We are Friends of Budlong

We are a volunteer group of parents whose main purpose is to work collaboratively and respectfully with Budlong Elementary School to fundraise to enhance the Budlong experience. We are striving to make Budlong Elementary School and Friends of Budlong an incredible resource for every child and family in our community. We are proud to Be Budlong Beautiful.

#withbudlong #bebudlongbeautiful

Please help us thank and support our PLATINUM Sponsors who have so generously supported us!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Meeting

FOB Meeting

Board Member only

Thursday, April 22nd

8:00pm on Google Meet

#withBudlong Giveback

Join us Saturday 4/17 for The Book Cellar Giveback!

Go to The Book Cellar in the Square and and say you're #withbudlong and 15% of your order will come back to Budlong. Thank you for being #withbudlong!!

Virtual Event

Please Join us for our Goose Island Beer Tasting Fundraiser!

Friday, 4/23, at 8pm! Click on the flier above to be taken to purchase your tickets!

If you are interested in making a donation separate from the event, please click below!

Restaurant of the Month

Join us at Carbon Arc for our April Restaurant of the Month!

4/23-4/25 only!

Please place all orders by carry out or dine in and don't forget to say you're #withbudlong!

Don't forget to share pictures with us and show your #withbudlong pride!

Click on the image above to be taken to their website!

Virtual Event

Please Join us for our Virtual Story Time featuring Alex Willan & Sara Shacter from The Book Cellar!

4/27 at 7pm! Click on the flier above to be taken to our Story Time Google Meet!

If you are interested in making a donation, click below!

Click here to join Story Time!


Business Giveback

FOB strongly encourages you to shop local and support minority and women owned businesses whenever you can. We love our community and are concerned about the aftereffect of this pandemic. But we also understand that being able to afford to shop local is a privilege, and not many of us can do so. If you turn to Amazon for your shopping, please support Budlong by using AmazonSmile. Click on the image above to take you to AmazonSmile to bookmark for when you shop Amazon.


The Kindness of Bulldogs

Friends of Budlong is looking to give back in a very important way. Please read the Kindness of Bulldogs letter and consider helping if you are able. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to contact@friendsofbudlong.org. As always, thank you for being #withbudlong and for showing what it means to #bebudlongbeautiful!

Year Round Sponsorship Program!

We are excited to announce our new Year Round Sponsorship Program for the 2021/22 School Year!

FAMILIES #withBUDLONG Sponsorship!

Thank you to all of our FAMILIES #withBUDLONG! Your generous donation goes a long way in helping us continue to #bebudlongbeautiful!

Don't forget to check with your company to see if they will match your generous #withbudlong donation!

Click here to head over to our Sponsorship page for more Sponsorship information!


Your Chance to join our FAMILIES #withBUDLONG Program has not come to an end. With a donation of $10-$40, you can receive our FAMILIES #withBUDLONG Yard Sign!

Limited Supplies Available!

Click here to head over to our Sponsorship page for more Sponsorship information!

Be Budlong Beautiful!

This was a year in the making. A group project that was the vision of Katie Wales, the background work of Kate Schweitzer, and the funding of so many Budlong Families. I am so excited to share that the installation of Be Budlong Beautiful happened on Tuesday, 3/30! Head on over to Budlong and see the final product of our "Be Budlong Beautiful" on the fence by the little playground on Foster Avenue! A very special thank you to all of our Budlong Families who helped contribute and do the work to make this happen, thank you for being #withbudlong! And as always, remember to #bebudlongbeautiful

Budlong's Kitchen!

Friends of Budlong is excited to be putting together a Cookbook that helps us celebrate the diversity and different cultures here at Budlong.

If you would like to submit a recipe, please email Elizabeth Burba at elizabethburbarn@gmail.com. Please include student name, grade/teacher, culture of origin, fun fact, and a photo!

We are looking forward to this coming to life, celebrating each other by sharing a meal!

Budlong Hero!

We are proud to announce April's Budlong Hero is Ms. Alma! She is kind, caring, helpful, and our students and staff love her so much. She ensures our pre-K students are supported in the classroom. If you were to look up a definition of the Budlong habit of heart, you’d see her picture! Ms. Alma is truly a Budlong Hero! She is a Budlong treasure, a true example of how to #bebudlongbeautiful and we are honored to have her be April's #budlonghero!!

To nominate someone to be May's Budlong Hero, please reach out to contact@friendsofbudlong.org

Virtual Event

Thank you to our host, The Book Cellar, for hosting our virtual story hour!

Stay tuned for more of our virtual events coming throughout 2021!

Have ideas or are interested in hosting a virtual event? Please reach out to contact@friendsofbudlong.org

If you are interested in making a donation, click below!

Spirit Wear Pickup!

The Spirit Wear shop is open and FOB is here to package and hand out your orders COVID safe rain, snow or shine. You can head on over to our Spirit Wear page to place you next order and see when our next pickup date will be. Don't forget to wear your Spirit Wear to class on Wednesdays. Virtual or not, we're proud to be #withbudlong!

Check out our new "Back to School Bundle"!

50% off all Christmas Ornaments!

Head over to our Spirit Wear page for updates on all of our pickup dates.

Teacher Appreciation!

We truly believe that our Teachers and Staff here at Budlong are the best of the best! They show us every day how to #bebudlongbeautiful and because of their tremendous efforts every single day, we are proud to be #withbudlong! Thank you, Budlong Staff, for all you do! We love and appreciate you!!

Funding Technology!

FOB was able to fund 65 new Chromebooks that have officially arrived at the school! FOB was also able to fund a Grade Transferer Software, which allows teachers to transfer grades from Google Classroom to Aspen, reducing teachers admin time!

Click here to request a Budlong Chromebook!