Benicia High Parent Workshop

On Saturday February 25th,  Benicia High School will host a Parent Workshop sponsored by the Benicia Education Foundation.  Darlene Bell-Carson will be the keynote speaker on Planning, Preparing & Paying for College.  Breakout sessions will be held at 11 and 12pm to learn more about PowerSchool, Naviance and more.  All BUSD parents are invited with an emphasis on grades 8-11.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to attend and learn more about how you can be prepared for your child’s future.

BEF Funding 2016-2017

The Benicia Education Foundation (BEF) is excited about the opportunity to focus exclusively on supporting the Benicia schools through educational enrichment and student programs. As we move from funding base needs to enrichment programs we have a whole new world of opportunities ahead of us. Now is your opportunity to support Benicia Schools with a donation or as a volunteer!

The BEF has chosen to focus on College and Career Readiness, working with the Benicia Unified School District to assure that there is A Healthy Path for Every Child! Here are some of the programs we are currently working on:

Elementary schools:

• Expanding the Creative Wheel Program

• Parent Education and Financial Planning

Middle School:

• Professional Development

• Parent Education Workshops

• Career Exploration

High School:

• College Visit Days

• Parent Education workshops


• Mini-grants offered to BUSD teachers and staff.

10th Anniversary Run Registration is Open

The Run For Education started in 2008, under the guidance of past BEF board member Maria Sloane, with 200 registered runners and a handful of sponsors. By 2011, under race director Teresa Zabrek, the run grew to over 1100 runners and volunteers  with 28 sponsors and the numbers remained steady for the following years. This year,  we celebrate 10 years of the BEF Run For Education and fundraising for Benicia schools. There are nine t-shirt designs created by artists, students and teachers and countless community volunteers that have offered their time to make the run successful over the years.. It is a special collaboration of the community, schools and business sponsors that make the run happen every year, a labor of love. Whether you volunteer or run , we hope you choose to celebrate the 10th Anniversary with us on April 23, 2017.

3 Easy Ways to Register

Register online at RunSignup

Print and mail the registration form with your check to P.O. Box 1611 Benicia, CA 94510

Drop off completed form with payment at Earthly Nutrition 872 Southampton Rd


Benicia Run For Education




Yes, the holidays are here and it’s that time of year when you may be thinking about how to thank your child’s teachers.  In fact there are lots of people at school who may make a difference for your child every day,  teacher, administrator, aide, lunch lady….  Consider making a donation to honor that special educator helping your student make it through the year.  With a donation of $20 per teacher we will send your teacher a personalized thank you with an “You’ve been Honored” certificate.   To learn more visit the Educator Wall of Honor.

Update on the b-Cubed Projects!


Is your business willing to step up and donate to help fund our last two projects for 2015?  We need $800  to complete  funding for the final school projects before we can move on to funding future projects for 2016.  If you can help with $200, $400  or the full $800- Consider the benefits!  Donate Now

You can learn more about the teacher projects and the benefits of being a b-Cubed sponsor, see our business partnership page and the Benicia Unified b-Cubed webpage

21st Century Mathematics Classroom- Carleen Maselli- BHS

Listening to Books Brings Reading to Life at Robert Semple

 Thank You to our Current Sponsors:
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b-Cubed Sponsor Recognition: 
As b-Cubed sponsors, our teachers will keep you apprised of the project along the way. Our hope is that you will also visit the classroom during the course of the project to witness the direct benefits of your support to the students.
As b-Cubed supporters you will also receive:
— Logo recognition on the b-Cubed web page shared on the BUSD and BEF websites
— Thanked on the Benicia Magazine website
— Public acknowledgment at the Night of Stars gala event to celebrate our educators
— A personal thank you from b-Cubed project teachers and students
— Mention in related press releases to local or regional media

What is b-Cubed?

b-Cubed is a pilot program in collaboration with the Benicia Unified School District (BUSD), The Benicia Education Foundation (BEF), and Benicia businesses with the purpose to raise awareness and support for innovative K-12 classroom projects.

The Purpose of b-Cubed:
•To create opportunities for businesses to support projects that are tangible and meaningful to them.
•To support teachers in implementing innovative projects for their students that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do.
•To allow teachers to focus on what they do best, rather than spending evenings and week

 Read more about b-Cubed in Benicia Magazine

b-Cubed Partners:

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BUSD Grants and Special Contributions

A special thanks to the following grant makers and business supporters who have supported our school district in 2014-2015. These funded programs will continue to serve hundreds of K-12 students, and we are deeply grateful.

Benicia Community Sustainability Commission: ECH2O Academy Solar Powered Rain Collection System and the Calsense Water Management System

Kaiser Permanente: Second Step Program and the Nutrition Education and Tasting (NEAT) Programs

Syar Foundation: The Active Learning Lab at Benicia High School

 Solano Association of Realtors: Multiple K-12 projects

RIX Industries: Benicia High School Oceanography SeaPerch Project, b-Cubed Projects

 Solano Community Foundation: Multiple Ed-Plus Mini Grants

ABC Music: Music education support District-wide

Phil Joy: Scrap metal collection to fund crossing guards

Terry’s Kids: Music education for pre-K to 1st Grade at Robert Semple and Mary Farmar

Extron Corporation: In-kind donation of an AV system for the District board room

Target Stores: Multiple Field Trip Grants


Night of Stars Event Recap and Photos

On May 17th, together with Benicia Unified, the BEF hosted a one of kind celebration in honor of Teacher, Administrator and Classified Employee of the year. BUSD Teacher of the Year is Kristyn Andrews- Matthew Turner, Administrator of the Year is Principal Damon Wright- BHS and Classified Employee of the Year is – Phill Green-BHS.

Teachers honored for their individual schools include Mary Wheat-Benicia High School, Lisa Golsan-Benicia Middle School, Carol Muscolino-Joe Henderson Elementary, Carmela Della Pia- Liberty High School, Barbara Emminizer- Mary Farmar, Karen Thompson- Robert Semple.  2014 Spring Mailer_PRESS

We  also celebrated our individual donors, corporate donors such as Kaiser, Valero and Wells Fargo and many others who have continued to make a difference for the children in all Benicia Schools.


Thank you to everyone who attended or donated time and services to make this such a fun event!

Messina Photography has provided a gallery and an option to order photos, checkout the photos from the night here


NEW-Matching Donation at The Rellik Tavern!

The Rellik Tavern continues to be very generous to Benicia schools.  Stop by for food or beverage ANY DAY of the week, add a $1 or more to your tab to support our schools and The Rellik will match all donations up to a $1000.00 a month.   Every dollar counts, so please consider adding a donation to your bill next trip to The Rellik Tavern.

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Support 21st Century Teaching and Learning Year Round

Any time of the year is the right time to make a donation toward 21st Century Teaching and Learning.  Throughout the year, Benicia Education Foundation accepts donations of ANY amount to assist with funding for our schools and children.  Currently we are focused on supporting programs that encourage Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, Curiosity and Creativity.   Please help us reach our goals and support Benicia public schools by making a donation TODAY.


Read more in “Letter to Parents” / Kick start Fall Mailer

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