Baker County Education Foundation, Inc.

  • If you are interested in making a donation to the foundation, checks should be made payable to the Baker County Education Foundation and mailed to, 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, FL 32063.

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Leaving A Legacy



                                                                                                                        Marcelle Richardson, Robin Mobley, Gail Griffis                           James C. (J.C.) Lyons, Jr.
                                                                                                                               Clay Lyons, Dean Griffis, Greg Lyons
                                                                                                                                    Not pictured: David Richardson


    Baker County Education Foundation’s
    13th Annual Leaving A Legacy Scholarship Dinner 

    The Baker County Education Foundation hosted its 13th annual “Leaving a Legacy Scholarship Steak Dinner” on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. This event was held at Legacy Elementary School located at 1 Lion’s Den Drive, Macclenny, Florida.
    This year we recognized the Lyons/Griffis/Mobley/Richardson family who have over 150 years of combined service to the Baker County School District and the Education Foundation.  Family members that were honored are J.C. Lyons, Dean Griffis, Gail Griffis, Robin Mobley, David Richardson, Marcelle Richardson, Clay Lyons, and Greg Lyons. It was a great night celebrating this family’s legacy to our district.
    Proceeds from this event will be used for student scholarships. 

2023-2024 Senior Scholarship Recipients

Mini-Grants Recipients

  • 2023-2024 Mini-Grants

     The Baker County Education Foundation would like to congratulate the following individuals on receiving a mini-grant.  A total of $23,341.81 was awarded. Our students will benefit from their hard work. 

    Crystal Cabral   Legacy Elementary School   Assemble This-Simply Fascination; Simply Marvelous   $744.64

    Heather Christopher   Legacy Elementary School   Science Penguin   $349.00

    Karlie Hodges   Legacy Elementary School    "REWARD"ing Lions with a Lifetime of Literacy   $641.80

    Wyatt Stilwell   Legacy Elementary School   Science Penguin   $299.00

    Stephanie Surrency   Legacy Elementary School   Harness the Wind   $707.11

    Rebecca Lambright   Baker County Middle School   Words on Fire   $750.00

    Ruth Roman   Baker County High School   Authentic Materials in the Language Classroom   $749.46

    Scott Register   CATS Academy   Aquaculture/Vermiculture Projects   $749.99

    Bonnie Jones   Pre-K/Kindergarten Center   Reaching for the STARS on Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) STAR Early Literacy with Nearpod   $2,000.00

    Bethany Smith   Pre-K/Kindergarten Center   Communication Board   $1,625.84

    Rafala Vonk   Legacy Elementary School   The love of Gardening: Building Partnerships Within the Community   $2,000.00

    Rebecca Crews   Macclenny Elementary School   Edmentum Study Island   $1,441.50

    Ridge Horne   Macclenny Elementary School   Mileage Club   $747.63

    Amanda Shivers   Westside Elementary School   More Math Fact Fluency Fun   $3,295.00

    Krystal Gainey and Brandi Staier    Baker County Middle School   Growing with Reading   $2,000.00

    Sharon Holtom and Jessica Odom   Baker County Middle School   Anchoring Student Success in Science   $611.00

    Brianna MacFarlane   Baker County Middle School   Toys for Team Building!   $1,227.42

    Hunter Burnsed    Baker County High School   The Tower Garden Flex Growing System   $2,000.00

    Donna Ruis   Legacy Elementary School   League of Logic (L.O.L.)   $1,402.42

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Clay Electric Foundation

  • The Baker County Education Foundation was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the Clay Electric Foundation, Operation Round Up.  This grant is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant for students enrolled in a Digital Informational Technology class.  Jacob Anderson and Forrest Elledge, both teachers at Baker County Middle School, wrote this grant and will be implementing it throughout this school year.

    Clay Electric implemented Operation Round Up in 2016. The program “rounds up” each participating member’s bill to the nearest dollar, and that tax-deductible amount goes directly to the Clay Electric Foundation.  The Baker County Education Foundation and Baker County Middle School thank Clay Electric for their support to our students and community.  Their efforts provide financial assistance which helps improve the quality of life in our schools and community.

    Congratulations to Baker County Middle School on this outstanding award. 

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Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation

  • Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation, Inc.

    The Baker County Education Foundation was recently awarded a $2500 grant by the Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation, Inc. This grant will enable the Baker County High School Interact Club to fund and implement three service projects for the Baker County Council on Aging.  They will purchase Chromebooks for the center for the residents to use and will provide training on how to use these computers.  This training will include looking things up on the internet and learning how to send emails.  We will also be able to purchase supplies for art and craft days, which are held once a week.  Students from the Interact Club will volunteer their time to assist the senior citizens in learning to paint on canvas on three of these days.  In their third project they will make 30 Christmas baskets for the seniors. 

