Blaine County Education Foundation (BCEF) focuses community resources and raises funds for the students of Blaine County School District (BCSD), promoting academic excellence, equitable education, and a healthy and sustainable student environment. Since the start of the year, BCEF has been busy working to meet the needs of students and families in Blaine County.
Many students and families in the Blaine County School District (BCSD) do not qualify for free or reduced school meals, yet struggle financially due to the high cost of living in our resort community. To help ensure these students are nourished during the day, BCEF, in partnership with generous supporters and BCSD, has established a critical fund to help offset the cost of school meals for these students and families. Local generous donors (including Benjamin Frank and Marie Gallo, 100 Men Who Care, 5B Engine Works, The Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, the Sanders Family and the CHM Fund via Spur Community Foundation, St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, along with many other members of the Wood River Valley) have helped BCEF raise over $80,000 toward school meals. BCEF has set a goal of raising $225,000 over 3 years to ensure the fund can continue to help students into the future.
On January 4th BCEF hosted its annual Scholarship Fair at the Community Campus Gymnasium. Over 40 local scholarships were represented, all helping students afford post-secondary education and summer programs. More than 350 students and parents attended the Scholarship Fair to learn about the numerous local scholarship opportunities available.
Also, BCEF is hiring a new Executive Director to lead the organization. The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for the operations, programs, and fundraising of the Foundation. This role has significant potential for growth. The new Executive Director will engage the Board of Directors and the community in strategic planning with a long-term vision of how the Foundation can best serve Blaine County. The position is full-time with a flexible schedule and hybrid (office/home) work model.
To apply for the open position, learn more about the programs and initiatives of BCEF or to get involved, visit www.supportbcef.org.