NEST
PTO | Bethlehem Elementary School
2297 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
BES NEST

Neighbors Empowering Students & Teachers to SOAR

NEST is built on a network of volunteers. How much or how little we accomplish depends solely on parents and community members like you!
With the help of ordinary, busy parents just like you, NEST has been able to make a wonderfully positive impact on our school since its 2012 founding. 
We hope to continue building on what we accomplish each year—but volunteer participation is vital to our success. Join us!
    NEST is not only about adults pulling together; it is about empowering our children to see their place and value in our community, instilling in them a sense that they can make a difference just as they are—through their own efforts and by our own example of volunteering.

"When kids volunteer it tells others that they don't have to be perfect or famous or even grown up to make a difference."
- Kalynn Dobos, age 7  

​"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. 
- Sally Koch    
How You Can Help...
SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISERS
Buy some Spirit Gear Drive, attend our Harvest Festival, sell pies to your family & friends during our Holiday Pie Sale, and use the SilverGraphics Art fundraiser—featuring great stuff customized with your child’s own artwork—for your family gift giving.  

ATTEND OUR HAPPY HOUR MEET & EAT PIZZA PARTY
This important September meeting introduces parents to NEST, goes over our schedule and goals for the coming school year, and most importantly, outlines how you can help in any small or big way you’re able. We urge you to attend—the pizza is on us!

LEND A HAND WITH OUR ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
This fun fall fundraiser takes a lot of planning and hands-on help. Attend our weekly HF meetings, or simply sign up to be an extra hand gathering raffle donations, helping at the concessions stand, participating in the Trunk-or-Treat, or supervising games & activities.

DONATE
We often send out calls for help gathering small supplies or food items for our events. Every little bit helps. Find our donation buckets at all our events. If you own a business or can provide a service, please inquire how you can help.

HELP AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN—BUT JUST HELP
Pick just one thing. Help only whenever or with whatever you can. But just help. And consider making it a family affair. You will be supporting your children’s school and—by your own example and through their own efforts—instilling in your children the value of being part of and giving back to our community. 

LISTEN AND SPREAD THE WORD
Sign up to receive our emails, open and read them, spread the word, and be sure to follow BES NEST on Facebook. We’ll keep you in the know about all things BES & NEST.
    
How Your Involement Helps Your Child & You
NEST by Numbers: Our Treasurer's Report

Since our founding in 2012, NEST has grown each year, ​​increasing our annual contributions to Bethlehem Elementary School ​​every school year. Our continued success depends on the generosity of parents, teachers, community members and our local businesses. Let's keep building our BES NEST!

NEST relies on our annual school fundraisers—including our Spirit Gear Drive, Harvest Festival, Holiday Pie Sales, Classroom Gift Basket Silent Auction and the SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser—to raise the funds we need for various programs at BES. Parent and teacher support of these fundraisers is ​​​​vital to our success and we thank you.

To show our appreciation, we also hold many fun FREE Events, including our Ice Cream Social, Happy Hour Meet & Eat Pizza Party, Family Movie Night, Book Swap, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast/Lunch, Budget Babysitting Night and Roadside Cleanup.
 
HOW YOUR SUPPORT IS STACKING UP

$5,835.42 | NET Raised to date in 2016/17

  • $593.60 Spirit Gear Sales
  • $2,740.40 Holiday Pie Sales
  • $809.91 Harvest Festival
  • $572.00 Gift Basket Silent Auction
  • $165.51 Donations & Direct Contributions
  • $954.00 SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser

$4,840.40 | Distributed to date in 2016/17
 
  • $2,740.40 Reserved in our Playground Fund
  • ​$1,000 Student Field Trips
  • $800 for Food Baskets for BES families in need
  • $200 for Teacher Wellness - Yoga Program
  • $100 5C Shaker Village Field Trip
    
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR 
$4,700+ Raised & Distributed in 2015/16
 
  • $2,000 placed in reserve in our Playground Fund
  • $1,600 to defray the cost of Annual Field Trips
  • $875 for Holiday Food Baskets for BES families in need
  • $140 for Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • $100 for the STEM Green Monster Egg Drop trip to Boston

**NEST is a non-profit organization. We aim to distribute all of our fundraising dollars to various BES needs, minus a small amount for operating expenses. These include our website, treasurer's software, and student directory hosting fees.
 
BES NEST is a non-profit Parent/Teacher Organization. 
​All proceeds benefit Bethlehem Elementary School. 

$10,000+
What NEST has Raised & Contributed to BES since being founded in 2012!
$4,740.40
NEST Playground Fund Balance 
($2,000 last year + $2,740.40 this year)