Archive for January, 2016

8 Ways We Raise Funds for BCS

Posted on: January 26th, 2016

Being a private, parent-run school, we rely on the generosity and hard work of our families and supporting community to help fund our operations and educate the next generation. Here are a few ways we’re doing that, and how you can help:

1. Eagle Open Golf Outing

At the beginning of each school year, we hold our annual Eagle Open Golf Outing. This year, held on Sept. 12 at Silver Spring Golf Club, BCS raised more than $22,000 – a new record for our school. The outing is one of the school’s key fundraising efforts to support the its general fund. In addition, proceeds exceeding $11,000 were donated to the school’s “Faith Reading Further” Fund which helps fund the school’s expansion project.

2. Apple Pie Day

Apple Pie Day, which takes place Nov. 13 this year, is a special event for families, staff and alumni to take part in. Volunteers peel, core, slice, inspect, fill, box, bag, haul and clean. The finished product is more than 4,000 Dutch apple pies, most of which are pre-ordered. It’s one of our largest fundraisers for the year. For more information and how to order, click here.

3. Auction and Fellowship Dinner

BCS hosts its annual Auction and Fellowship Dinner in the spring. Families and businesses donate items to the silent and live auction. In addition, there is a “Fund-A-Need” part of the evening to help raise funds for a specific cause as identified by the administration and School Board. Last year, the school was able to purchase a classroom set of Chromebooks, more iPads and product specific carts so the devices can transfer easily from room to room. This is the school’s largest event with a year-round committee of volunteers and community supporters. For more information, including how you can get involved, click here.

4. SCRIP

SCRIP is an ongoing gift-card program where the school and families earn a percentage back on the gift card values they purchase. The percentage is split as 30% going to BCS and 70% toward your family’s tuition and fees. This concept is convenient for every day purchases like gasoline, groceries or dinners at a frequented restaurant. SCRIP orders can be placed online and are taken through the school office every Monday with pick-up of gift cards the following Friday. For more information on SCRIP, click here.

5. Restaurant Nights

Parents in the BCS Circle organize restaurant nights throughout the school year. A portion of the proceeds earned at a specific venue on a specific night at a specific time get donated directly to the school. Restaurants have included Culver’s, Corner Bakery and Chick-fil-A.

6. Box Tops for Education

The BCS Circle also collects Box Tops for Education, found on hundreds of products. See here for the complete list. Parents can clip the Box Top off their product and drop it off in the small mailbox outside the school office. Upon sending them back to the program, BCS earns $0.10 per Box Top.

7. Campbell’s Labels for Education

The BCS Circle also collects Campbell’s Labels for Education, which can also be dropped off in another small mailbox outside the school office. Upon sending them back to the program, BCS earns points which are redeemable for Art, Athletic and Academic merchandise. Click here to see what the school can earn.

8. Target Take Charge of Education

The school partakes in Target Take Charge of Education. Upon using their Target Red Card at any Target Department Store, shoppers can say they want Target to donate up to 1% of their purchase price to BCS. Note: Target is discontinuing the program May 2016.

“We are a self-supporting school community, relying on tuition and fundraisers to cover the costs of operating our private Christian school,” said Kevin Vos, BCS Administrator. “By having parent participation and involvement, we can keep costs lower. Fundraisers enable us to keep tuition lower for every family as well.”

For more information on any of our fundraising efforts, please visit the Support page on our website or contact the school office.

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