March 10, 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.
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Education Sponsor

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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, July 1, and October 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

BAEF Updates Grant Application
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation has updated its grant application and changed some due dates in order to streamline the submittal process and timeline. The Foundation is requesting all grant recipients share their experience with the school staff and has provided a new standard form to report on their program outcomes.

You can access the updated application and new Summary of Program Outcomes Report on BAEF website, by clicking here.


BAEF Awards Eight Classroom Project Grants in Latest Round of Funding
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation supported eight classroom projects throughout Bedford County during the first quarter of 2017! 

During 2015/2016 school year, BAEF receive 26 grant applications  and awarded 21 grants. During the 2016/2017 school year , BAEF has already received 27 grant aplications, awarded 24 grants, and still has another round of applications to come in!

The list of the latest grant awards is below. Thank you to all of BAEF's supporters - corporate sponsors, foundations, and individuals - who made this wonderful list of funded classroom projects possible!

BAEF Grant Awards - January 2017
  • $1,000 to Staunton River High School for Student Centered Learning using the Interactive Notebook.
  • $931 to Otter River Elementary School for building STEAM curriculum with KNEX and LEGO Simple Machine Kits, Scientific Circuit Kits, and STEAM related literature.
  • $599 to Liberty High School for "SWIVL Robot Review" - the teacher will record and download the lessons to Google classroom.
  • $550 to Jefferson Forest High School for classroom calculators for Algebra students.
  • $500 to the Bedford Science and Technology Center for laminate flooring for construction and building maintenance- providing opportunities for students to earn installation and maintenance experience.
  • $411 to Stewartsville Elementary School for enhancing literary fluency and competency with student recordings using iPods.
  • $405 to Boonsboro Elementary School for teaching problem solving, critical thinking, and collaborative skills using "Breakout Boxes."
  • $182 to Jefferson Forest High School for Scholastic Math Magazine subscription.
Bedford County Teacher of the Year Recognized by Lynchburg Living Magazine
By: Chris Murphy, Lynchburg Living

Name: Crystal DeLong
School: Liberty High School
Years as an Educator: 19
Currently Teaches: 9th grade World History II, Practical Law, 12th grade AP Government

Special Recognitions:
* 2016 Region 5 Teacher of the Year
* 2016 Bedford County Teacher of the Year
* 2016 Liberty High School Teacher of the Year
* 2002 Staunton River Middle School Teacher of the Year

Educational Background:
* University of Bath-United Kingdom, Master of Arts in Education-International Education
* Roanoke College, Bachelor of Arts-History
* Virginia Tech, Master of Arts-Political Science (present)

Why did you become a teacher?
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher; I believe that everyone has a calling and I know without a doubt that I have been called to teach. Nothing feels more natural than stepping into a classroom and interacting with students. My passion for history runs deep, and I am privileged to be able to share that every day with my students.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
As a teacher, the greatest thing I can do is to inspire my students to become life-long learners. The "Aha!" moments when a student finally grasps a concept are the moments and accomplishments that make teaching fulfilling. That is why I continue to come back every day and year after year. Even when challenges seem insurmountable, nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in a student's life.

What are your biggest challenges?
Some days the biggest challenges I face in the classroom are helping a student to grasp a concept or to take ownership of their learning. Through differentiation and personalized learning I hope to be victorious in those situations. Paperwork and grading can feel overwhelming at times, but overall, the rewards of teaching greatly outweigh the challenges we face as teachers.

Looking back at your career, what would you say is your greatest personal accomplishment?
One of the most rewarding things I have been a part of in the past 10 years is Model United Nations (MUN). It was incredible to watch students' worldviews expand as they became more exposed to other cultures and countries. Several of my MUNers have shared how MUN gave them confidence in speaking and debate, as well as expanding their worldview.

Describe a favorite memory with your students.
A good teacher invests in her students and school both inside and outside the classroom. The service aspect of National Honor Society was one of the main reasons I agreed to be the advisor. Serving alongside my students at the Big Island Fall Festival, Roanoke Rescue Mission or with Habitat for Humanity has provided lots of great memories.

If you could pass along one thing to others about the education field, what would it be?
I am grateful to have the opportunity to teach your children. Thank you to all those who support public education. We need your support as parents and stakeholders to be successful in the classroom. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

From Her Nomination:
"[Crystal Delong] is a selfless individual that comes to work every day to make a difference in every student's life. She has natural leadership ability and articulates the needs of the school to ensure that Liberty High School is the best that [it]can be. As the leader of Liberty High School, it is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated teacher and she deserves to be recognized for her outstanding commitment to Liberty High School, Bedford County Public Schools, and the field of Education!"
-Kathy Dills, Principal of Liberty High School

Please  click here to enjoy the full article about the local teachers honored by Lynchburg Living.

Support BAEF in 2017!
Please consider financially supporting the Bedford Area Educational Foundation in 2017. Gifts from companies, foundations, and individuals are the only way we are able to award classroom grants on a quarterly basis. 

Please support the Bedford Area Educational Foundation with a gift today. You gift is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Please make your check payable to the Bedford Area Educational Foundation, and mail it to P. O. Box 2434 in Forest, VA 24551. If you have any questions about how you can support the Bedford Area Educational Foundation, please contact Michele Shaffer at Thank you for supporting the Bedford Area Educational Foundation! 

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!

Please spread the word about BAEF, and forward this email to a friend or colleague, and like BAEF's Facebook page. We're working hard to let the community know who we are and what we do, and good word of mouth is invaluable. Thank you!

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