Art Room/Davis – The Davis art teacher is assisted by parent volunteers. All volunteers are organized by the coordinator who publishes a monthly calendar for the volunteers.
Bedford School Association – Represents BEST at the BSA grant meetings.
Bedford Youth and Family Services – Liaison to Youth and Family Services.
Boston/Bedford Connection – This committee holds 2 pot-luck dinners per year to bring METCO families and Bedford families together.
Box Top Coordinator – This coordinator collects box tops for General Mills’ “Boxtops for Education” program, organizes them, and submits them for funds.
Community Service – Community Service was established in 2003/2004 to give students and their families an opportunity to participate in projects that provide goods or services to Bedford or other local communities.
Davis Cafeteria – This person solicits volunteers for the daily lunchroom monitors, provides overview/training, and coordinates, develops and publishes the volunteer schedule.
Enrichment – The Enrichment Committee schedules performances that complement the science and technology curricula as well as the arts. The committee members preview performances to ensure their quality and age appropriateness. They also coordinate and host performers. Performances are distributed equally among the 6 grades represented at the Davis and Lane schools. In addition, the Enrichment Grant Writers write grants to secure funding to support the Enrichment programs.
Events – The Events Committee plans special community events (typically one fall and one spring) and coordinates volunteers for family nights. Their purpose is to bring the elementary schools community together to have fun!
Fifth Grade – This person coordinates volunteers for the fifth grade activities including the clothing drive, talent show and year-end celebration.
Fundraising – The Fundraising Committee coordinates the annual wrapping paper drive that funds 50% of the entire BEST operating budget each year.
Gardens – The Garden Committee coordinates volunteers for fall, spring and summer projects. They maintain existing plantings at both the Davis and Lane schools and plan new planting projects as well.
Good Cheer – This committee coordinates the sending of a small item/card to bring Good Cheer to children, BEST families, or school staff facing medical or other difficult problems.
Greeters – The greeters coordinate volunteers to greet children being dropped for school in the mornings to facilitate traffic flow and promote safety.
Hospitality – Hospitality coordinates refreshments for school staff activities. The committee solicits refreshments from BEST families and provides them for activities like the Welcome Back Luncheon in September, The Holiday Brunch in December, Early Release Day Lunches and Celebration of School Support Staff.
Library – Davis and Lane Coordinators organize monthly volunteers, book fair volunteers and occasional projects in libraries. The two coordinators per school also publish a monthly calendar of volunteers scheduled to help in the libraries.
Newcomers Welcome – This committee coordinates several coffees and playground activities to provide families who are new to the area with an opportunity to meet other families.
Newsletter – The Newsletter Committee produces the BEST/PTO monthly newsletter. The monthly production cycle includes drafts, editing, copying and distribution to over 500 families. The chairperson works with officers and committee chairs, coordinators and representatives for input.
Parent Advisory Council – The Advisory Councils are composed of the principals, two teachers, three parents and two community representatives at each school. All members other than the principals are elected for two-year terms. The Councils: (1) assist each principal in adopting educational goals for the schools; (2) identify the educational needs of students attending the schools; (3) review the school’s annual budget; and (4) formulate a school improvement plan.
Publicity and Marketing – This committee produces and provides flyers, displays, newspaper communication and newsletter offerings in support of BEST activities. School lobby bulletin boards are also decorated for the season and maintained to display flyers, programs and thank you notes.
Room Parents – One coordinator per school to organize Room Parents and assign them in the fall.
Sponsor-a-Class – This person coordinates corporate and family fundraising to directly benefit the teachers and their classrooms.
Student Directory – This committee produces, sells and distributes student directories to the BEST community. The directory is an invaluable resource for families, providing a classroom roster with family names, addresses and phone numbers for all Davis and Lane classrooms. Resource pages are also listed for the benefit of elementary families.
Transportation Safety Council – Participates as a parent representative on the Transportation Safety Committee.
Volunteer Coordinator – Consolidates all volunteers in fall volunteer package and distributes to committees and officers. Serves as a contact for a variety of BEST volunteer projects throughout year.
Webmaster – This person is responsible for keep all BEST information on the website current.
World Languages – Coordinators organize volunteer instructors and students in before-school world languages classes at Davis School.