Throughout the year, BADGE schedules informative and thought-provoking programs ranging from presentations by experts in the field of gifted education, to forums for parents and teachers, to presentations by teachers, students, and former students.  Additional issue-oriented meetings are called as they are needed, and frequently committees are formed to work together on solutions to specific problems.

All meetings begin at 7pm and are held at the Shafer Library (2nd Floor) unless otherwise noted:

  • Wednesday, October 3rd:
    The Journey from Elementary School to College Admission: What Parents and Students Need to Know about Getting Accepted into the Right College. 
    Size, location, tuition, degrees, scholarships, sports, social life—learn from a panel of Admission Counselors about the process of  finding a college that is a good fit for your student and the steps necessary to get accepted.
  • Thursday, November 15th
  • Wednesday, January 16th
  • Thursday, February 7th
  • Wednesday, March 6th
  • Tuesday, April 9th

A reminder: you do not have to be a BADGE member, have a child in the gifted program, or even live in Bensalem Township in order to attend BADGE meetings.  We encourage you to invite any friends, neighbors, or relatives who might be interested in learning more about gifted education to join us.

Information Tables

Often the parents with the most questions about gifted education are those whose children have not yet been identified. To reach these parents and others, BADGE volunteers offer information and handouts at the Back To School Nights, at 9th grade orientation, and at Bensalem Fall Festival

In you are interested in volunteering for one of these events or would like more information about how you can help, please contact us at  If not, please stop by to say hello!

2018-2019 “Back to School Night” Dates:

Belmont Hills Elementary School– Thursday, 9/13

Cornwells Elementary School– Thursday, 9/6

Samuel K. Faust Elementary School– Monday, 9/24

Benjamin Rush Elementary School– Monday, 9/17

Russell C. Struble Elementary School– Wednesday, 9/5

Valley Elementary School– Thursday, 9/27

Robert K. Shafer Middle School– Tuesday, 9/4

Cecelia Snyder Middle School– Thursday, 9/20

Bensalem High School– Tuesday, 9/25

5th Grade Transition Party

In June,  BADGE sponsors a bowling party for the 5th grade SIP students.  This event provides a chance for the children to meet their new classmates and ease their concerns about starting middle school. Parents of children currently in 5th grade are asked to consider volunteering to help organize this event.

Other Social Events

Popsicles on the Playground – Monday, August 20th, 6:30-7:30pm, Imagination Playground, 3700 Hulmeville Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020

We are always interested in providing opportunities for BADGE families and friends to connect socially.  We welcome suggestions and assistance in planning activities.  Contact