The fall Family Contribution Campaign is the main fundraising campaign for BVEF and 100% of the donations go to the art, music and dance programs and instructors’ salaries at Yulupa and Strawberry schools. While many local districts have cut these programs from their curriculum, Bennett Valley continues to offer instruction in these important areas thanks to your financial support.
Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, for the 2020/21 school year we have lowered the suggested donation amount and introduced a family level for those who have more than one child in the district. Each family is asked to please support these programs by contributing $100.00 per child or $175 per family, however any amount helps. These programs cannot happen without your support.
Programs your contribution supports:
(All programs will continue for 2020/21 school year with adjustments made for distance learning)
Music and dance lessons (K-6)
10 weeks of live online dance lessons with dance instructor Tina Malone are incorporated into the weekly schedule for each class beginning in October for Yulupa and March for Strawberry.
Art appreciation (TK-6)
12 video lessons led by professional artist and Bennett Valley Artist-in-Residence Nancy Ricciardi are incorporated by each teacher into their learning calendar and will use art supplies found around your house. Grade 1-6 lessons will focus on the art history and technique of African American artist Jacob Lawrence while TK and Kindergarten lessons will use simpler art techniques.
Art docent lessions (TK-6)
Grade level curriculum-related art lessons, led by parent volunteers in the classroom, are planned for Spring 2021. BVEF provides all the supplies for the lessons in addition to instructional resources for parent volunteers.
Gleeagles chorus (4-6)
Strawberry’s popular choral music program, led by director Marla Tusa, introduces students to choral music, rounds, beginning harmonies and singing both accompanied and a Capella. Virtual lessons have started but if your student would like to sign up, there’s still time.
Band and percussion (4-6)
These programs teach students to read music and play their instrument independently and with fellow musicians. Sarah Williams has joined BVUSD as our new band director for 2020-21 school year. Virtual beginning and advanced band classes are underway.
Community events (TK-6)
Each year BVEF hosts events for all district families to promote community building and appreciation of the arts. Previous events have included outdoor movie night, tile decorating, family dance night, and this year BVEF is hosting an art walk and scavenger hunt.
$100 per child or $175 per family (NEW for 2020/21!)
Our tax ID is 68-0286878. Gifts to BVEF, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, are typically tax-deductible, but check with your tax professional.