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Our Mission

The Biddeford Public School Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to manage and distribute funds raised to enrich the educational experience for the students of Biddeford. Through partnerships with the community and district, the Foundation will provide resources outside the normal school budget to augment teaching, encourage academic excellence, and maximize opportunities for students Pre-K through Grade 12.


Priority Giving Areas

The Board of Directors has approved three priority areas for giving in 2019.

  • Marching Band/Music Programs 
    • For the last decade, Biddeford has not had a Marching Band which is a loss to our Arts Program.  We are pleased to support the administration and parent volunteers as they plan fundraising opportunities to support this valuable extracurricular activity.
  • Backpack Program & Kids in Need
    • When a child is hungry, they are not able to focus on learning. This program is currently serving over 200 kids at both John F. Kennedy Kindergarten Center and Biddeford Primary School.  Each Friday they are given a bag of food to bring home for the weekend. Our goal is to expand this program to all our schools district-wide.  We also utilize funds to help students in need (clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc.)
  • Teacher Mini-Grants
    • The Foundation will continue to support teacher mini-grants which allows educators to think outside the box for innovative learning opportunities that would otherwise not be covered in the normal school budget.

Fundraisers in 2019 – Updated as new fundraisers are added.

The following fundraisers will support the above priority areas in 2019.  As we are in the planning phase, please check back often to learn about new events and opportunities.  Links lead to all event pages or order placement.

  • Commemorative Marching Band Pillows – $50 each
    • These commemorative pillows are made from the old uniforms thanks to our parent volunteer and Marching Band alum Jessica (Bedard) Johnson ’00.  We have a limited number available and they are made upon order. All funds raised will benefit the marching band.
  • Sunday Funday! – March 31st
    • Bring the whole family to Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, March 31st between 12-3pm to support the Marching Band!  It is free admission with a $9 pizza buffet available and bowling/video games extra (BEF receives 100% of bowling proceeds and 50% of pizza buffet).
  • Spaghetti Dinner featuring The Alumni Band – April 23rd
    • Join us for a Spaghetti Dinner featuring Texas Roadhouse rolls, salad, and music by The Alumni Band (will play 6:30-7:30pm).  The event is on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm in the BHS Cafe.  Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door; Kids under 5 are free.  Proceeds benefit the Marching Band Fund.
  • Cruise for a Cause – August 23rd – SOLD OUT!!!
    • We are partnering with Alumni Jordan Fields and Randy Forcier on this year’s Cruise for a Cause on the Casablanca Cruiseline.  Join us on Friday, August 23rd from 6-9pm as cruise out of Portland and enjoy music by “One Hit Thunder”.  Tickets are $40 each.
  • 4th Annual Pillars of Pride Dinner and Silent Auction – October 10th
    • This year’s event will honor Ron Cote and Robert Hodge on Thursday, October 10th from 5:30-8pm at Duffy’s in Old Orchard Beach (see below).  It is open to anyone who would like to attend and tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of ten.  They can be purchased by clicking here or contacting Karen Chasse at 391-6885.
  • Christmas Tree Raffle
    • More to follow
Support is always appreciated.
Simply click the “Donate Here” button above to give now or call 207-391-6885.

4th Annual Pillars of Pride Dinner and Silent Auction – October 10!
Invite 2019


Ron Cote
spent 34 years of his professional career as a Social Studies and Health/Physical Education teacher at Biddeford High School.  During that time he mentored youth through coaching Varsity football for 22 years; Girls’ Middle School and Varsity basketball, Boy’s Middle School, Varsity and Men’s college-level basketball for 44 years; and Freshmen and Varsity baseball for 15 years.  In addition to many State Championship titles, Ron has been named to the Maine Sports Legends’ Hall of Honor, Biddeford High School’s Hall of Honor, St. Thomas More’s Alumni Hall of Fame, and SMAA Girls Basketball honored him by naming the Annual Coach of the Year Award in his name.  He continues to volunteer for the Biddeford Athletic Association and St. Louis Alumni Club.

Robert Hodge, the valedictorian of his class at St. Louis High School, spent 30 years supporting Biddeford youth– as Principal of Biddeford Junior High, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent.  Bob also coached basketball, softball, and baseball throughout his career. He was an administrator while the district exploded with enrollment leading to multiple capital projects for new schools. He served on the Building Committee for the new John F. Kennedy School and was instrumental in the construction of the new Junior High–Biddeford Intermediate School, which now houses fourth and fifth grade–and Biddeford Primary School. 

Thank You to Our Major Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:
Biddeford Savings Bank
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

Gold Sponsor:
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club

Silver Sponsor:
Bangor Savings Bank
Haley’s Metal Shop, Inc.
Northeast Credit Union

Silent Auction Sponsor:

PeoplesChoice Credit Union

Support is always appreciated.  Simply click the “Donate Here” button above or call 207-391-6885.


Officers and Directors

President: Karen Chasse, Director of Community Outreach and Development

Treasurer: Terry Gauvin, Business Manager

Directors:
Liz Ames, Teacher
Denise D’Entremont, Community Member
Kerrie Edgerton, Parent
Heather Gendron, Community Member
Erin Korpaczewski, Parent
Kerri LeSieur, Teacher
John McCurry, Municipal Elected Official
Jacky Murphy, Community Member
Jeremy Ray, Superintendent
Keith Jacques, Esq., Woodman and Edmonds (Clerk)


Karen Chasse, Foundation President
18 Maplewood Avenue, Biddeford, ME  04005
207-391-6885    •    kchasse@biddefordschools.me