August 23, 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 
to  Our 

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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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
  • 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

BAEF in Action!

Welcome Back to School!
Your friends at the Bedford Area Educational Foundation welcome you back to school for the 2017/2018 school year! Remember, the next BAEF grant application deadline is September 1st!

Welcome back!

You're Invited to BAEF's Annual Back-to-School Breakfast!
You're invited to BAEF's Annual Back-To-School Breakfast on October 5th at the CVCC Bedford Campus!

Please RSVP by September 28, 2017 to Michele Shaffer at 540-587-8744 or  click here to RSVP via email.

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to BAEF's Recent Grant Award Recipients!
Congratulations to those teachers and schools that received grant awards from the Bedford Area Educational Foundation in May 2017!
  • $2,000 to Otter River Elementary School for technology equipment related to 21st Century skills.
  • $1,000 to Staunton River High School to create a living learning environment in the school greenhouse.
  • $1,000 to Boonsboro Elementary School and Forest Middle School for Chromebooks to further personalized learning opportunities in small groups and to increase student involvement and participation.
  • $976 to New London Academy for Legos in the Library Project.
  • $698 to Liberty High School for Chemistry students needing scientific calculators.
  • $500 to Bedford Science and Technology Center for EMT Class Equipment.
A student learning about simple machines through Legos
at Otter River Elementary School, part of a STEAM project funded by the Bedford Area Educational Foundation!

Early College Program Expands with New Pilot at Jefferson Forest High School
By: John Barnhart, Bedford Bulletin
Pictured are Dr. Pattrick Gatti, Dr. LeeAnn Calvert, Dr. Muriel Mickles and Dr. Cherie Whitehurst in the JFHS library. The school will host an early college pilot program.
This year marks the 10th year of the Early College program, which allows rising high school juniors to enroll as students at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).

The students graduate from CVCC with an associate's degree a couple of weeks before they get their high school diploma from their base high schools. They take the college courses in lieu of the regular junior and senior year high school classes.

Dr. Muriel Mickles, CVCC's vice-president for academics and student affairs, is the mother of the Early College program.
She said Bedford County had the first early college program and still has the highest participation rate.

This year, students at Jefferson Forest High School will have a new early college option.

Previously, Bedford County Early College students have gone to class at CVCC's Bedford campus. An Early College pilot program at JFHS will let them stay at the high school. A portion of the high school, adjacent to the library, has been set aside for the 16 students and CVCC faculty. The Early College students will be separate from the rest of the JFHS student body. They will have a separate parking area and each will have a security card that allows them to enter by a separate entrance directly to the portion of the school set aside for them.

Being physically in the high school building makes it easier to participate in high school electives in the afternoon, such as band and drama. The curriculum is also different. It's a math- and science-heavy curriculum, so much so that all students had to complete precalculus before they could apply. The thought is that this will be helpful for students planning to go on to major in math or science in college.

Like the regular Early College program, it's taught by CVCC instructors. Also, as in the regular Early College program, they are college students and are treated like adults. They are told, up front, what is expected of them and they have to meet those expectations on time. Help and tutoring are available, but there is no hand-holding.

"They will be treated like college students," said Dr. LeeAnn Calvert, the JFHS principal.

"The expectation is that they will perform like college students," said Dr. Mickles.

Early College classes start at 8 a.m. and finish at 12:15 p.m. Then, the students are free for the rest of the day. They can eat lunch at the high school, or they can go wherever they want.

Early College makes a financial difference. The cost to the students is 40 percent below what somebody in a typical four-year college would pay. One major savings for the students is that the school division will loan them the textbooks they will use. College-level textbooks are expensive.

There is another advantage to Early College. Dr. Calvert said this will give the students a chance to take their first year college classes in a class of 16 students instead of one with more than 400 in it.

Dr. Patrick Gatti, who heads the CVCC Bedford Campus, said most Early College graduates enter a four-year college with junior status. Many have earned a master's degree within three years of high school graduation. He added that CVCC has agreements with a number of universities that guarantee admission to Early College graduates. In addition, Lynchburg College, Liberty University and Randolph College have scholarships available for them.

Dr. Cherie Whitehurst, the school division's deputy superintendent of schools, said Early College students are already used to college culture when they enter a four-year school.

It also looks good on a post college resume. Dr. Whitehurst recalls the reaction of an employer when he looked at a young woman's resume.

"You have an associate's degree a week before you graduated from high school?" he asked.

The young woman got the job.

Grant Application Deadline is September 1st!
Don't forget! The next deadline to submit a grant application to the Bedford Area Educational Foundation is Friday, September 1st!

Click here to download the application!

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