Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited
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. To learn more about BOU or join our Board, please contact the BOU Board (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is pleased to invite you to join them for the 5th Annual Community Spelling Bee.
WHEN: Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bethlehem Central High School, Cafeteria
** Please note that the printed district calendar lists 7 p.m. start time but our event begins at 6:30 p.m. **
Our snow date is on Saturday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. This is BOU’s biggest fundraiser of the year and supports its programs and grants. Admission is free.
Come out for the event! Watch and cheer for your favorite team, test your spelling, enjoy refreshments and craft activities, and take a chance on awesome raffle baskets and a silent auction! Support your favorite team by buying a lifeline! There is fun for all ages.
There will be many teams for this friendly team competition to be the best speller in town. Come out and support teams from our schools and community groups as they vie for this year’s championship!
Lifelines may be purchased at the event for $10 per lifeline. This is a chance to help your favorite team. Give a team a chance to consult a dictionary or get help with a word stumper by phoning a friend! Please get the lifeline form here [PDF], fill it out, and bring it to the event.
Be sure to bring your dollars and checkbooks to take a chance on many raffle items and our silent auction. See our Facebook page for pictures of all the wonderful items!
Thank you for making the BOU 4th Annual Community Spelling Bee a success!
On February 25, 2016, over 20 teams competed in BOU’s 4th Annual Community Spelling Bee fundraiser. We are pleased to announce that we raised over $6,000! Congratulations to our 2016 spelling bee winners KT & The Doc Mamas!
The BOU Annual Spelling Bee has quickly become a popular community event and drew approximately 250 people to BCHS. All proceeds from the event are awarded by BOU to support BCSD programs such as Girls Night Out, Senior Celebration and 5th Grade Survivor Day. Funds raised are also used for BOU’s own events like Talking with your Teen, which is geared toward promoting the prevention of student drug and alcohol use.
The Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited board would like to thank the dozens of community organizations and businesses that made the evening such a huge success. See our list of sponsors here.
Teams were made up of teachers, school administrators, town officials, local business people, as well as parents and students. The event also featured a very popular basket raffle with over forty themed baskets and a silent auction. The Spelling Bee is BOU’s only major fundraiser held each year, with all proceeds being used to fund grants.
Talking With Your Teen reaches more than 200 students!
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited wants to thank the students, parents and community members who participated in our Talking with Your Teen presentation on November 12, 2015. We all learned a great deal from the various presenters. Hearing from Bryan, who had been addicted to drugs, was eye-opening and inspiring. Hearing from law enforcement and from staff in the drug awareness field was so useful to both students and parents alike. We want to share the presentations to serve as a refresher to those in attendance or for those families who were unable to attend our event. The school district and BOU are working together to be a resource for our school community.
View presentations from Talking With Your Teen:
- Rebecca Cooper, LCSW-R – NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
- Fran Vincent – BCMS Health Education Teacher
- Detective Mike Whiteley – Bethlehem Police Department/BCMS SRO
- Ellen Bixby – Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Grants & Activities
Anyone can apply for grant funding. Most applications are developed by parent organizations, collaborations of District staff, or community groups. Grant application forms can be obtained by clicking below. Submit completed grant applications to Christine Porter at email@example.com. Applications are reviewed by the BOU Board for consistency with goals, cost-effectiveness, and available alternative funding.
- Grant Request Form [PDF]
Below are grants that were awarded in the 2014-2015 school year:
- BC Physical Education Dept. Color Dash 5K
- BCMS Costume Ball
- Bethlehem Youth Court Training
- BCHS Girls Night Out
- BC Kids Vote Too
- 5th Grade “Survivor” Day at Town Park
- Bethlehem Senior Celebration
Supporting BOU, “Memo to School” Pads for Sale
“Memo to School Pads” are for sale for $3 in the main offices of all BC schools or at any BOU event. Individual donations, fundraising events and these sales benefit the BOU’s youth activities and prevention education programs.
- President, Cindy Ferrari
- Secretary, Joan Mansfield-Hazaz
- Co-Treasurer, Caren Stark
- Co-Treasurer, Ewan McNay
Board of Directors
- Luann Alimena
- Mark Amodeo
- Tim Burns
- Bridget Cooke
- David R. DeCancio
- Allison Nuñez
- Penny Palagyi
- Christine Porter
- Fred Powers
- Caren Stark
Student Representative, TBD
- Kathy Betzhold
- Holly Billings
- Connie Cunningham
- Phyllis Hillinger
- Jane King
- Phil Maher
- Jeannette Rice