August 26, 2014

Dear Friends,

One of the things I like most about summer travel is the fresh perspective it gives me about our home in Burlingame. We live in a fantastic community.

There are certainly less expensive places to live. Yet, most parents in this city will tell you it’s worth it. Why? Because of Burlingame’s great public schools and our tight-knit community, which values strong public education.  Plus the weather is pretty terrific, too.

California places 44th in the nation in education funding per student, so Burlingame’s strong public schools do not happen by accident. Quite the opposite. And as we head back to school, I feel so fortunate that our school district can rely on funding from BCE Foundation.  For 34 years, BCE has been the fundraising vehicle that empowers our community to help our school district deliver the kind of public education our children deserve.

As my daughter Kate and son Matthew begin 4th and 2nd grade at Lincoln, I am honored to begin my second year as volunteer president of BCE Foundation.  Special thanks to our talented team of 200+ volunteers who dedicate so much time to keep our foundation running strong.

I also want to thank our generous donors and Burlingame business partners who made possible this year’s record-breaking $1,536,000 grant to Burlingame School District (BSD). Our annual grant provides flexible resources to help BSD create a rich and inspiring education for all kindergarten through 8th grade students. Public funding is not enough, and this community rises to the occasion every year.

Every district family is a stakeholder in our mission, so we ask every family to donate as generously as possible on behalf of your child’s education and all families who share the same dreams for their children. Every dollar counts.

I encourage you to learn more about BCE at www.bcefoundation.org where you can get the facts on our mission and how our grant makes a powerful impact on your child’s education. We invite you to “like” us on Facebook “BCE – It Takes a Town” to stay connected with our community.

There are many BCE experts at your child’s school.  Talk with our team members about BCE, many of whom are parents you already know. Our volunteers make the work fun, and our children keep us inspired.

On behalf of BCE’s Board of Directors, welcome back to school! Cheers to an unforgettable year and another record-breaking annual campaign for our children.

Warm regards,
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Emily Beach
BCE Foundation

P.S. See you at the Burlingame Spirit Run on Monday, September 1st!

Our Mission: BCE helps Burlingame School District (BSD) sustain and enhance an exceptional public education for all K-8 students. Working together with parents, the school district, and community, we provide BSD with financial resources to create a rich and inspiring education for our children beyond what is possible with public funds. BCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation.

BCE is actively looking for a full-time (paid) Director of Operations. Join a great foundation with great people and make a difference in the community. Click here to learn more about the role.

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