Friends Of BF

BF Home and School Association


We kicked off our Friends of BF Campaign! Hopefully you all saw and read the e-mail but here it is again, just in case :)

Dear BF Families and Friends,

Welcome to the Friends of BFMS Fundraising Campaign for 2016-2017. The mission of the Friends of BFMS is to raise funds to enhance the educational experience of all students at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The Friends of BFMS Committee works with our principal, Mr. Orsini, to identify worthy expenditures that are not funded through other channels in the district school system. This is our only school-wide fundraiser each year.

Last year, your generous Friends of BFMS contributions & a grant from the Ridgewood Education Foundation allowed our students to enjoy:

Upgraded microscopes and lab tables
A 3D printer
7 short-throw projectors for math and science classrooms
First Annual STEM Day
Our first STEM day was a great success, giving our students several STEM learning experiences of the type that we hope to bring into the classroom in the future. They used a 3-D printer to create models, experimented with the power of earthquakes using Jell-O simulations, and designed and built towers and bridges using simple materials. The day featured many other activities as well, including meeting with a visiting author and a lively presentation that explored Newton’s Laws of Motion by the Liberty Science Center.

Our goal for the 2016-2017 Friends of BF campaign is to raise $25,000 to support BF STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives including an exciting pilot program called Exploratory. Exploratory will provide an opportunity for our students to self-learn a subject of interest with a small group facilitated by a teacher. Some examples of learning opportunities can include coding, woodworking, and song writing.

The average Friends of BFMS donation in 2015-2016 was approximately $100 but any donation is appreciated. Click here to make a donation on our PayPal page. Please check with your employer to see if they provide a Company Match. As always, your gift is tax deductible as BFHSA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at


The Friends of BFMS and BFMS STEM Committees

Thank you all!