Bethel Park Education Foundation

301 Church Road | Bethel Park, PA 15102



Enhancing Educational opportunities for our students 
by increasing community involvement 
with our schools. 

The Bethel Park Education Foundation seeks:

  1. to create initiatives that support imaginative and creative opportunities for excellence and innovation in education.

  2. to collaborate with educational, cultural, public, and private entities to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students.

  3. to develop supportive relationships between the district, community, and alumni to raise funds for the purposes set forth above.

  4. to encourage academic excellence in the school district by providing funding not available through traditional local, state or federal resources.

  5. to provide a perpetual source of funds through endowment gifts received from all parties interested in supporting excellence in education.

Proposals initiated by students, teachers and administrators for the benefit of Bethel Park School District students are reviewed by the BPEF board members. Those proposals which best meet the Foundation's objectives will be recommended for funding and implementation.

Please direct any questions to: [email protected]  
2022-2023 Summary:

The Bethel Park Education Foundation closed out another great year of supporting excellence and innovation in our schools.  Five grants were awarded this year totaling over $10,000. 

**Mrs. Lisa Cusick was awarded $1,500 to furnish and supply the new Therapeutic, Emotional support, Avoidance Monitoring and Support (T.E.A.M.S.) room at the high school with sensory materials, furniture and décor to create a welcoming and calming space.  These funds support the T.E.A.M.S. initiative being implemented there.

**Mrs. K.D. Meucci was awarded $498 to pilot an “in-classroom” T.E.A.M.S. space along the same lines as the high school space except it would be contained in the regular elementary classroom.

**Independence Middle School music department, under the auspices of Mr. Keith Born, was awarded $5,763.30 for the implementation of a pilot unit of guitar playing in the 7th grade general music program.   All 7th grade students get to participate in this program. 

**Mrs. Patricia Heasley, Department Facilitator, and the school district librarians were awarded a $1,200 matching grant to supply the libraries with social and emotional learning (S.E.L.) books.   S.E.L. refers to the process of learning and applying the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social skills, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

**Mr. Tom Kelton, the technology education teacher at Pathfinder School, was awarded $1,250 for the purchase of new household power tools and lawn maintenance equipment.  His project supports the life skills students’ development of home repair and maintenance skills.

Funding for these awards comes from donations, such as $1,000 from the BPHS Class of 1971, 
and from the annual “Fantastic Four” charities golf outing in the fall.  

The BPEF seeks to support programs that promote high quality educational experiences.