    The assistance of organizations like the Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation, Inc. enables this school district to accomplish far more than it otherwise could have.  The Baker County Education Foundation and the Baker County High School, thank Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation, Inc. for their support to our students and community.

    Congratulations to Baker County High School on this outstanding award. 

    Okefenoke Rural Electric Foundation, Inc.


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AT&T Full STEAM Ahead

  • Baker County Education Foundation has received an AT&T grant. For more information about this grant click here. 

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Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program

  • We are so excited to share that the Baker County Education Foundation is now participating in the Giving Tag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers of Winn-Dixie stores to contribute to their local community, while supporting the environment.

    This ongoing opportunity can be taken advantage of at any Winn-Dixie store.  All you have to do is purchase any of the $2.99 reusable Community Bags, follow the instructions on the attached Giving Tag and we will receive a $1 donation!
    This is a great way to support the environment and fundraise for the Foundation.  If all customers purchased a bag and directed the $1 donation to the Foundation, we would be able to sponsor additional scholarships for our students and staff!
    Let's get started!  We can begin sharing the news of this opportunity with our friends and family.  Call, send emails, and post on social media.  The more people who learn about the program, purchase the Community Bag and use the attached Giving Tag to direct the donation to the Baker County Education Foundation, the more money we will raise for the children of Baker County! 
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BCEF 2022-2023 Annual Report

    2022-23 ANNUAL REPORT

    The Baker County Education Foundation had another great year in 2022-23! The Foundation provided $48,500.00 for student scholarships, $6,000.00 for prior graduate scholarships, $24,580.82 in grants for teachers and schools, and $29,566.50 for special projects. A total of $108,647.32 was awarded in 2022-23.

    During the last 34 years, the Foundation, a non-profit organization, has funded 889 student scholarships, 206 employee and/or prior graduate scholarships, 552 grants for teachers and schools, and 62 special projects, totaling $1,648,525.52. A tremendous amount of this was made possible through payroll deduction by school employees.

    The Baker County Education Foundation was originally founded in 1989 with school district employees being the original contributors through payroll deductions.  Payroll contributions remains the main source of funding for the Foundation.  The number of employees contributing to the Foundation has grown each year with a total of 276 employees contributing during the 2022-2023 year and giving a total of $14,520.00.  The generosity of our school employees throughout the district, which includes instructional, non-instructional, and administrative personnel, has enabled our Foundation to be a great success in our community.

    The main goal of the Baker County Education Foundation is to promote quality education. Through the years, a number of organizations, business partners, individual donors and families have participated in helping the Foundation achieve these goals. The Foundation is very proud of the accomplishments it has achieved through their support and financial contributions.

    If you are a contributor, we hope that you will continue your support of the Foundation. If you are not involved, please consider becoming a member this year. You will be supporting the development of our greatest assets, our children. Also, the Foundation benefits from the purchase of specialty education vehicle tags. A portion of the tag sale is returned to the Foundation.

    Again, we thank all of our supporters of the Baker County Education Foundation.  We contribute our success to the commitment that each of you have given to our organization. Our employees have made us what we are today!


                           REMEMBER, YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!              
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Take Stock in Children

  •  Take Stock in Children (TSIC) provides tuition scholarships to attend Florida Gateway College for selected eighth graders whose families meet the income guidelines for free or reduced lunch. Students must reside in the county where they are applying. Student applications are provided to eighth grade students around April of each year.

    Students receiving scholarships must agree to: 
    Stay off drugs
    Stay crime free
    Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average
    Maintain good citizenship both in and out of school
    Meet with their assigned Mentor each week at school
    Attend and participate in TSIC events, as required


    To learn more about this scholarship opportunity or how to become a Mentor, please visit


  •         CFEF Logo     Matching Grant Logo  

    The Baker County Education Foundation, Inc. is a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). This organization provides support through matching grant funding.

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    For every educational specialty license plate purchased in Baker County, the Baker County Education Foundation, Inc. receives $20 from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

  •                    For questions please feel free to contact the Baker County Education Foundation department. 

                      Allen Murphy                                          Shirley Crawford 
             Associate Superintendent                           Executive Secretary
                   270 South Blvd East                                   270 South Blvd East
                   Macclenny, Fl 32063                                  Macclenny, Fl 32063
                   Office: (904) 259-0428                              Office: (904) 259-0428