Calendar of Events
Nov. 12, 2013:
"Talking with your Teen", Parent Workshop, BCMS, 7 p.m.
Jan. 8, 2014:
Life after BC, a panel discussion with BC graduates. BCHS, Room G100, 7 p.m.
April 4, 2014:
2nd Annual Community Spelling Bee, BCHS, Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes prevention education and safe, healthy activities for the youth in our community. Our ongoing purpose is to prevent drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors among young people residing in the Town of Bethlehem or attending school in the Bethlehem Central School District.
To help meet these goals, BOU awards grants for a wide variety of initiatives targeting students, parents, younger children and the community. BOU also collaborates with other organizations such as Student Senate and Bethlehem Parks and Recreation to promote healthy youth development.
Please see below for a list of grants and activities that took place in 2012 and 2013.
Individual donations, sales of "Memo to School" pads and fundraising events support BOU efforts. "Memo to School" pads can be purchased in school offices or at any BOU event.
To learn more about BOU or join our Board, please contact Jayne Deane-White. Donations can be made by check payable to "BOU" and mailed to BOU, PO Box 492, Delmar NY 12054. BOU is a 501(c) (3) organization.
Upcoming Events & Volunteering
BOU is planning several informative and fun events for parents, students and the Bethlehem community for 2013-14, so mark your calendars. If you would like to volunteer for any event or would be interested in joining the BOU Board, please contact President Jayne Deane-White, at email@example.com. BOU Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the BCMS Media Center, at 7 p.m. (with the exception of the January 2014 meeting, which is TBD.)
"Talking with Your Teen" Date Change
BOU (Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited) is
sponsoring "Talking with your tween and teen", a panel discussion for
parents/guardians and community members on Wednesday, November 13 at 7
p.m. in the BCMS Media Center. Please
note that this is a date change from the original date of November 12.
Guest speakers will present and discuss communication strategies, school environment and key challenges that middle schoolers face. More information will follow. Parents and community members of all grades are welcome.
Grants and Activities
Below are activies and grants organized from 2012 and 2013
• Life after BC Student Panel
• Panel Discussion on Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
• Annual Community Spelling Bee
• Student Wellness And Training: SWAT for BCMS
• Graduation Celebration BCHS
• 5th Grade Survivor Day
• BCMS Halloween Ball
• Rachel's Challenge
• BCMS Community Garden
• Bethlehem Youth Court
• BCMS Students Against Destructive Decisions
Memo to School Pads for Sale
"Memo to School Pads" are for sale for $3 in the main offices of all BC schools to benefit the BOU's youth activities and prevention education programs.
How to apply for funding
Anyone can apply for funding. Most applications are developed by parent organizations, collaborations of District staff, or community groups.
Grant application forms can be obtained by clicking here, or in the main office of each school. Submit completed grant applications to Christine Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are reviewed by the BOU Board for consistency with goals, cost-effectiveness, and available alternative funding.