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BEEF Officers for 2015-16


The board members of the Byng Excellence in Education Foundation

elected the following new officers:  (seated) Jennifer Boeck, secretary,
and Lacy LaFevers, treasurer.  (standing) Brandon Tilley, president,
and Mark Davis, vice-president.

B.E.E.F. Board Officers
President:  Brandon Tilley, E-mail:
Vice-President:  Mark Davis, E-mail:
Secretary:  Jennifer Boeck, E-mail:  
Treasurer:  Lacy LeFevers, E-mail:

Byng Foundation Awards Teacher Grants for 2015

Byng Excellence in Education Foundation (BEEF) recently awarded grants totaling almost $5,000 to Byng teachers.  The grant winners and their projects were recognized on January 26 at the Bill Koller Field House during the halftime of the Byng-Tecumseh girls' basketball game.

The teacher grant program rewards classroom teachers for providing outstanding learning environments for students on the campuses of Byng, Francis, and Homer. 

Byng Foundation Awards Teacher Grants

Ada, OK, 2-4-2016— Byng Excellence in Education Foundation (BEEF) recently awarded grants totaling almost $5,000 to Byng teachers.
The teacher grant program rewards classroom teachers for providing outstanding learning environments for students on the campuses of Byng, Francis, and Homer.
The following grant winners and their projects were recognized on January 26 at the Bill Koller Field House during halftime of the Byng-Tecumseh girls’ basketball game: Kelley Griffin’s “Mad About Stagecraft” will allow high school drama students to learn the art of stagecraft and to build sets for future productions; Melissa Coats and Kristen Finley will develop “Music Discovery Centers” at Homer, relating to listening, puppetry, composition, iPad smartboard music activities, storytelling with instruments, imaginative expression and movement; Jayci Harris and Sunny Swopes use of “Robots for Learning” will help Homer students collaborate with other classrooms to make predictions, communicate observations, explore cause and effect, and the use of technology. Jessica Reeves will “Make Classrooms Come Alive” at Homer by giving students hands-on learning experience by hatching chicken, butterfly, duck, geese, and turkey eggs; Leslie Hamilton’s “Time to Create and Innovate” project will focus on learning tools and materials for math and science in her Francis elementary classroom; Byng Junior High physical science teacher Allison Shannon will enable students to create molecular models using a model kit for “Seeing Is Believing”; Clint McGaha and Staci Capps will use funding in their high school physics and video production classrooms to purchase a DJI Video Recording Quadcopter Drone for “High Flying” concepts such as aerodynamics, friction, and practical recordings. Carla Husband’s proposal “Take Me to the River” will utilize a mini stream table for investigating the dynamics of erosion and deposition in her Byng Junior High science classroom. 
The 2015 teacher grants were awarded based on creativity, innovation, the number of students to be reached and the longevity of material requested.  As a follow-up, recipients will provide reports back to BEEF this May.
During the award presentation, Byng’s District Teacher of the Year Staci Capps also received a $500 standing grant which the foundation awards annually.
For more information about BEEF or to make a donation, contact Brandon Tilley at (580) 436-8314 or BEEF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting excellence in education for students and educators of Byng Schools.

2015-16 Scholarship Winners

     At the awards assembly May, 2016, the Byng Excellence in Education Foundation awarded $500 scholarships to five seniors. Students recognized for this honor were the following: Megan Ross, Leandrea Kellogg, Matthew Huddleston, Ryan Smith, and Caleb Scroggins.

     Presenting the scholarships on behalf of the foundation was Darryl Hatcher, board member. The Scholarship Committee includes the following: chairperson Raeanne Carson and board members Mark Davis, Carol Williamson and Betty Allred.

2014-2015 Events 

2015 Scholarship Recipients


On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, seven outstanding Byng seniors each received a $500 cash scholarship provided by the Byng Education in Excellence Foundation.  Students receiving the honor were Montana Sellers, Brady Sorrels, Shyanna Douglas, Kaylan West, Crystal Tovar, Elizabeth O'Grady and Dineh Bohan.

