The Academic Oversight Committee's (commonly known as AOC) two premier fundraising events are the Bristol Fall Classic and Jazz on the River concert. The Bristol Fall Classic is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the Jazz on the River concert is targeted for the last Friday in June.
The Bristol Fall Classic is an annual fundraising event for the benefit of Bristol Borough’s students attending one of the three 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Each year, the event includes a theme featuring the career, community and volunteer highlights of a Person of the Year honoree upon which this gala fundraiser is structured.
The Person(s) of the Year also participates in the Bristol High School Symposium held the week leading up to the Bristol Fall Classic. A Student of the Year, nominated and selected by the professional staff based on a defined set of criteria, is announced at the conclusion of the Symposium.
The AOC also seeks to recognize Bristol Borough educators who exemplify excellence in their profession. Selected by their peers, an honoree from each Borough school (Snyder-Girotti Elementary, Bristol Middle, Bristol Jr/Sr High, and St. Mark Parochial School) is named Teacher of the Year and also honored at the Bristol Fall Classic.
The Jazz on the River concert is a warm weather event, outside on a patio, usually the last Friday night in June, and is generously hosted by the King George II Inn. Casual and comfortable attire is the norm, and libations include two adult drink choices of wine or beer. Abundant amounts of fine-food, accompanied by incredible jazz music with the best panoramic view along the Delaware River, makes for a great night out. Jazz on the River includes the formal announcement of the AOC's four Teachers of the Year.
The uncommon philanthropy of the King George II Inn to host Jazz on the River is matched by the sharing of incidental expenses related to the concert with the Celtic Heritage Foundation. All proceeds from Jazz on the River support AOC programming.
These two marquee events, in addition to continuous grant–writing activities, help provide the supplemental funding required to ensure the AOC's goals.