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BOU held its 1st Annual Community Spelling Bee on March 27, 2013. Eighteen teams competed in a friendly team competition. Many sponsors, volunteers, teachers and administrations and community members contributed time and money to make this event a success! SEE PHOTOS » 

BOU thanked the community in a letter to the Bethlehem Spotlight [PDF]

BOU Officers

President, Jayne Deane-White,

Secretary, Allison Nuñez

Treasurer, Nicole Murray

Board of Directors
Bridget Cooke
Cindy Ferrari
Beth Flanagan
Christine Porter
Fred Powers

For more information about BOU grants, please contact Christine Porter via email at


BOU Links

Grant form [PDF]

"Growing With Your Teen" Parent Guide [PDF]

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About 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

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

BOU Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the BCMS Media Center, at 7 p.m.

2nd Annual Bethlehem Community Spelling Bee

Form a team & join in the fun!

Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is hosting its 2nd Annual Bethlehem Community Spelling Bee on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Bethlehem Central High School Auditorium.

Teams of teachers, students and community members will compete in the “Bee” to be awarded best spellers in town. The event is a fundraiser for BOU, a non-profit organization that funds grants for prevention education and youth activities and provides educational and career resources for youth. The proceeds from the event will be used to fund safe, healthy activities for Bethlehem’s youth.

This is a friendly, team-based event and no one spells alone. Teams from local businesses, community organizations, schools and adults throughout the community are welcome. The registration fee is $100 per team. Teams are encouraged to get sponsorships to defray the registration fee. Deadline for entry is Saturday, March 22, 2014! Don’t miss out on this night of fun for the whole family! Please click here for entry forms [PDF].

Team and event sponsorships are also welcome. If you don’t enter as a team consider sponsoring a team. Sponsors will be recognized on our program, on a sponsorship board and throughout the evening. Please click here for details [PDF].

Click here for the Community Spelling Bee rules [PDF]

Any questions? E-mail to

Come out on April 4th and watch your favorite teams spell for a good cause!

Recent graduates join student panel to answer questions about 'life after BC'

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, a panel of eleven Bethlehem Central graduates spoke to around 60 parents and high school students about life after Bethlehem Central. The program, sponsored by Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, provided juniors and seniors a recent graduate perspective on what to expect after graduation with a focus on challenges in college and career and how to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy. span class="more_txt"> READ MORE »

"Talking to your Teens" recap

On Nov. 13, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited presented the program “Talking to your Teens” at BCMS to approximately 60 parents. The program was aimed at providing parents with current data on youth risk behaviors, the role of the School Resource Officer and what they observe in the Town of Bethlehem and to give parents some strategies on opening lines of communication with their teen/tween.

View Matt Bixby's presentation on Youth Risk Behavior [PDF]

View Detective Whiteley's presentation on the role of a School Resource Officer [PDF]


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.

Image of BOU "memo to school" pad


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 Applications are reviewed by the BOU Board for consistency with goals, cost-effectiveness, and available alternative funding.