Raeanne Carson, chairperson of the Student Scholarship Committee Chair for the foundation, awarded the scholarships to the recipients at the Byng senior awards program.  Mr. Lowrance, the high school principal, spoke of his own personal reflection of the year concerning these and all the other hard working, motivated seniors, saying so many graduating students made a positive impact on him.

Successful fundraising and donations enabled the foundation to provide two additional scholarships to seniors this school year.

Quilt Earns Praise as Fundraiser


       Quilt donated by Wayne Joplin          

2014 Grant Recipients'
Certificate Presentation  

BEEF REcipients
2014-15 Grant Recipients and their projects:

Darla Hendrix and Sabrina Bond - Play, Learn, Grow
Laura Smith - Modern Music
5th Grade Teachers - STEM Cell Labs
5th Grade WHAM Team - Science with Bill Nye
Becky Henderson - Reading as a Fifth Grade Historian
Becky Henderson - History of the United States
Ronna Haney - The Sky's the Limit with Reading
Carris Crowe - Our Classroom is Coming Alive
Jill Sanders - Building Better Readers
Jayci Harris, Melissa Frye, Lyndsey East, Jill Sanders, Shari Taylor - Literacy Learning
Amber Fowler - Hot Dot Reading
Linda Lancaster - A View from Above

BEEF BBQ Fundraiser


BEEF Gets a Big Thank You!


At the October board meeting of the Byng Excellence in Education Foundation (BEEF), Byng Superintendent Todd Crabtree and Assistant Superintendent Bill Nelson presented a signed thank you banner from Byng teachers and staff in appreciation for BEEF’s funding the “We Are Pirates” t-shirts.  As a token of inspiration, unity and commendation, BEEF provided the necessary funding so that every Byng teacher and support staff member could receive a shirt. Pictured above (left to right) are Sonya Stokes, Superintendent Todd Crabtree, Raeanne Carson, Jennifer Boeck, Vicky Petete, Lacy Lafevers, Sandra Looper, Chris Anoatubby, Betty Allred, and Karen Howry.


Byng Excellence in Education Foundation

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To learn more about our organization, you may download our BEEF brochure by clicking on the link provided below:

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Small Grant Program

Funds received are disbursed annually through student scholarships and our Small Grant Program for teachers.  The Small Grant Program is a unique way to provide additional academic opportunities for our children.  It allows grants to be awarded to teachers for the implementation of innovative ideas in the classroom for which federal school funding is not available.  The grant program also provides recognition to teachers for particularly creative endeavors in the classroom.

What do we look for in grant proposals? 

The following categories are more likely to be funded:

  • Innovative programs -- also described as "first-time", "unique", "pilot programs".
  • Music, art, language or non-academic extended learning programs.
  • Specialty equipment or technology.
  • Projects that provide an avenue to explore, develop and refine ideas for improving the educational experience for our students.

The following categories are less likely to be funded:

  • Projects that fund primarily consumable materials and/or transportation costs.
  • Programs that are a continuation of an event/experience that was established in a prior school year.
  • Grants with minimal creativity, thought process, etc.

“Walk of Fame” Project

We also sell bricks to alumni, students and educators to include on our “Walk of Fame” which is located on the south side of the high school at the flag pole. The bricks are $25 each. The costs to engrave the bricks are paid by the Foundation and all labor and materials to complete the project is donated by members of B.E.E.F. and school personnel.

Please print and fill out this forma to order your BYNG brick and then sent it in.  These make great gifts for graduates, alumni, to honor a teacher, in memoriam, etc, and they are only $25 each!

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B.E.E.F. is a third-party, non-profit entity formed to develop supportive community and private section relationships with the Byng Public School Systems committed to improving community support of our schools.  The Foundation acts as a forum for ideas and allows input from the community concerning the quality of education in the Byng Public School System and how to maintain educational excellence in our schools.  

Mission Statement
"The primary goal of B.E.E.F. is to be a private partner of the public education system in Byng.  The Foundation will secure resources from foundations, corporations and individuals to be distributed to the Byng Schools to support programs for which funds are not available from federal, state and local public sources.  These programs will stimulate excellence in and mobilize community support for enhancing the quality of education in the Byng Public School System."