President's Welcome


Welcome to the Bennett Alumni Website. We are very pleased to now have a high quality website to better serve our many alumni. We hope you will find useful information here and use the website frequently. Among the most important goals of the website is to assist our reunion classes in planning their events and reaching their classmates. If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know.  Are YOU a member of the Bennett High Alumni Association? If not, please join.

Irene McLeish- Greene, President

If you are looking for reunion information, please join our Blog or use our Contact Us form.


 

Your Dues Dollars at Work


The Bennett Alumni Association takes great pride in the support that it gives directly to the students. Each year, the dues money and donations you send are used as a resource for curricular expenses not provided by the Board of Education and unaffordable to many of our students. Here are a few examples of what your Alumni Association has already done this year:

Mini GrantsMini Grants

Each year, your Alumni Association offers monetary grants (up to $500 each) for special projects and activities that will enhance the education of our students. This year's applications have recently been distributed. In the past, the Alumni Association has awarded mini-grants to teacher and staff for field trips, books, attendance incentives, guest speakers, art materials, musical instrument and instructional electronic equipment to name a few.

 

Step up to writingStep Up to Writing

Step Up to Writing is a proven program to help students learn how to be better writers. Step Up to Writing has the students use highlighters to sort the elements of good writing and to apply them to their own writing. There were no school funds for highlighters so your dues dollars were used to give every student a set of their own highlighters. This was advantageous to the teachers as the kids all had the same standard set available.

 

prizesRecruiting Prizes

Each year, 8th graders are invited to attend the Buffalo Schools High School Showcase. It is an event where all secondary schools are represented. Students and their parents get an overview to help in their decision-making process.

Bennett wanted to give 8th graders something to remember us so a prize wheel was designed. A spin of the wheel meant a take away gift and a prompt to consider our school for application. The Alumni paid for the prizes—lanyards, key chains, stickers, etc.

IT'S EASIER THAN EVER TO HELP YOUR SCHOOL


Bennett Now Accepts Payments Through PayPal* for Dues!

*A PalPal account is not required to make a credit card payment. All major credit cards are
accepted.

Don't bother getting out your checkbook, an envelope and stamp. Don't bother
addressing an envelope.

Pay your annual $20 dues in a few easy steps:

  • go to Bennettalumni.com
  • click the "MAKE PAYMENT" button on the upper right hand side of the page
  • from there, you can make your dues payment of $20 through your credit card
  • annual dues run from July 1 through June 30

Of course, dues may still be paid by check as follows

Bennett High School Alumni Association
2885 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

BENNETT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MOVES TO ELECTRONIC PAYMENT OPTION

PAYPAL TO BE A CHOICE FOR ONLINE DONATIONS AND DUES

Paypal Payment Logo(s)Our younger alumni rarely, if ever, write checks. For most, they have gone the way of having an attendant put gas in your car or going to the store to pay a bill.

For all our tech savvy graduates and friends, younger and older, your Alumni Association will now offer an electronic option, PayPal, for donations and dues.

PayPal has three big benefits: it is widely used, so there is strong familiarity and trust around the service; it is very convenient and it secures your personal information. Best of all, it saves the time and bother of writing and mailing a check.

You do not have to have your own PayPal account to send money to the Alumni Association. A link will be provided in information sent by the Association which directs you to PayPal and walks you through the payment steps.

While your Association offers this electronic choice, please remember that paper checks are always received with appreciation and gratitude.

Click here to make a payment

 

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Good Times, Good Friends

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THE BENNETT MEMORIAL WALKWAY AND GARDEN

 

On Friday, September 23, 2016, a glorious fall day, over 50 alumni and their guests gathered to celebrate and dedicate our Memorial Walkway, located in the front of the school.

Paver bricks and a bench, engraved with the names and dates of many special people and events, had memorial candles placed next to them. After a brief ceremony hallowing the space and naming those recognized, the outdoor ceremony concluded with the singing of the Alma Mater followed by a reception at which special memories were shared.

Each year, on the Friday of Alumni Weekend, we will be dedicating and memorializing the new pavers, benches and trees. This year, we will gather on September 22, 2017 to pay homage to our Bennett family. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

If you would like to create a memory for a Bennettonian, living or deceased, please contact Neil Lange at 716-308-5451 or neilriv@aol.com. Bricks range from $75 to $200 depending on size and placement. Tree sponsorship is $850 and granite benches start at $3750.

Feel free to come by the school anytime and visit the garden. “Bennett, Bennett, Thine Forever!”

The Tigers Live On


Bennett Enjoys Exciting Sports News!
 

Headline:  Buffalo News, February 2, 2017, sports page C3

National Signing Day Notebook (excerpt)

Bennett had plenty of reasons to smile Wednesday and not just because Isaiah McDuffie (Boston College) and Brandon Brown (Central Michigan) headlined a list of 10 athletes who earned student-athlete opportunities at either the collegiate or prep school level.

Buffalo Public School Athletic Director Aubrey Lloyd and his district superior David Mauricio confirmed that the Bennett name will live on in area sports lore. Effective the next academic year, all athletic teams at the school will be Tigers.

Football was slated to be the last of the teams to represent Bennett due to a phase-out plan that has since been aborted by the school district. The reboot of the school last September in which the district admitted freshmen for the first time in three years, along with the influence from Bennett Alumni, appears to have played a role in the plan to bring back the Bennett name in sports. Non-football athletes at the school are competing with Middle Early College since there weren’t enough students to field complete teams in other sports. (Football is a merged outfit with other nearby schools that don’t offer sports.)  


 

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See the Buffalo News article about the rebirth of Bennett that appeared in the Tuesday, August 23, 2016, edition of the Buffalo News. Please click the image to view the whole article! 

 

Buffalo News Article

The Alumni Association is grateful for the past and continuing work of everyone who contributed to the Redesign. The front-page picture could have included hundreds who helped save our school. Thanks to everyone involved we can enjoy its proud past and look forward to its promising future.

Honor Garden and Memorial Walkway

A beautiful garden has been built in front of the school and was dedicated in a ceremony on September 23. It features landscaping, a lovely place to sit and the engraved names of those who chose to be part of creating this special place. Stop by and read the “bricks” that have been named and reflect on the ties that bind so many to Bennett. If you are interested n adding a name or sentiment, please call Bennett at 716-816-4250 and leave a message for Neil Lange. He will return your call with the details.

 

Mentoring

In the past few years, the graduation rate at Bennett has increased dramatically. The mentors from our Alumni Associationave been credited with being a major component in this advance. If you have a phone and a little time, you can make auge impact. Please call Bennett at 716-816-4250 and leave a message for Jackie Jordan. She will return your call with thedetails.


Membership and Dues

If you have already sent your dues for your Alumni Association membership for 2016-2017, thank you so much. If you have not, please send a $20 check to the Bennett Alumni Association, 2285 Main St. Buffalo, NY