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BREF SPRING FLING FUNDRAISER: Blue Ridge Education Foundation will be hosting a Spring Fling April 9, 2016 at Bellflower Community Center from 7:00pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30 for pictures) . The event is open to the whole family and will include dancing, raffles, a cake walk, snacks and a lip sync battle. Cost is $5 for child, $10 for adult or $20 for the whole family. A photographer will be on hand to capture the memory. Pictures prices are $7 5x7 and $8 for 8 wallets. All proceeds will go to support the educational needs of our students. Please contact Stephanie Rausch at bref@blueridge18.orgwith any questions.  Also - donations for the cake walk are needed (it does not need to be a cake, cookies are also welcome). Bakers can bring items to the event with them, or email Stephanie Rausch to arrange for them to be picked up from your home.

BREF INFORMATION: The Blue Ridge Educational Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2003 to enhance educational excellence for the children of Blue Ridge Schools.  Although BREF is independent of the school district, it works cooperatively with the school district to ensure that BREF allocations target school district needs.  BREF believes that strong schools are vital to building strong communities.  At its best, public education involves community partnerships - partners in learning.  The success ofthe schools and the communities go hand in hand.

We accomplish our mission through our grant programs, which provide Blue Ridge School teachers with the knowledge, experience, and materials they need to remain at the frontiers of educational excellence. Our grants finance educational opportunities outside the scope of the school operating budget and target areas such as innovation in curriculum and instruction, support programs, extracurricular activities, and professional development.

BREF is directed by a non-salaried board of community members and supported by contributions from residents and area businesses.  BREF donors and volunteers reflect the spirit of cooperation, generosity, and shared responsibility for the public education.

Mission Statement

The Foundation represents the community commitment to providing financial support that will enhance, supplement, and expand the educational opportunities of the students of Blue Ridge Community Unit School District #18.

Foundation Goals and Objectives:

To stimulate and enhance community pride and support for education. 

To assist in developing, maintaining and increasing the educational facilities and/or services of Blue Ridge CUSD #18, for better and broader service to its students and staff and to the citizens of the State of Illinois, by encouraging gifts of money, property, works of art and other property of value, and by such other proper means as may seem advisable.

To promote membership in the Foundation that reflects the community demographics. 

To determine the most appropriate expenditures of Foundation resources that willhelp to provide special learning experiences for the students.

Board of Directors

Since its founding in 2003, BREF has been governed by a non-salaried board whose members serve for specified terms. Assisting the Board in a non-voting, exofficio capacity is the Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools. We also depend on volunteers for help with our programs, events, and publications.

To ensure our programs are relevant and effective, we work closely with the Blue Ridge Schools. The Foundation is a private, separate entity, however, and makes decisions...

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