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Blue Mountain Education Foundation

Welcome to the
Blue Mountain Education Foundation

"Expanding the educational horizons of BMU students by funding events and equipment that enrich the learning experience."

Who are we?

Judy Colby, Ashley Fellows, Dawn Burroughs, Ginny Ross, Sandy Harding, Bob Yaroshevich, Danielle Brown, Carmen Phillips and Judi Waterman make up our small group.  We meet monthly on the second Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at BMU in the Library.

 What is BMEF?

BMEF started in 1996 as the Blue Mountain Union School Endowment Fund.   The name changed to Blue Mountain Education Foundation.   We are a nonprofit, tax exempt 501©3 organization.  Our goal is to provide additional funds for educational and cultural purposes that will enhance the children’s education.

 How do people access the funds?

Staff and sometimes students write a mini grant using a request form that describes what activity is to be funded, how the kids will benefit and what the cost will be.  This form is approved or not by the principal and brought to the monthly meeting for approval or not.  

 Dr. Harry and Mary Rowe Tennis Courts

The tennis courts located in front of the building were a gift from Dr. Rowe in memory of Mary.  BMEF maintains these courts for the community to use with funds generated by the ad signs that are located on the fence.  This year we will have to do some repair work on the courts.

Previous Grants from BMEF



  • The cost of materials for two math clubs was approved for elementary school grades, one for students in K-2 and a second for those in grades 3-5.  BMEF approved the requested amount of $350.
  • Fourth graders will be visiting the Shelburne Museum in June thanks to a grant of $650 which covers the cost of tickets and bus transportation.
  • The BMU Literacy Coordinator will be purchasing books for family literacy night with grades K-2  participating in March.  Food will be served and parents and kids will participate in literacy activities with their teachers.  Each student will choose a book to take home. The full grant was approved in the amount of $500.
  • Fourth graders will have at their disposal six MP3 players which will enable them to listen to  teacher selected songs and then respond on worksheets about their interpretation of the deeper meanings within the song.  Six of these players were approved for $120 total.
  • The theater troupe TIGER will visit BMU at a cost of $756.  Their program is designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively with social issues and concerns facing children through music, theater, puppets, dance, and lots of positive affirming messages. 
  • Fourth graders will visit the State House as a part of their Vermont studies course.  They have been provided with bus transportation at a cost of $209.

These activities are made possible by community support for the Education Foundation.  BMU students are thankful for these opportunities to go beyond the classroom setting, and appreciate the generosity of those who help make all of these educational experiences happen. 





Click on the thumbnails below to see BMU 8th graders who saw their government in action at the State House - thanks to a grant from BMEF:



Jay Peak Letter (discount for BMU Families, Teachers & Staff)

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BMEF Meeting Minutes

Photo Gallery of BMEF Funded Events