Letter from the Executive Director and Board President

 

Dear Foundation Supporters,

As the global health community and the world come together to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to reach out to let our supporters know how the Bennington Public Schools Foundation is responding in these challenging times. We are so proud of our resilient administrators, teachers and staff for stepping up to the challenge of shifting their teaching methods in an unprecedented way. 

Especially during times of uncertainty, the Foundation continues to stand by our mission to generate and distribute resources to or on behalf of the Bennington Public School District to enrich teaching, inspire learning, maximize opportunities and promote excellence in education for all students.

Right now, distributing vital resources is our top priority to ensure no student or family goes hungry during this time. Several community organizations, including the Foundation, have teamed up to create the Bennington Community Food Pantry to serve Bennington residents. Set up in the Bennington Elementary Gym, we urge you to contribute non-expired and non-perishable food items if you are able. Drop off times are posted weekly on the Foundation’s Facebook page and the Bennington Public Schools website. In addition, if you and your family are in need, please take advantage of this assistance and share with anyone you think could benefit.

While the Foundation is focusing on serving the immediate needs of our students and families, we were disappointed in making the decision to postpone our Annual Gala Fundraiser and auction scheduled for March 28. While we always look forward to bringing the community together for this event, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are, however, looking forward to kicking off the 2020/2021 school year with the Gala and auction rescheduled for August 14, 2020. See inside this newsletter for more details.

With schools being closed the remainder of the school year, we are also saddened to see the temporary closure of the All Star Kids Program. We value our hardworking ASK staff members who will continue to receive compensation at this time. We remain optimistic the program will reopen its doors when it’s time for the ASK summer program to begin, which our staff have been busy planning plenty of fun and exciting activities for.

We believe our schools are the cornerstone of our special community. We are truly thankful for all the families, business owners, public officials, religious organizations, and of course, educators, who provide hope during these tough times. Thank you for continuing to support the Foundation and we look forward to brighter times ahead.

Sincerely,

Regina Meradith, Foundation Executive Director

Brad Baumert, Foundation Board President