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The BOU 2nd Annual Community Spelling Bee was held on April 4, 2014 at BCHS. Twenty teams representing Bethlehem Schools, Town Board, Police Department, Kinderhook Bank and many other community groups competed for best spellers in town! Read more about the Bee below. 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 request 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

The BOU 2nd Annual Community Spelling Bee was held on April 4, 2014 at BCHS. Twenty teams representing Bethlehem Schools, Town Board, Police Department, Kinderhook Bank and many other community groups competed for best spellers in town.

The event was fun-filled and raised funds for BOU youth grant programs and programming. The teams dressed in team costumes and there was some good-spirited rivalry on the stage. Everyone enjoyed the raffles and refreshments. First place winners were the Journey Lane team and 2nd place went to the Spic 'N Span Spellers from Slingerlands Elementary!

Community and school sponsors made this event possible as well as many other donaters from our community. Please see the BOU letter to the Spotlight for a complete thank you list.

Click here for photos of the event. Dwight Chu was nice enough to share with us his amazing photos of the event as well. Click here to see his photos.

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. 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

Grant Request Form [PDF]

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.