5 Jan

The Gift Card Auction is coming

In February, 2015 BEST will be holding a Gift Card Auction and we need YOU to help make the auction a success. Do you have any unused gift cards lying around that you are unlikely to use? Did you receive...
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18 Dec

$1,915 for Snowflakes!

We are happy to announce that this year’s Snowflakes for Education program raised $1,915.00! Donors used the Snowflakes for Education program to honor teachers, staff members, learning topics, and even bus drivers. Donations to the program will be used to...
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24 Nov

Snowflakes for Education

You may have received the email notification limiting gifts for teachers and school  staff. The state guidelines are fairly strict: no more than $50 from a family during  single 365 day period, and no more than $150 total for a...
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21 Nov

Shop at Amazon, Support BEST!

Did you know that when you shop at Amazon, you can support BEST? All it takes is a few easy steps: #1 Visit smile.amazon.com to set up your charity. (If you already have a charity set up, you can change...
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5 Nov

BEST donations at work in our schools

The Principal of the Harry Lee Cole School recently shared some wonderful examples of BEST donations at work in our classrooms: The students in the Library were learning about how to access literature, using a SmartBoard donated by BEST. Children in...
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1 Nov

$2,400 in donations!

We have received $2,400 in donations from 35 Boxford families. Thank you so much! Your donations will be used to fund innovative teaching tools and professional development in our schools. Our first priority will be this fall’s 2014 grant requests...
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24 Oct

Weather Station in the classrooms

BEST’s mission is to fund innovative teaching tools that bring new educational opportunities to our schools. In recent years, that has meant a lot of technological investment: Smart Boards, laptop computers, and iPads. However, BEST welcomes grants that bring other tools...
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18 Oct

The Fall, 2014 grants are in!

The Boxford Elementary Schools Trust has received grant application from five different teachers, totaling almost $13,000. Requests are coming from the STEM program, the SPED program, from the Spofford technology team, and from the Multiage team at Cole. But we have...
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17 Oct

iPads in the Multi-Age classrooms

In the spring of 2013, the multi-age classrooms at the Cole school submitted a grant to BEST asking for 6 iPads for each classroom.  In the grant they wrote: The multiage teachers frequently teach the students in small groups, while...
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10 Oct

Ms. Suther’s class Grant report

In 2013, Ms Suther approached BEST with a grant request for six iPads for her first grade classroom, to be used in small workgroups. In her grant application she wrote: “The iPads will be used to provide engaging activities in support of...
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