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The Brighton Education Fund was established in 1992 as a community-based foundation to support education in the Brighton public schools. It is a tax-exempt component fund that operates under the umbrella of Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF).

Since 1993, BEF has awarded over $400,000 in grants to Brighton teachers, staff, and student organizations, for a wide variety of projects of which the following are merely a hint:

  • piloting new teaching materials
  • acquiring new computer software
  • building a butterfly garden
  • visits from famous authors
  • in-service education for teachers

Grants are awarded on the basis of criteria that encourage innovation and creativity.

Individuals or groups who wish to honor friends, family, former teachers or classmates are welcome to establish designated gift funds for that purpose. To date, reunion classes have funded gifts such as a new computer for Trapezoid, equipment to assist the Morning Show broadcast, computer enhancements for special education, and portable choral risers. BEF is happy to work with any group or individual to identify a gift that would be both meaningful to the donor and beneficial to the school.

Mini-Grant funding, long available to Brighton teachers to offset the cost of special projects, was cut from the school budget in 1990. The Mini-Grant program was re-established by the Brighton Education Fund in 1994 and helps teachers maintain lively classrooms while reducing their out-of-pocket expenses. While funded by BEF, the grant-making activity for this program is administered by the Brighton Teachers' Center.

The Brighton Education Fund has also created two awards:
  • The Tribute Award recognizes individuals who have made memorable contributions to the Brighton schools
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers

September, 2016

Brighton Education Fund
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