Barrington Education Foundation unveils its STAR program


This winter, people can thank their favorite local teachers and staff members with a STAR from the Barrington Education Foundation (BEF).

The STAR (Staff, Teacher Appreciation Recognition) program is being offered to school families who want to reach out and thank their teachers and staff during the holidays.

Parents (and alumni, etc.) can purchase a STAR for any amount (minimum $10), and a beautiful recognition certificate will be delivered to the honoree.

“This is a perfect way to express gratitude for all of the wonderful things our teachers and staff do for our children and community,” said Maureen Johnson, a BEF board member and creator of the STAR program. “The teachers appreciate being recognized, and knowing that the schools benefit from the far-reaching grants that further the mission of BEF to champion extraordinary education opportunities in the Barrington Public Schools.”

Although STAR certificates can be purchased at anytime during the year, the deadline for the holiday delivery is Friday, Dec. 14.

STARs ordered prior to that deadline will be delivered to the recipients before the December vacation. STARs can be purchased at or by printing and filling out the order form and mailing it to BEF with your check to: 283 County Rd, Attn:  STAR Program, Barrington, RI  02806.

“Our teachers and school support staff do so much for our children, and it can be difficult to come up with an appropriate way to convey how much we appreciate them,” said Ms. Johnson.

“I know from speaking with families around town, that it can be particularly difficult to express the extent of our gratitude to the teachers of our older children. We aren’t in the classrooms seeing the teachers face-to-face as often, yet these wonderful people spend so much time and effort guiding our children and having a huge positive impact on their lives.”

BEF originally launched the S.T.A.R. program last June, as a small test, and was thrilled at the positive response — people purchased more than 200 STARs.

Based on the success of that test, BEF realized that there are many opportunities for families to send recognition to their valued teachers and staff.

Ms. Johnson adds, “It was particularly heartwarming to see that one of the very first STARs purchased this month was from a BHS alumnus, who is currently attending the Naval Academy. This former student was interested in honoring a high school teacher who meant a great deal to him. This was a wonderful testimony to the quality of teachers we have supporting our kids.”

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