Donations to the Appreciation Fund will be appropriated throughout the year to fund programs that show appreciation to the teachers and staff at our schools. These include:

Funds for Teachers Supplies: Formerly called “Sponsor-A-Class”, this program provides teachers and specialists with up to $125 during Teacher Appreciation Week in May to purchase teaching tools for their classrooms that are not included in the school budget. Many of our teachers spend their own money to purchase items to improve their classrooms and support curriculum. This money shows our appreciation to our teachers’ extra efforts, and helps them plan for the next school year by enabling them to purchase books, math and science kids, educational games, audio/visual aids and computer software.

Holiday and End of Year Gifts for School Support Staff: Formerly called “Good Cheer”, this program shows appreciation to the “behind the scenes” support staff at our schools (office staff, nurses, custodians, cafeteria staff, crossing guard, educational assistants, etc.) by giving each a small gift during the winter holidays and again at the conclusion of the school year. Money collected through the Appreciation Fund will help us make these meaningful gestures of appreciation. We budget $5 per student at each school.

Hospitality and Appreciation: Our hospitality committees plan a number of meals for the staff at our schools throughout the year. Our TAW committee helps BEST show gratitude to the teachers at Davis and Lane schools by treating them during TAW in early-May. They decorate the teachers lounges, provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the week, and provide gifts for the teachers. Our Hospitality and TAW committees ask parents to contribute home-made or store-bought foods (salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, soups, sweet treats, etc.) for catering these luncheons, breakfasts, etc.. There are times where in-kind donations are not enough to cater the entire event, and we need to purchase additional foods. The Appreciation Fund will offset additional costs, and help our hospitality committees to continue to put on fabulous events for our schools’ staff!

We invite you to make a donation this school year to the BEST Appreciation Fund. You donate, and we fund activities all year! You can give to the Appreciation Fund at any time, but we hope you will consider doing it early so that we can confidently plan activities for the year.

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by Best PTO (Bedford Elementary Schools Together Parent Teacher Organization)


Donations to the Appreciation Fund will be appropriated throughout the year to fund programs that show appreciation to the teachers and staff at our schools. These include:

Funds for Teachers Supplies: Formerly called “Sponsor-A-Class”, this program provides teachers and specialists with up to $125 during Teacher Appreciation Week in May to purchase teaching tools for their classrooms that are not included in the school budget. Many of our teachers spend their own money to purchase items to improve their classrooms and support curriculum. This money shows our appreciation to our teachers’ extra efforts, and helps them plan for the next school year by enabling them to purchase books, math and science kids, educational games, audio/visual aids and computer software.

Holiday and End of Year Gifts for School Support Staff: Formerly called “Good Cheer”, this program shows appreciation to the “behind the scenes” support staff at our schools (office staff, nurses, custodians, cafeteria staff, crossing guard, educational assistants, etc.) by giving each a small gift during the winter holidays and again at the conclusion of the school year. Money collected through the Appreciation Fund will help us make these meaningful gestures of appreciation. We budget $5 per student at each school.

Hospitality and Appreciation: Our hospitality committees plan a number of meals for the staff at our schools throughout the year. Our TAW committee helps BEST show gratitude to the teachers at Davis and Lane schools by treating them during TAW in early-May. They decorate the teachers lounges, provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the week, and provide gifts for the teachers. Our Hospitality and TAW committees ask parents to contribute home-made or store-bought foods (salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, soups, sweet treats, etc.) for catering these luncheons, breakfasts, etc.. There are times where in-kind donations are not enough to cater the entire event, and we need to purchase additional foods. The Appreciation Fund will offset additional costs, and help our hospitality committees to continue to put on fabulous events for our schools’ staff!

We invite you to make a donation this school year to the BEST Appreciation Fund. You donate, and we fund activities all year! You can give to the Appreciation Fund at any time, but we hope you will consider doing it early so that we can confidently plan activities for the year.