Berkley Education Foundation Mini-Grant Program

The Berkley Education Foundation offers Mini-Grants to any staff member in the Berkley School District, Building Blocks through BHS. These grants are offered in the Fall and Spring.

The BEF funds innovative project requests, special materials to enhance lessons, field trips to new places, and educational technology. Mini-Grants are for more than basic classroom supplies. They are an opportunity for staff members to be creative, push the envelope and expand learning for  students. Grants are awarded via committee to as many applicants as possible. In 2016-17, the BEF awarded just over $12,000 in grants.

See the list to the right with the staff who were awarded a Mini-Grants for Fall 2017.

Dollars for the District Giving Program


The Berkley Education Foundation was formed in 2000 to serve as the fundraising arm of the district. Past support has allowed us to provide enhanced opportunities to improve the student experience across the district and to supplement educator programs, technology, and enrichment activities, including a teaching iPad® in every classroom and annual teacher grants.

We raise funds throughout the year with proceeds from honorariums, employee payroll contributions, our signature event “Off to the Races,” and more. However, the biggest part of our funding comes directly from you, our generous stakeholders, and we hope you’ll consider giving to the Berkley Education Foundation.

Whether a gift within your means is $25, $2,500 or somewhere in between, please be assured that your tax-deductible donation will go directly back into the classrooms.

To make a donation:

  • Write a check to the Berkley Education Foundation. Mail it to BEF, 14700 W. Lincoln, Oak Park, MI 48237
  • Use your credit card – visit the BEF's donation page to make a one-time donation or set up a monthly deduction/withdrawal. 

Your gift to the Berkley Education Foundation is 100% tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Commemorative Brick Pavers

In 2002, the Berkley Education Foundation designated an area outside the Berkley High School Collaborative Center and Hurley Field to honor students, teachers and community members with commemorative brick pavers. There are currently more than 300 bricks in place representing a 91-year history of the Berkley School District.

Bricks are available in two sizes with all proceeds going to the Berkley Education Foundation. The purpose of the BEF is to help maintain and enhance educational opportunities and programs for Berkley students.

A 4” x 8” brick has 3 lines with 14 characters in each line. The cost is $60.00.

An 8” x 8” brick has 6 lines with 14 characters in each line. The cost is $120.00.

If you wish to order a commemorative brick paver, they can be purchased online by completing the form below or click print and you can complete the form and mail it in.

PDF DocumentCommemorative Engraved Brick Paver Application

Grocery Shopping Program

IT'S AS EASY AS 1. . . 2. . .3!

The Berkley Education Foundation has formed a partnership with Kroger where customers can generate proceeds from their grocery purchases to benefit the mission of the Foundation. . .to enhance the educational opportunties for all students in the Berkley School District.

Join the Kroger Community Rewards Program to benefit the BEF. Simply register your Kroger Plus Card online and select "Berkley School District Education Foundation" as the non-profit organization to receive proceeds from your grocery purchases. Each time your Kroger Plus Card is scanned at check-out, the Foundation will receive proceeds from Kroger Corporation for your grocery purchase. This is a quick, easy way to support Berkley students in and out of the classroom.

Congratulations to the BEF Mini-Grant Recipients for both Fall 2017!

Berkley Building Blocks

Shirley Julian
Fran Pigeon

Angell Elementary School

Meghan Bissett
Michelle Hoerner
Kris Maten
Laurie Ovies
Melissa Watkins
Lauren Wexler

Burton Elementary School

Carolyn Evans
Keely Galdes
Kindergartent Team
Erin Weiner

Pattengill Elementary School

Ruth Hurwitz & Nancy Heinzmann
Sarah Krupansky & Tracy Niyo

Rogers Elementary School

Elizabeth Capuano
Dan Duffey
Andrea Halas
Jennifer Rogers
Nikki Stone
Christian Wiegand

Norup International School

Tim Folmar

Anderson Middle School

Nell Bielecki

Berkley High School

Lori Bullis
Scott Doty
John Hopkins