BPS Foundation Awards Annual Scholarships

June 30, 2020 – The Bennington Public Schools Foundation awarded 41 graduating seniors with scholarships in 2020. Ranging from $500 to $2,000, the 2020 Foundation scholarships totaled $46,000. Since 1998, the organization has given just over $400,000 in scholarships to Bennington students. Read more >>



Board Member Spotlight: Matt Deaver

June 24, 2020 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Role on the Board:  School board liaison

Current Employment:  Estate Planning Attorney – Legacy Design Strategies  Read more >>



Board Member Spotlight: Darren Siekman

April 29, 2020 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Role on the Board:  School board liaison  



Support TeamMates Mentoring of Bennington through Omaha Gives!

April 17, 2020 – The TeamMates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on middle school students, and 22 football players began meeting with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools.  Read more >>




April 16, 2020 –#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW Giving Tuesday, a global day of fundraising, has been moved up to May 5, to give those that “can”, a chance to help local nonprofits that help those who “can’t”.  Read more >>



Letter from the Executive Director and Board President

April 3, 2020 – 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.  Read more >>



Bennington Community Teams Up to Create Temporary Food Pantry

March 17, 2020 –The Bennington community has joined together to create a food pantry located at Bennington Elementary for families in need. You can help in two ways: Read more >>



Q&A With Lance Sindelar – ASK Program Director

March 6, 2020 – How long have you been the All Star Kids Program Director?  I began working as the ASK Program Director in June of 2016.



360 Cameras Allow Students to Create Virtual Tours

December 16, 2019 – Students can now enjoy a new level of technology through using a 360 camera in the classroom. HAL teacher Abby Fitzgerald learned about the benefits of adding this to the classroom and requested funding through the BPSF’s Project Funding Program. Read more >>

Helping Students Achieve Success On the Job and Off

November 21, 2019 – Valerie Calderon has spent the last decade working as a senior consultant at Gallup, an analytics and advice firm that uses research data to help organizations solve problems and develop strategies. Her work involves directing the Gallup Student Poll, which measures levels of engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and career and financial literacy among students from grades five through 12. Read more >>


Board Member Spotlight: Nancy Mohr ’74

October 23, 2019 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Role on the Board:  Member at Large 


Words for Thirds: BPS Foundation, Lions Club present 3rd graders with Dictionaries

September 30, 2019 – The Bennington Public Schools Foundation and the Bennington Lions Club teamed up to provide each third grader in the Bennington Public School District with their own dictionary.


Board Member Spotlight: Brad Baumert

September 27, 2019 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Name: Brad Baumert

Role on the Board:  President 


The Prize in the Pages: Brand New Books Draw Droves of Students to Summer School

September 6, 2019 – Thanks to a BPS Foundation Classroom Grant, summer school students were awarded books of their choice in exchange for good summer school attendance. Read more >>



Board Member Spotlight: Ty Hughes

August 21, 2019 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Name: Ty Hughes

Role on the Board: Member at Large, Finance Committee Member  Read more >>


Board Member Spotlight: Melissa Kozak Freed

July 31, 2019 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Name: Melissa Kozak Freed

Role on the Board: Vice President 


Spy Run Raises $3,600 for BPS Foundation

July 23, 2019 – Anytime Fitness Bennington and Three Timbers Church teamed up to host the Fourth Annual Spy Run on June 8 at Bennington High School. More than 170 people of all ages participated in either a 1 mile or 4 mile run and raised $3,601 for the Bennington Public Schools Foundation’s Student & Family Impact Program.  Read more >>




Bunz Family Creates Endowed Scholarship

June 6, 2019 – As long time Bennington residents and business owners, Lee and Kathy Bunz planned to give back to the Bennington community and make an impact for years to come. This led them to create the Lee & Kathy Bunz Endowed Scholarship Fund with a $50,000 gift to the Bennington Public Schools Foundation.  Read more >>


Board Member Spotlight: Tracy J. Behnken

June 4, 2019 – Learn more about our Foundation Board Members!

Name: Tracy J. Behnken

Role on the Board: At-large



Community Supports TeamMates through Omaha Gives

June 1, 2019 – The Bennington Public Schools Foundation participated in Omaha Gives on May 22 to raise money for the TeamMates Mentoring of Bennington Program. Overall, 21 donors came together to raise $1,420 for the program.  Read more >>



Nancy Mohr Retires After 40 Years at Bennington

May 28, 2019 – Born and raised in Bennington, Nancy Mohr attended Bennington schools from Kindergarten through graduation in 1974. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Vocational Home Economics in 1978, she started teaching at Bennington in the fall of 1979, making her career here 40 years long.   Read more >>



Eight Students Attend French-Immersion Experience

May 17, 2019 – Imagine speaking a language other than your native language for twenty-four hours. That’s what eight French students from Bennington, as well as students from Brownell Talbot, Westside, Mercy, and Lincoln East to name a few did at Auberge, the French immersion field-trip on March 30-31.  Read more >>



Annual Spy Run to be Held During Bennington Daze

May 8, 2019 –Anytime Fitness in Bennington and Three Timbers Church will host the fourth annual Spy Run during Bennington Daze at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Bennington High School. Proceeds from the run will be donated to the Bennington Public Schools Foundation’s Student and Family Impact Program and will support suicide prevention and awareness initiatives in the district.  Read more >>



Q&A with TeamMates Coordinator Stan Turner

May 8, 2019 – We sat down with TeamMates Coordinator Stan Turner to ask him why he loves the program, why people should become mentors, and more!

How long have you been the TeamMates Coordinator and why were you interested in leading this program at Bennington? Approximately 4 1/2 years. Our TeamMates chapter was founded in the fall of 2014 and we formed our first match in January of 2015.  As an educator it was my belief that some students would benefit from additional adult interaction. When this opportunity came to me I wanted to help provide this extra support for students.  Read more >>



BPS Foundation Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony

April 30, 2019 – The Bennington Public Schools Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 28, at Bennington High School to recognize scholarship recipients, “Of the Year” Award winners, and retiring teachers in the district.  Read more >>


Bennington Schools Raise $24,000 for Flood Relief

April 4, 2019 – The Bennington Public School District lent a helping hand to surrounding communities who were impacted by recent flooding, raising $24,000 in one week. All five Bennington schools pitched in to raise funds for the school districts in Arlington, DC West and Fremont.  Read more >>


BPS Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Gala

April 2, 2019 – More than 375 Bennington community members came together Saturday, March 30, to support the Bennington Public Schools Foundation’s Fourth Annual Gala Fundraiser, Vegas Nights.  Read more >>



Bennington Organizations Adopt 17 Families

December 27, 2019 –Many organizations from Bennington stepped up during the holiday season to adopt 17 local families in need at Christmas. The groups shopped for, bought and delivered gifts from each of the families’ wish lists.  Read more >>




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