We have a lot of exciting news to share as the 29th Calico Ball approaches!
We’ve been talking with Mr. Wright, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Livia Vanaver about further integrating the Calico Ball into the 3rd graders curriculum, and are excited to be providing support materials this year to facilitate that in the form of folders which we purchased and distributed.
The Calico Ball is BAEF’s biggest fundraiser - last year we raised about $14k by receiving contributions from local businesses that appeared in the Calico Ball program, and obtaining donations from community organizations, like Wee Play Community Project, and individual citizens, including all of our elementary PTAs/PTOs.
This year we have grown our board and in that spirit we are growing our fundraising goals. We are going to be doing our usual fundraiser with the Calico booklet, and will continue our Sponsor a Third Grader social media campaign, where anyone can pay the cost of one student to participate in the residency, which is only $30. You can make this donation directly here.
We are very excited to announce that BAEF is going to be fully funding a field trip for EVERY 7th grader to go on a field trip to tour Bannerman’s Island. The request was submitted to us by Angie Winkleman and Krissy Holliday of the Rombout Middle School English department and we are very encouraged by their request and are happy to support this trip. The tour will include the historical and cultural significance of the island and study of the nature on the island. The students will then incorporate this in their discussion of history and creative writing. BAEF is always excited to support interdisciplinary approaches to learning. As a result of the BAEF contribution of $3200 and a grant received by Bannerman's Island Trust every 7th grader will visit the island over the course of three days.
We have also completed the purchase of two Orff instrument sets and two large area rugs requested by the music department for the rooms at JV Forrestal and South Avenue elementary. The use of our new funding request forms has made it easier for teachers to submit request for funding to us directly through their principal or department heads.
More on the Calico Ball:
BAEF is so excited that the 29th Calico Ball Residency is set to begin in April for the Beacon City School District 3rd graders. This community driven event should make you feel so proud to be living in this city! The Calico Ball has become woven into the fabric of our school community, and it is a Beacon treasure! Our small independent businesses and organizations have made it a priority to support Beacon’s public schools and for that we are truly thankful. We now begin our push to the community for the donations to make it all happen. We do this in the form of advertisements in our program which you can sign up for (now online!) here: calico ball program and of course private donations (it costs approximately $30 per student): private donations
THE CALICO BALL WOULD NO LONGER EXIST if not for your support so please consider donating or placing an ad today!