy. Along with 1920s d├ęcor, stations were set up around the library. They included activities with 1920s slang words, a costume photo booth for students, KaHoot trivia and dancing the Charleston. Students were excited, engaged and quite impressed their teacher would dance the Charleston with them!

If you could pass along one thing to others about the education field, what would it be?
One daily contribution to education is something I think may be the smallest and easiest act: be kind. Students model behaviors from their teachers, and as much as we desire academic success, being kind never goes out of style. Teach kindness!

From Her Nomination:
"Ms. Hott is the type of teacher that will go above and beyond whether she was recognized as a Top Teacher or not. She truly cares for her students and puts in long hours to prepare lessons that promote critical thinking and application. She cares about the students that have less than others and she always advocates for their needs." -Rhetta Watkins,  principal at Bedford Middle School

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Message from the Bedford Area Educational Foundation
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation is committed to helping our local Bedford County teachers provide the best possible education for our children. Thank you to all of the companies, foundations, and individuals that have supported BAEF this year. We truly appreciate your support!

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If you have any questions about BAEF, our mission, or how you can help, please feel free to contact me at Thank you again.

Michele Shaffer
Executive Director