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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

Invite 2019

Thank You to Our Major Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:
Biddeford Savings Bank
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

Gold Sponsor:
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
People’s United Bank

Silver Sponsor:
Bangor Savings Bank
Town & Country Federal Credit Union
TruChoice Federal Credit Union

Silent Auction Sponsor:

Gorham Savings Bank
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